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New Physical Therapy Clinic in Allendale

Physical Therapist in Allendale

If you live or work in Allendale and have been wishing you could get quality healthcare closer to home, we’ve got some exciting news for you. Our new Allendale physical therapy clinic is now open and we’re thrilled to serve this great community!

Physical Therapist in AllendaleThe sign is up…it’s official!

Our new office is located at 6173 Lake Michigan Drive, and will be open 7am – 7pm most days so it’s convenient to stop by before or after work for an appointment.

Physical Therapist in Allendale

Terri Jeurink is a physical therapist in Allendale

Our new facility will be led by clinic director and physical therapist, Terri Jeurink. In addition to her PT and COTA (certified occupational therapy assistant) degrees, Terri is a Certified Mulligan Practitioner, and is certified in pelvic floor rehabilitation through the APTA. Terri has been practicing physical therapy since 2004 and she’s thrilled to be leading our new clinic because Allendale is also the town that Terri calls home. An avid community member, Terri also plays an active role in the Allendale Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Allendale. She enjoys getting out and meeting other local healthcare providers and community members alike.

In our new Allendale clinic you’ll find all the services you’ve come to know at our other locations. Our physical therapy team will be helping people who are suffering from back pain, shoulder and neck pain, or any type of discomfort that might be chronic or as a result of an injury or surgery. We’ll also have a team of sports rehabilitation experts who will be equipped to work with both student and adult athletes on sprains, strains, foot and ankle pain, or post surgery recovery.Physical Therapist in Allendale

We did a complete overhaul on the space to prepare for our grand opening!

We’re looking forward to serving the Allendale community by helping you feel great and return to doing the things you love! Be on the lookout for our community open house invitation.

If you would like to schedule an appointment at our new Allendale clinic, call us at 616.895.4050.

If you’re looking for a physical therapist in Allendale, we’re here to serve you!









Congratulations to Our New Mulligan Practitioners

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We’d like to take a moment to toot our own horn and call attention to a few members of our physical therapy team who recently became Certified Mulligan Practitioners. For those not familiar with the term, the Mulligan Concept is a specific form of physical therapy that involves using manual therapy techniques that decrease pain and increase range of motion.

These team members worked so hard and are ready to start showing you the benefits of the Mulligan Concept: Diana Painter, Matt Casterline, David DeHaan, Terri Jeurink, Denise Jongekrijg, Corey Kuipers, Dave Sefton, and Ashley VandenBerg. Our seven new practitioners join Janis Kemper, Gina Otterbein, and Lisa Otterbein-Bolek, who were previously certified.

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Ashley (left) and David (right) practice using the Mulligan concept on other physical therapists during the continuing education course.

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While the course was definitely educational, Matt made sure it was entertaining, too.

In order to get fully certified, our therapists had to complete three clinical courses over the course of two years that focused on the upper quadrant, lower quadrant, and an advanced course. The clinic courses were followed by a written test and practical course. What made this process even more exciting is that we had the opportunity to host these continuing education courses at our Wayland clinic. They were open to any physical therapist who had previously met certain requirements and were ready to fine tune their skill level with the Mulligan approach to manual therapy for the whole body.

Mulligan Practitioners, physical therapy, shoulder painThe Mulligan course took place at our Wayland physical therapy clinic.

So how exactly does the Mulligan Concept work?
The ultimate goal behind the Mulligan technique is to get you to a point where you can move more with less pain by manipulating the muscles and joints a certain way. When your pain goes away it’s a clear sign that the technique is working, if pain persists then the technique gets altered a bit.

Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Back pain, neck pain, or shoulder pain
  • Non-inflammatory pain
  • Acute pain from an injury
  • Rehab following a surgery
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Jaw or TMJ pain and movement restrictions
  • “Tennis elbow” or lateral elbow pain
  • Ankle sprains

Mulligan Practitioners, physical therapy, shoulder painWhile Brian Mulligan, the founder of the Mulligan Concept, was not at the Northern-hosted event, a few team members did have the chance to meet him at a conference.

To learn more about the Mulligan Concept and whether it would be a good fit for you, click here.


A Quick Fix for Vertigo

Many people think vertigo is something that only happens as we age, but that’s really not the case. Jessica is in her early 20’s and she recently experienced some severe symptoms, which she originally thought could be the flu. It turns out, she had a case of vertigo.

vertigo treatment, symptoms, physical therapyThis particular morning should have been like any other, but instead of waking up and feeling ready to start the day, Jessica knew that something was off. When she sat up in bed she began to feel very dizzy. She laid back down and tried rolling over and that’s when the room began to spin uncontrollably. Jessica sat back up slowly and waited a few moments for the room to slow down, eventually the dizziness mellowed out enough for her to get out of bed.

As she got ready for work Jessica did everything very carefully in an effort to prevent the dizziness from coming back, although she still didn’t feel completely normal. As soon as she got to work she went to the restroom and it hit her again. The dizziness was so severe, she sat down and stayed there for what felt like several minutes, until the spinning began to slow down.

At this point Jessica told a coworker she wasn’t feeling well and just as she sat down at her desk she immediately began to vomit. Her coworker instantly pegged her condition as vertigo, something that she had once experienced herself. To Jessica’s surprise, her coworker explained that seeing a physical therapist at Northern PT helped her feel better rather quickly.

We were able to get Jessica in for treatment that morning and she didn’t need a referral from her doctor – she was able to walk right in. She began working with Terri, who eased her mind and explained the different aspects vertigo. Jessica reported that after being treated her symptoms decreased and by the end of the day she was back to feeling normal again.

We checked back in with Jessica a week later and we’re happy to report that she hadn’t felt an ounce of dizziness since being treated by her physical therapist. We’re so glad her coworker was able to recognize the signs of vertigo quickly so we could begin helping in her recovery process. Vertigo is often triggered by a change in the position of your head and people typically experience a few of the following symptoms:

  • Spinning, tilting, feeling unbalanced being pulled in one direction
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss

Symptoms can last a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go. Vertigo can be a terrifying condition and because it comes on suddenly people often panic and aren’t sure where to turn. If you’re experiencing the symptoms listed above, give us a call so we can determine if you do have vertigo and begin treatment right away.


We also spoke with Ryan, a teacher in the Coopersville school district who had a severe case of vertigo. After just one session with one of our physical therapists, he experienced tremendous relief from his symptoms. Read his story here.