What Does it Mean to Own Your Own Health?

With more and more money coming out of your own pocket due to inflated insurance premiums, high deductibles, and costly co-insurance, you need to be sure you are getting the most for your money when it comes to your healthcare. One way to do that is to "Own Your Own Healthcare" may have heard this term before but aren't sure what it means, or maybe you know that you're ready to take control of your own health but aren't sure how to start.

4 Ways to Save Money on Healthcare Costs

With the rising health care costs in our country, many people are looking for ways to save money on their health spending. Rising insurance premiums, high deductibles, specialist visits, and expensive testing all contribute to the obscene amount of money that can be spent on a single, easily treatable injury. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to save money on healthcare.

Tennis Exercises and Stretches

Written by Katie Muenzberg, MSPT, OCS, FAFS

Tennis is an awesome lifelong sport.  However, tennis can cause injury to many parts of the body due to repetition and use of your dominant arm and your spine, as well as the high-speed impact on the racquet. It requires balance, coordination, speed and power.  

Get Ready for Hockey Playoffs

Written by Mark Bittinger, PT, DPT

April is here and the regular hockey season is wrapping up. Which means playoffs are here and the intensity is picking up. By this point, I’m sure most of us have a few bumps and bruises we’re managing. I put together a quick and easy warm up to help keep you healthy through the playoffs and into the summer.   

Living with Arthritis: Move More or Move Less?

“I can’t hike anymore because of my arthritis.” “I can’t bike anymore because of my arthritis.” “My arthritis is so bad I can’t play with my grandkids.” These are all statements I have heard from clients over the last decade of being a physical therapist. Is this truth or is this fiction? Many people acquire a diagnosis like “arthritis” and they are either told or they assume they should stop being active because of their new diagnosis. As a movement specialist and as a licensed physical therapist, I would like to inform and educate those of you living with arthritis so you can be active! The definition of arthritis is inflammation in one or more joints. Common symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsens with age. There are many different types of arthritis but for the purposes of today’s conversation we are going to talk about the most common form which is osteoarthritis.

Train your Weakness!

Most people have innate strengths and weaknesses. This applies with physical endeavors such as running a race or climbing a mountain, but also in the mental, social, or psychological arenas of life. It most cases, people like to spend time doing things they enjoy and training the areas where they excel. We tend to avoid doing activities we struggle with or don’t come easily. For example, I love riding my bike or running for long periods of time at a moderate pace. On the other hand, I do not enjoy short intense interval workouts where I can’t catch my breath. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a specific sport or event built for each person’s individual strengths where we never had to do what we aren’t good at? Unfortunately, that does not exist. How much faster or stronger would you get if you trained your weaknesses?

Ultramarathon Tips from Dr. Sara Bell, DPT

Sara Bell is one of our talented Physical Therapists at Lone Peak Physical Therapy.  Sara shares a unique passion for running ultramarathons. An ultramarathon is a footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 26. 2 miles or 42.195 kilometers. I had the opportunity to sit down with Sara over Thai food and pick her brain on how she went from a college basketball player to an ultra-distance runner. In this article, Sara also shares her keys running a successful ultramarathon.

Know Your Numbers

Post by: Erika Rauk, MS, RD, LN – Performance + Fitness Lab

When you look at your body from the outside you probably have so much to say, but how well do you know the inside?  How healthy are your arteries, organs, muscles, eyes, etc.? Are your blood pressure, cholesterol, and waist circumference below normal?

Snowboarding Exercise Program

We are in the heart of winter in Montana. Winter in Montana brings many opportunities to get outside and MOVE! Those opportunities may include cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, or snow shoeing. In one of our previous blog posts we discussed conditioning for skiing, let’s expand to the mobility and strength needed for snowboarding to keep you injury-free this season.