Active & Aging

A positive attitude reaps positive results

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Active & Aging, Healthy Living | 0 comments

A positive attitude reaps positive results

“Mind over matter” may seem a bit cliché when it comes to health and science, but in Brock Monger’s world, a positive attitude plays an undeniable role in reaching and maintaining optimal health. A physical therapist and co-owner at Apex Physical Therapy in Madras, Monger has witnessed numerous success stories, from clients overcoming chronic pain issues to those achieving full range of motion following surgery. And for each of these successes exists a single, underlying factor affecting the patient’s final outcome: a positive attitude. “The people who achieve the most success in physical...

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Stroke is preventable, says Apex PT during Stroke Awareness Month

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Active & Aging, Exercise, Healthy Living, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Stroke is preventable, says Apex PT during Stroke Awareness Month

As we start what’s been known since 1989 as National Stroke Awareness Month (May), Madras physical therapist Brock Monger is eager to point out that stroke is a medical emergency that’s highly preventable, and that movement and exercise are keys to such prevention. “As is true with so many conditions and ailments, getting out and living an active life can go a long way toward preventing stroke, which touches so many people across the country,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “In fact, so many of the consequences of living a more sedentary lifestyle – weight gain, high blood...

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Protect your back in the garden and yard

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Active & Aging, Injury Prevention, Seasonal | 0 comments

Protect your back in the garden and yard

As winter turns to spring and local green thumbs plan for a season of gardening and general yard maintenance, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger has a message for garden and landscape enthusiasts: watch your back. “When gardening, a fact majority of your movement takes place in a bent position, which is unnatural on the body and, when prolonged, can lead to lower-back pain,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “Repetitive bending, reaching, twisting and lifting – all actions common to gardening – tend to put the lower-lumbar area of your back at risk.” Gardening remains one...

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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 the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention...

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Physical exercise essential for strong mind

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Active & Aging, Exercise | 0 comments

Physical exercise essential for strong mind

While a relationship between the body and mind has long been theorized – 1st century Roman poet Juvenal once suggested people should pray for “mens sana in corpore sano” (a sound mind in a sound body) over power and wealth – Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT, points out that today, a physiological connection between physical exercise and improved memory has been well-documented scientifically. “Researchers generally agree that one of the most important things you can do to improve memory and protect yourself from memory loss is to make physical exercise a part of your life,” said...

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’Tis the season for weekend fun runs

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Active & Aging, Athlete Injury, Exercise, Healthy Living, Physical Therapy, Seasonal | 0 comments

’Tis the season for weekend fun runs, charity 5Ks and multi-stage team relays like Bend’s Pole Pedal Paddle. But as recreation and competitive runners hit the roads and trails to prepare for upcoming events, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT, reminds us that avoiding common early season training mistakes can keep runners healthy and competitive throughout the season. “Plantar fasciitis, Achilles problems, knee pain and IT band friction syndrome are all common running injuries we see at the clinic, especially early in the season when people are training for races and getting their...

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