Injury Prevention

Annual physical therapy checkups essential for active adults, healthy aging

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Active & Aging, Healthy Living, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Annual physical therapy checkups essential for active adults, healthy aging

We all know that visiting your physician for an annual physical is critical in maintaining long-term health, just as dental exams twice each year helps ensure oral health throughout a lifetime. But what about annual checkups with a physical therapist? According to Brock Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras, annual physical therapy checkups provide the third critical (and often overlooked) piece in long-term health and preventative care. “The primary focus of a physical therapist is the musculoskeletal system – the bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues that make it...

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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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Embrace cross training to achieve health goals, says Apex Physical Therapist

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Exercise, Injury Prevention, Pain Relief | 0 comments

Embrace cross training to achieve health goals, says Apex Physical Therapist

Those looking for an exercise regimen they can stick to long term may find more success if they opt for one designed around the basic theory of cross training, says Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. The reason: cross training makes workouts more agreeable to both the body and the mind. “While it may sound like a regimen that’s more extreme or for someone who’s already fit, cross training is nothing more than doing a variety of activities that challenge your body in different ways,” said Monger. “This cuts back on the wear and tear on your body and can...

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Take steps to avoid ankle sprains

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Athlete Injury, Exercise, Injury Prevention, Pain Relief | 0 comments

Take steps to avoid ankle sprains

With basketball season in full swing and winter weather affecting large areas of the country, it’s peak season for ankle sprains, one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries in the U.S. And yet Madras physical therapist Brock Monger says incidents of ankle sprains can be minimized through simple strength, balance and flexibility exercises. “Ankle sprains happens when your foot turns or twists beyond its normal range of motion due to a slip, trip or roll on an uneven surface, injuring the ligaments in in your ankle,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “A sprained ankle is...

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Avoid ‘text neck’ injury with better smartphone posture, says Apex PT

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Healthy Living, Injury Prevention, Technology | 0 comments

Avoid ‘text neck’ injury with better smartphone posture, says Apex PT

In so many ways, our smartphones make elements of our lives easier and more convenient, putting the world at our fingertips at a moment’s notice. But as we turn to our phones more often to connect, learn about the world and simply occupy downtime, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger warns that these technological tools have a downside. “Prolonged smartphone and tablet use makes it easier for us to adopt bad posture, which can have long-term health consequences,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “As we spend time looking down at our phones, we’re often bending our heads...

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