Seasonal

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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’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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APEX Physical Therapy Summit Challenge 2016

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Events, Exercise, Healthy Living, Physical Therapy, Seasonal | 0 comments

Take on the APEX Physical Therapy Summit Challenge 2016! The goal of the challenge is to encourage exploration of our beautiful Central Oregon Peaks, make new friends, have fun, and be fit! Whether you are a novice or an expert, you can participate. The challenge is to climb 4 peaks in 4 months ending with the South Sister Summit in September. The 4 hikes will be Black Butte, Black Crater, Mt Bachelor, and South Sister. The hikes are progressive in nature with longer distances or higher elevations to prepare you for your final challenge.  All 4 hikes will be led by APEX Physical Therapist...

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Be SMART when setting health goals

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Exercise, Healthy Living, Physical Therapy, Seasonal | 0 comments

While annual statistics are bleak when it comes to the success rates of New Year’s resolutions, don’t conclude that goalsetting is a fruitless endeavor, says physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT. Simply resolve to set smarter goals. “This time of year, goals often reflect a commitment to better health, which I definitely applaud,” said Monger, owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “But whether you’re looking to work out more, lose weight or eat better, creating new habits is a difficult process – a process that begins with setting goals that are meaningful, specific and clear.” According...

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Combat holiday stress with exercise

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Healthy Living, Physical Therapy, Seasonal | 0 comments

When a demanding holiday season leaves you twisted in knots from the stresses of commitments, crowds, shopping and entertaining, physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT, has a suggestion: sweat away that stress by making exercise a part of your holiday routine. “Nearly any form of exercise – walking, running, lifting weights or taking a yoga class – can serve as a stress reliever during particularly difficult stretches, such as the holiday season,” said Monger, owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “Movement is a powerful remedy for not only stress, but also for easing the symptoms of mild...

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