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3 Easy Ways To Get Physical Therapy Advice

3 Easy Ways To Get Physical Therapy Advice

Has the recent weather left you feeling…well, under the weather? Neck and shoulder tension from white knuckle driving, back pain from shoveling, or lingering pain from a fender bender – whatever the cause may be, the effects are still being felt.

If you’re experiencing pain or seeking physical therapy, we have just the thing for you… we’re offering no-cost advice, Saturday hours, and convenient walk-in options.

Saturday Hours
On February 9 we’ll be open for special Saturday hours at select clinics. Schedule in advance by calling the clinic, or simply walk-in!
Cedar Springs: 8-10am
Coopersville: 9-11am
Comstock Park: 9-11am, plus FREE dry needling to the first 5 people who take advantage of our walk-in hours. Free dry needling is limited to 5 needles and it available only at the Comstock Park location.

Walk-Ins Welcome
Get those aches taken care of once and for all, whenever it’s convenient for you. We’re welcoming walk-ins anytime during business hours through February 8. Talk to a therapist on the spot, we can help you! As always, you can also schedule an appointment in advance if you’d prefer.

Free physical therapy advice*
Sometimes you just have a quick question, or maybe you’re unsure whether physical therapy is right for you. We’re now offering three easy ways to get in touch, at no cost!

  • Click :: Email your questions to Michelle Hertel. Michelle is a physical therapist with 28 years of experience. This is the easiest way to get a quick response on the go.
  • Call :: Speak directly to a therapist. If you want to go a step further you can schedule a FaceTime or simply call in to explain what you’re feeling and get some advice without leaving home. When you call the clinic, just explain that you’d like to talk to a therapist to get some advice and you’ll be connected!
  • Come In :: Schedule a free consultation to have a face-to-face appointment with a therapist. We’ll talk about what’s bothering you and review the next steps in treating the pain.


Schedule an appointment the week of February 4 and receive 10% off any therapy product – including Biofreeze, Yaktrax, and Kinesio Tape!

Getting access to a physical therapist is now easier than ever. If you’re unsure whether physical therapy can help you, or you’re not ready to leave the comfort of your home, give us a call or email – we’re here to help you!

*Free physical therapy advice is limited to a series of phone calls or emails; or a one-time 30 minute face-to-face consultation. Should you decide to pursue a treatment plan, costs and payment options will be discussed prior to appointment.

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4 Simple Desk Stretches for the Entire Body

4 Simple Desk Stretches for the Entire Body

Do you spend a majority of your work days sitting in a chair? Many of us do, and while we know that sometimes we get back aches or sore muscles from sitting all day, we can’t always do much about it. Or can we? Read on to see our four simple desk stretches for your entire body.

Prolonged sitting can shorten your hamstrings and hip flexors, contribute to neck and low back pain, and even diminish core strength. Without frequent standing and walking breaks, we subject ourselves to a variety of postural changes and medical issues.

We’ve talked before about the negative effects that sitting can have on your body. Today we’re expanding on that and showing you four easy desk stretches to keep the body moving and feeling good throughout the day.

Here are a few tips and desk stretches for office workers

Proper Sitting Ergonomics
Your ankles should be in neutral with feet flat on the floor, knees bent at 90 degrees, hips bent at 90 degrees, trunk in neutral, shoulders in neutral, elbows bent at 90 degrees resting on armrests, wrists in neutral with keyboard directly underneath the hands, and monitor at eye level so your neck remains neutral and relaxed.

It’s recommended to take 5-10 minutes every hour to get up, stretch, and move your body.

As always, if these exercises increase your pain at all, or if they don’t improve your symptoms after a few days, you will probably benefit from a free evaluation with a physical therapist. You can request an appointment here and we’ll reach out to you to schedule.

Office Workers Guide to Stretching & Ergonomics

Video Recap with Desk Stretches
– Seated Hamstring Stretch :: To stretch legs and hamstrings
– Seated Thoracic Rotation Stretch :: To stretch mid section, spine, trunk, and core
– Upper Trapezius Stretch :: Loosen neck and shoulders
– Levator Scapulae Stretch :: Relieve and prevent neck pain

See our other workplace stretches here.

