Monthly archive for November 2016

Why a Physical Therapy Consultation Could Benefit You

Do you get shin pain when you run? Has your back been aching for some time now? Oftentimes we get these aches and pains and we’re not sure where they came from or what caused them. We put off going to the doctor thinking they’ll just go away. But what if there was a way to learn more about your issue, the cause, and the best way to fix it, free of charge?

When you schedule a free consultation with a physical therapist you’ll have the opportunity to explain your issue/pain and we can help determine whether physical therapy is the right option for you, or if your symptoms are more serious and warrant the need to seek further treatment from a physician. You can leave your consultation with a better idea of what you’re facing, and possible steps to resolve the issue.  You may also be given a few exercises to try out at home to see if things get better.

Benefits of a free physical therapy consultation
– No obligation – this is a casual, no cost conversation where we talk about what’s bothering you and determine the next best steps.
– Fast and easy – we’re located right in your backyard and the appointment only lasts about a half hour. We’ll save you the time and cost of having to visit an alternative healthcare provider first.
– If we believe you’d benefit from physical therapy, massage, or personal training, we’ll let you know how to get started and what services may be covered through insurance.
– Low commitment – many issues can be fixed, leaving you pain free, in just a few sessions. You don’t always have to come multiple times per week, sometimes one or two visits is all it takes.
– Insight – if we do recommend that you seek additional treatment from a doctor, you can go into the appointment with some background information on the potential cause of your pain.

consultation_physical_therapy1“Consultations are a great resource because they allow a client to seek information or advice from an expert. You get a taste of our clinical knowledge and skills, as well as an understanding for how we can work together to relieve your pain.” – Corey Kuipers, DPT, Physical Therapist at our Coopersville clinic


“The initial consultation was helpful, it gave us peace of mind before scheduling our first appointment. The therapist was very knowledgeable and knew exactly what to look for, as they’re used to seeing these types of issues.” Ryan Burk talks about his daughter Jacie’s consultation

Ryan’s daughter Jacie began experiencing pain in her knees when she ran, leading to her departure from the cross country team. Not sure what was causing the pain or how to go about fixing it, they came in for a free consultation with one of our physical therapists. At the end of their visit, we determined that Jacie would benefit from physical therapy so we helped them get a prescription from their doctor so her treatments would be covered by insurance.

If you have a nagging pain or questions about something that’s going on in your body, don’t hesitate to request your free consultation right away. Click here to set up your request and we’ll call you within one business day to schedule an appointment to determine if physical therapy is right for you. You’ve got nothing to lose, except for your pain.

Dawn’s Weight Loss Story

Weight loss is something many people struggle with and turning your life around isn’t always easy, but it is worth it. Dawn Roberts is a long time friend of Northern’s and you may recognize her from leading our water aerobics classes and weight loss support group in Grant. Her story is an inspiration and we’re happy to be able to share it with you.

“Up, down, up, down, up, down… No, I’m not talking about kneeling and praying, although I have done a lot of that along the way! I’m referring to the long-time up and down cycles of my weight, something I’ve struggled with my entire life. Some may call me the Queen of Diets – I’ve done them all. When my mind was made up, I could diet with the best of them but back and forth or “yo-yo” dieting was my specialty. After those unsuccessful, short-lived diets I started to beat myself up. What was wrong with me? I’m very successful in all other aspects of my life, why can’t I stick to a healthy eating plan? The truth is, even after all these years I still don’t have that answer.

In a span of just a few years I lost both my best friend and cousin to complications that took place during a weight loss surgery. Those incredible losses left me feeling unsure where to turn, but weight loss surgery wasn’t something I wanted to participate in. Fast forward to New Years, 4 years ago. I ran into Lisa, a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. After losing over 100 pounds, she looked absolutely stunning! As we started talking, she told me about her vertical gastric sleeve surgery. At Life Without Limits in Muskegon, Dr. Gluck and his team don’t just perform the surgery; they make you sign a contract stating you will attend all classes prior to and a year after the surgery. I was at the heaviest point in my life, desperate for a change. After extensive research and learning the differences between this surgery and what my friend and cousin had experienced, I decided to move forward with the vertical gastric sleeve option.


Dawn, before she began her weight loss journey

July 31st, 2013 was the first day of my new life. A gastric sleeve surgery is a laparoscopic surgery where a large portion of your stomach is taken away, leaving a smaller, sleeve-looking portion. Nothing is added to the stomach and there is no rerouting of the intestines. Your stomach becomes significantly smaller, meaning your food portions need to become smaller as well.

Exercise was the other staple of the program – exercise was my worst enemy and I hated every second of it. But I remembered that I signed a contract. That’s when I discovered Northern Physical Therapy and all the fitness options they had to offer. I signed up for their water aerobics class and did some walking on my “off” days. After 8 months of continuously attending classes at Northern, I stepped into the water aerobics leader position. Now, I teach seven classes a week and absolutely love it! This is something I never expected of myself just a few short years ago. Knowing that I had a story to share and the desire to help others who struggle with weight, I started the Bariatric/weight loss support group at Northern PT. The amazing group of people and the team at Northern keep me accountable for my health. After all, how can I lead it if I don’t live it? I’ve reclaimed my life through fitness and support, and I will never go back to my old ways.


Dawn looks and feels great after continuing her exercise program

I always welcome the opportunity to talk to others who are struggling with their weight. And I encourage people to join my water aerobics classes or attend the weight loss support group. There is never any judgment, only support. Together we encourage each other to look ahead, make the right choices, and say goodbye to old habits.” Dawn Roberts, Northern Physical Therapy water aerobics instructor and weight loss support group leader

Our co-owner Janis Kemper has struggled with weight loss herself. She shared her story, along with a follow up two years later. Read her inspirational take on the life changes she’s made here.