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Apex Physical Therapy Guest Speaker at Madras High Health Occupations Class

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Apex Physical Therapy Guest Speaker at Madras High Health Occupations Class

On April 22nd, I had the honor to speak and interact with the MHS Health Occupations class.  The class is taught by Shawna McConnell and includes future health care leaders as students.  Over the last couple of years, Apex has been one of the community health occupations sites through which students rotate.  Each student rotating through the clinic spends time shadowing a physical therapist working with patients and learns more about the profession.  Our topics of conversation on Monday covered the profession of Physical Therapy and...

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Help Us Support Madras’ New Recreational Trail Project

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Help Us Support Madras’ New Recreational Trail Project

We wanted to inform you of a great community project worthy of highlighting and getting you excited about. Central Oregon Trail Alliance Madras Chapter is heading a multi-user recreational trail project in the East Hills of Madras. This means that you will have a place to get out in the dirt with your mountain bike, horse, dog, or running shoes and make some peace with the Cascade mountain range and high desert landscape. The trail project is still under construction but before long the group is going to need lots of volunteer effort to...

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7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in Exercise | 0 comments

7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

It’s vacation season, and for many that means visiting far away friends, exploring new places and possibly even crossing some things off the ol’ bucket list.  Unfortunately, traveling often also means lots of sitting, interrupted sleep patterns due to time zone changes, unhealthy eating, and workout routines that are sporadic, if not nonexistent.  According to Apex physical therapist Brock Monger, however, travel doesn’t have to be synonymous with unhealthy habits and a lack of exercise.  “Vacations are a time to...

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How to Talk Positively About Exercise with Your Kids

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Exercise, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

How to Talk Positively About Exercise with Your Kids

All kids need exercise. Stacks of scientific research through the years support the myriad ways exercise helps young bodies and minds as they develop and grow. It’s important, then, for parents to encourage their children to be active and develop healthful habits as they grow and develop. During such conversations, however, Apex physical therapist Brock Monger says setting a positive tone is paramount. “Learning the values of good fitness and nutrition should be a confidence-building exercise for kids and adolescents,” said Monger, co-owner...

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Get Moving with Tai Chi

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Get Moving with Tai Chi

After attending a Tai Chi workshop, I became fascinated with this ancient Chinese art of movement. With facts boasting of 47 percent reduction in fall rate and a way to meld strength, balance and coordination it became clear I had found a new way to educate our clients here at Apex with a form of exercise that they could continue after completing their course of formal physical therapy. As a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), in Tai Chi I see elements of joint range of motion, weight shifting, core stabilization, balance and collective...

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5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older, according to Apex Physical Therapy

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Active & Aging | 1 comment

5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older, according to Apex Physical Therapy

While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for less activity and slowing down is definitely antiquated, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. And yet, when it comes to exercise for the 55-and-older population, plenty of myths continue to drive people’s actions – or rater, inactions – when it comes to putting in the right amount of sweat equity to stay healthy and active. “From a purely physiological perspective,...

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Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Optimal Physical, Mental Health

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Optimal Physical, Mental Health

At a time when studies indicate people are getting increasingly less sleep, one thing remains clear, says physical therapist Brock Monger of Madras: we need to take sleep much more seriously as it is critical to both health and healing. “Those who don’t get enough sleep are prone to a number of health-related issues that can interfere with quality of life and even life expectancy,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “This can also interfere with healing, overall mood, cognition, and energy levels. There is a link...

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Keeping Our First Responders Healthy and On the Job

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Keeping Our First Responders Healthy and On the Job

They’re the first to help those in emergency situations, but first responders are among the most selfless when they experience pain or injury of their own, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), more than 22,000 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) first responders suffer on-the-job injuries each year – about 8 percent of the workforce. “Ironically, one of the main reasons first responders are injured on the job is because they are unlikely to report injuries in the first...

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Early Access to Physical Therapy can Improve Health Costs, Treatment Paths

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Back Pain, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Early Access to Physical Therapy can Improve Health Costs, Treatment Paths

Early access to effective and evidenced-based health care for a medical condition can greatly influence the direction and duration of treatment, as well as overall cost of care, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. And with October being National Physical Therapy Month, Monger points to research that shows people suffering from some musculoskeletal conditions, like low-back pain, are often better off seeing a physical therapist early as opposed to relying only on rest and medication management. For instance, according to a study...

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Pools offer both fitness, relief for older adults

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Exercise, Healthy Living, Pain Relief, Physical Therapy | 1 comment

Pools offer both fitness, relief for older adults

While drinking plenty of water is critical to life, health and healing, simply submerging your body in water (i.e., a pool) opens up opportunities for relief and fitness for those who otherwise may have difficulty exercising.  This is especially important for aging adults and those with chronic conditions, said Madras physical therapist Brock Monger.  “When our bodies are submerged in water, such as in a pool, we become lighter,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “This, coupled with the natural resistance water places...

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