Monthly archive for February 2015

Our Grand Rapids Physical Therapy Clinic is Open for Business

March 2 marks a very exciting day for us here at Northern. After months of planning and prepping, our physical therapy clinic in Grand Rapids will be open for business! This PT clinic is really unique in that it’s located inside the Northview Community Fitness Center, which is ideal because we have an incredible amount of equipment within arm’s reach, making it easy to help patients stretch, exercise, and get back to feeling great again. 

We’ve already got patients in the books and we’re ready to go! We’ll be helping people who are dealing with back pain, neck pain, sore shoulders, sprained ankles, sports rehabilitation, recovery after surgery or injury, and everything in between.

Our Grand Rapids physical therapy clinic will be open for business on March 2

The clinic is located in the fitness wing of Northview High School at 4451 Hunsberger Avenue NE in Grand Rapids. Even though we’re in the high school, both the physical therapy clinic and the fitness center are open to the public! To make an appointment with one of our physical therapists, call us at 616.947.2720 and we can get you scheduled right away.

We couldn’t be more excited about this news! Tell your friends and family that there’s a new physical therapy clinic in town and we’re ready to get you back to living pain free!

We’re Talking About RunFit 5k Training on eightWest

Are you ready to start training for a 5k? Do you have questions about fitness? Well, set your DVRs for March 11 because we’ll be back on eightWest and this time we’re talking about fitness and our RunFit 5k training program. You may have caught us chatting with the eightWest crew about women’s health and direct access to physical therapy, so we’re excited to be back on once again.

Our RunFit 5k training program is ideal for people who are thinking about training for a 5k or looking for a fun group of people to run with each week. At each session you’ll meet with an exercise coach and gradually progress in distance and speed. The class will offer weekly education on stretching, nutrition, strengthening, proper running form, proper shoe fitting, and orthotic inserts. Participants will also have access to a physical therapist and exercise specialist to answer questions. And, there will be a weekly opportunity to win a gift certificate.

RunFit starts March 6 in Wayland, March 7 in Coopersville, and March 18 in Grand Rapids. Our Cedar Springs program is currently underway but they’re only one week in so you can still sign up and jump in and our coaches will make sure you’re up to speed on all the details. Get more information and register for any of our fitness classes here.

We’ll be giving details about the RunFit program on eightWest, along with some fitness tips and demonstrations. Tune in to WOOD TV8 on Wednesday, March 11 at 11am to see our segment.

Growing older, growing wiser, and everything in between

This letter was sent to us by a dear friend, Mrs. Greta Heugel. Greta received the letter from her son and she updated it as it applied to her own life. She plans to read the letter at her church circle meeting in March as part of her devotions and will dedicate it to a beautiful 93-year-old friend of hers. Thank you, Greta, for sharing your words of wisdom with us.


I want to dedicate this to all the over-90 persons I know.

I was asked the question: “Do you like being old?”
How dare anyone think I am old. Older, perhaps, but not old.
I am older than most of you, but being 90 is no big thing.
I thought about the question before I answered.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon, before they understood the greatest freedom that comes with aging. Whose business is it, if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 am or sleep until noon.

I will dance with myself (even with a walker) to those wonderful tunes of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and if, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach (if I can get someone to drive me there) in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances of the jet set. They, too will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But, there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, eventually, I remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car. But broken hearts are what gives us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn white and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn to silver or white. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less what other people think. I don’t question myself any more. I’ve earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question:
I like being old.
It has set me free.
I even like the person I have become.
I am not going to live forever, but while I am here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been
or worrying what will be.