4 Simple Desk Stretches for the Entire Body

WorkFit Services For Every Industry
Our WorkFit team consults with businesses in the manufacturing, office, and manual labor setting. We offer the following services:
– Corporate Wellness :: Designed to lower employee healthcare costs and reduce sick days. Research has shown that corporate wellness ROI can average $2.71 for every $1 spent. That’s a great return on your investment.
– Functional Capacity Evaluation :: Benefiting employers and employees by assessing a person’s ability to perform their work-related activities, before or after an injury
– Rehabilitative Services :: Safely and smoothly returning to work after an injury
– Worksite Injury Prevention :: Repetitive stress injuries are the largest category of worker injuries, and they’re also the most preventable. We’ll show you how.

One Happy Ergonomic Client
“It’s been a rewarding experience partnering with Northern over the past several years. We initially started working with them to perform ergonomic assessments for employees in both the factory and office setting with great success but, we’re now expanding this program to promote overall good health. The NPT associates understand the mechanics of not only allowing the employee to function properly at work, but to take that knowledge and apply it to their home life and family members. It’s a win-win situation for us at BISSELL.” – Dave G., Manager – Safety & Security, BISSELL


Learn more about our WorkFit services and request a team training session, or schedule a free consultation with a physical therapist.

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9 Tips to Help You Age Well

9 Tips to Help You Age Well

We can’t stop time. Or can we? The right type and amount of physical activity can help keep many age-related health problems at bay. As physical therapists and experts on movement, we can help you age well by prescribing physical activities that can help you overcome pain, gain and maintain movement, and preserve your independence—often helping you avoid the need for surgery or long-term use of prescription drugs.
9 Tips to Help You Age Well
Here are nine things physical therapists want you to know to age well. (Download the list in Adobe PDF)

1. Chronic pain doesn’t have to rule your life
Each year 116 million Americans experience chronic pain, costing billions of dollars in medical treatment, lost work time, and lost wages. Proper exercise, mobility, and pain management techniques can ease pain while moving and at rest, improving your overall quality of life.

2. You can get stronger as you age
Research shows that improvements in strength and physical function are possible in your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond, with an appropriate exercise program. Progressive resistance training has been shown to help tremendously.

3. You can lower your risk of diabetes with exercise
A quarter of Americans over the age of 60 has diabetes. Obesity and physical inactivity can put you at risk, but a regular exercise routine is one of the best ways to prevent, and manage, type 2 diabetes.

4. You may not need surgery or drugs for low back pain
Low back pain is often over-treated with surgery and drugs despite a wealth of scientific evidence and research showing that physical therapy can be an effective alternative—and with much less risk than surgery and long-term use of prescription medications.

5. Exercise can help you avoid falls—and keep your independence
About one in three U.S. adults over the age of 65 fall each year. More than half of adults over 65 report problems with movement, including walking 1/4 mile, stopping and standing. Customized exercises led by a physical therapist can improve movement and balance, and reduce your risk of falls. It can also reduce your risk of hip fractures, which are most often caused by falls.

6. Your bones want you to exercise
Osteoporosis or weak bones affects more than half of Americans over the age of 54. Exercises that keep you on your feet, like walking, jogging, or dancing, and exercises using resistance, such as weightlifting, can improve bone strength or reduce bone loss.

7. Your heart wants you to exercise
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. One way to help prevent it and other cardiovascular diseases is exercise. Research has shown that if you already have heart disease, appropriate exercise can improve your health.

8. Your brain wants you to exercise
People who are physically active—even later in life—are less likely to develop memory problems or Alzheimer’s disease, a condition which affects more than 40% of people over the age of 85.

9. Bladder leakage – You don’t just have to live with
More than 13 million women and men in the US have bladder leakage or incontinence. Don’t spend years relying on pads or rushing to the bathroom, physical therapy can help!

We can help you age well
If you find yourself feeling aches, pains, or other ailments as you age, consider giving physical therapy a try. We offer free consultations where you can sit down with a physical therapist, talk about your issue, and determine if physical therapy is the right path for you. You’ve only got one life to live, we can help you age well!

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