Physical Therapy News

The Step Challenge on WOOD TV’s eightWest

Many of us set fitness goals at the beginning of the year. However, by the time February rolls around, you may have fallen off the bandwagon or lost some momentum. But, it’s not too late get your fitness routine back on track! We stopped by the studios of WOOD TV’s eightWest and talked with Rachael Ruiz about ways you can add more steps to your day, our upcoming Step Challenge, and tomorrow’s open house in Lowell.

The Step Challenge on WOOD TV's eightWest

Julie Blodgett and Ashley VandenBerg join Rachael Ruiz on WOOD TV’s eightWest

Step Challenge Details

  • Challenge runs February 20 – March 12
  • Use your Fitbit, fitness app, or pedometer to count your steps
  • Reach 70K steps/week to be entered into the weekly prize drawing
  • Improve 25% from week one to three to be entered into the final prize drawing
  • It’s FREE to join, and in return you get to feel great and have the chance to win some awesome prizes
  • Sign up here!

If you want to learn more about our new clinic in Lowell, there is an open house on February 16, 2017 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. There will be snacks giveaways and more!

Open house details:
Northern Physical Therapy, 2050 W. Main in Lowell
February 16th, 5:30PM – 7PM

If you missed any of our previous eightWest segments, you can see us talk about senior fitness, healthy kids and teensproper form when running and stretching, women’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan.

Grand Opening at New Lowell Physical Therapy Clinic


Let’s Celebrate Together! Join us February 16, 2017, from 5:30-7pm at our newest clinic at 2050 W. Main in Lowell. Our open house will feature fitness tips, drinks and appetizers, and the chance to win a Fitbit, wireless Earbuds, and gift certificates! We’re now accepting new patients at our Lowell clinic, plus, we offer free consultations. Stop by the open house to learn more!

Treating Vertigo with Physical Therapy


Imagine standing in front of a classroom full of students when you begin to feel dizzy. You lose focus and feel nauseous, sit down, close your eyes, quickly wonder what’s going on and begin to panic. That’s a scary feeling but what if that scenario isn’t just a one-time thing? Vertigo can effect people of any age, even those in perfect health. Ryan Schoenborn is a teacher at Coopersville Public Schools and he experienced these extreme feelings of dizziness so he looked to Northern for help. We thank him for sharing his story with us.

“I knew I had to get my vertigo treated quickly, but I initially had no idea that physical therapy was a viable option. After describing my symptoms to my wife (who is a physical therapist but not with Northern), she suggested I give PT a try. I was willing to do anything to get results so I agreed. Upon my first appointment with Northern my symptoms were so severe that I had to be wheeled into the clinic in a wheelchair. Not only was I unable to walk, but I had to keep my eyes closed to fight the nausea.

Lisa, the therapist who treated me, was very knowledgeable when it came to my condition. She was able to explain what was happening, how she was treating it, and the exercises and tips that were necessary for preventing the symptoms from coming back in the future. We worked together that first day and I was amazed at how quickly I had positive results. I was able to walk to my car and look people in the eyes on the way out. I cannot describe what a relief it was to have my symptoms reduced so quickly.

After physical therapy, the vertigo never came back to the level it had been. Lisa gave me exercises that helped to prevent a relapse. They were easy to do and I feel they helped me to get back to my normal life and work much faster. I left the clinic that day feeling much better physically, but also feeling like I understood my condition and how to prevent it.”

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