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Find relief from holiday tension headaches through physical therapy

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Healthy Living, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Find relief from holiday tension headaches through physical therapy

The fact that the season of giving, joy and celebration can also be our most stressful time of year is one of the worst kept secrets of the Holidays. And yet, year after year, we charge forward, often fighting through tension-type headaches to complete our shopping, plan for get-togethers with friends, and fulfill all our family obligations. But why fight through the headaches, asks Madras physical therapist Brock Monger with Apex Physical Therapy, when a physical therapist can often provide relief from tension-type headaches by correcting...

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Direct Access to Physical Therapy

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Clinic News, Healthy Living | 0 comments

A common question I receive is, “Can I refer myself to physical therapy, or do I need a referral for physical therapy?” Did you know that Oregon law allows for unrestricted access for patients to self-refer to physical therapy? Sure, most patients learn the benefits for physical therapy when their trusted care provider refers them to physical therapy for some musculoskeletal condition. But many people do not know that they can visit a PT on their own, without a physician’s referral. This is considered Direct Access to physical therapy....

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Physical therapy offers pain-free option for those suffering from arthritis

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Active & Aging, Exercise, Injury Prevention, Osteoporosis | 0 comments

Physical therapy offers pain-free option for those suffering from arthritis

While it’s true that arthritis suffers can find relief through movement and exercise, those living with the disorder may naturally assume such treatments would be painful. But not so, said Madras physical therapist Brock Monger. “Movement is definitely medicine for those who suffer from arthritis, but that doesn’t mean you have to move through pain,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “If exercise is painful, it can cause harmful inflammation. But mobility will go far to minimize arthritis symptoms.” For instance, according to...

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Testimonial: Reaching Great Heights with Apex Physical Therapy

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Clinic News, Testimonial | 0 comments

Testimonial: Reaching Great Heights with Apex Physical Therapy

Following our recent summit of South Sister as part of our Apex Challenge 2016, participant Steve Shannon decided he wanted to share his thoughts about the experience within the following testimonial. Enjoy!   Four months ago I never even considered that I would accomplish what I did on Saturday September 3, 2016. By most standards it isn’t much but to me it is a giant accomplishment. I have always been competitive, always wanting to win but for sure finish. Four months ago I was invited to climb 4 peaks in 4 months as part of the APEX...

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Apex Challenge 2016 concludes with summit of South Sister

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Clinic News | 0 comments

Apex Challenge 2016 concludes with summit of South Sister

The Apex Physical Therapy Summit Challenge was established to encourage the exploration of our beautiful Central Oregon peaks, make new friends, have fun, and be fit – a series of group hiking excursion where participants could summit four peaks in four months. These peaks, in order, includes Black Butte, Black Crater, Mt. Bachelor, and culminating with a South Sisters summit last month. On Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, five remaining hikers stood at the South Sister summit trailhead at 6 a.m. with 32-degree temperatures to take on the last of the...

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Join the Apex Challenge: August update!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Clinic News | 0 comments

The Apex Challenge hike #2 to the summit of Black Crater on 7/23/16 was a fantastic success! We had a beautiful day for hiking on Saturday morning with cool morning temperatures and a very scenic trail which started in the forest off Old McKenzie highway, 3 miles from the Dee Wright Observatory. We got on the trail about 7:15 a.m. and hiked for about 2.5 hours to the summit. It is a great hike that I highly recommend due to the variety of the terrain and moderate slope to the summit which is 3.7 miles from the start and gains 2400 feet of...

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Apex Physical Therapy’s Brock Monger talks sports injuries, prevention during recent radio interview

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Clinic News | 0 comments

Apex Physical Therapy co-owner Brock Monger discussed sports injury prevention and identification over the Central Oregon airwaves recently during an interview on 1110 AM KBND, Bend’s top news radio station. Invited to appear on a regular local news segment titled “Your Town,” Brock started the segment talking about student-athletes and the upcoming fall sports seasons, for which practices are set to begin soon. He discussed common early-season sports injuries for those participating in football, soccer and cross country...

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Parents: Be aware of the signs of sports injuries

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Athlete Injury, Concussion, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Parents: Be aware of the signs of sports injuries

As student-athletes head back to the practice fields late this summer, injuries are going to happen. Despite concerted efforts to reduce and prevent sports injuries, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT pointed out that it’s impossible to eliminate them from sports. So in order to ensure injuries are diagnosed and treated quickly, before they worsen, Monger said it’s paramount parents and guardians are able to quickly identify the signs of possible injury – ailments that aren’t always obvious during practice or competition, but which...

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Join the Apex Challenge: July update!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Clinic News, Events, Exercise | 0 comments

Join the Apex Challenge: July update!

On Saturday, June 25th, nine motivated hikers met in Sisters at 8 a.m. to head for the summit of Black Butte. It was a beautiful morning with clear skies and a comfortable temperature of 58 degrees. We caravanned to the trailhead on 5 miles of bumpy dirt roads once turning onto the access road to Black Butte trailhead. After a short talk about what to expect from the hike and making sure everyone was prepared, we started heading up the trail just after 9 am. The trail is 2 miles of a constant moderate uphill grade that gains 1550 feet of...

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Apex PT Josh Farrester attends course on spine, back pain

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Back Pain, Clinic News | 0 comments

Apex PT Josh Farrester attends course on spine, back pain

Apex physical therapist Josh Farrester, DPT, recently attended an educational course in Portland titled “Thrust Manipulation of the Spine” – training which covered manual therapy techniques (specifically manipulation) throughout the spine. “Low-back, mid-back, and cervical injuries consistently involve mobility limitations, postural deficits, and pain symptoms,” Josh said. “No matter if the injury is acute or chronic, these injuries often respond well to the incorporation of manual therapy techniques.” Looking at research-based interventions,...

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