Physical Therapy News

Northern Loves Babies!

Our team is growing and we’re sure you’re going to love our new additions! Please help us welcome the newest Northern babies – they’re decked out in Northern gear, just in time for the holidays. We also have a few 2017 arrivals to look forward to. We love our growing family – don’t you just want to snuggle these little cuties right up?!

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At almost a year old, Aubrey loves playing with her puppies, and she’s so proud of her dad Dave who is a physical therapist in our Lowell and Cedar Springs clinics.

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Baby Jack loves to visit his dad David at our Grant clinic. Perhaps he’ll take after his dad’s footsteps and become a physical therapist one day.

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Ms. Lillian just turned a year old and she loves the new found freedom that comes with walking! Her favorite toys include her play kitchen, stuffed dog, and real dog Lucy. She’s excited for her mom Ashley, who joined our team as a physical therapist in our newest clinic in Lowell.

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Nola is just a year old and’s been walking for a month now, it could be because her mom is April, an awesome occupational therapist in our Coopersville clinic. Nola has two older brothers that she loves to chase around!

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Deacon is the son of our billing specialist Erin, who works out of our Grant clinic. He’s right around 5 months old and is one of the littlest Northern babies, weighing in at around 14 pounds. He likes jumping and watching his brother play.

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Our Fitness Director, Julie, was so proud to welcome her first grand baby this fall. Little Miss Blakely is just perfect, and you can bet grandma spoils her to pieces.

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Exciting news came this year for our Wayland physical therapist Matt and his wife Abby who are expecting their first baby in May, 2017. Congratulations to you both!

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Dana is our school physical therapist in Allendale and Coopersville. She and her husband are thrilled to be expecting their bundle of joy in 2017. So exciting and we wish the best of luck to them both!

 

We can’t wait to see the new additions that 2017 will bring to our Northern family. This holiday season will be wonderful for our families, especially those who have new blessings to celebrate!

Healthy Baking Substitutions

Did you know you can substitute applesauce for oil and Greek yogurt for sour cream when you bake and the results are pretty darn amazing. Don’t give up your sweet tooth, check out these healthy baking substitutions. And, be sure to let us know how your sweet goodies turned out!

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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

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“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.