Physical Therapy Postpartum

Blog Post: September 13th, 2021 By Abbi Mathis, Doctor of Physical Therapy Why is physical therapy important postpartum?The musculoskeletal changes that occur during pregnancy, such as the expansion of the belly to accommodate for the baby, happen automatically. Therefore, it is commonly assumed that following birth, the body will automatically return to it’s pre-pregnancy state. … Continued

Proper Body Mechanics: Lifting & Carrying

Blog Post: August 23rd, 2021 By Trina Stone, Doctor of Physical Therapy Injuries to the body can occur from one traumatic event or as the result of repetitive stresses that compound over time. However small the forces may be, this is why it is important to follow safe lifting/carrying body mechanics  each time a person … Continued

Do I Need a Referral for Physical Therapy?

Blog Post: January 4th, 2021 By Matt Wanderscheid, Doctor of Physical Therapy This is a question that we get asked daily, so I thought I’d take advantage of our new blog to help clarify this question. As with most things, there is no clear cut answer, but I will do my best! Iowa, like the … Continued

Running: Dynamic Warm Up

Blog Post: July 26th, 2021 By Doctor of Physical Therapy, Jason Meyer Research has clearly shown that passive stretching of “cold” muscles before exercise can lead to injury, rather than prevent it, as was originally thought. In fact passive stretching actually “switches” the muscle off! We also know that stretching effectively after exercises is a … Continued

Learning About Lymphedema

Blog Post: July 12th, 2021 By Beth Meyer, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist My interest in becoming a physical therapist started in high school after having physical therapy myself for plantar fasciitis and shoulder surgery. I also enjoyed anatomy and science classes. Then my interest in lymphedema came a little while down the … Continued

Why (Or Rather How) I Became a PT

Monday Blog: June 28th, 2021 By Doctor of Physical Therapy, Kevin Bultena It has been said that many paths can be taken that will all lead to the same destination. This is certainly true as one looks back over the paths taken during their life as to how they ended up in whatever spot they … Continued

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat muscle pain and headaches. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry … Continued

Why I Became a Physical Therapist

Blog Post: May 24th, 2021 By Doctor of Physical Therapy, Lynzy Lentz What I have found is that when I am asked why I became a physical therapist, I don’t have an exact experience or concrete moment that made me decide this. To me, being a PT was/is a very natural career choice. I’ve always been … Continued

A Physical Therapist’s Experience with Headaches

Blog Post: May 10th, 2021 By Steve Cassabaum, Doctor of Physical Therapy Half the world’s population has headaches! These headaches range from mild headaches that resolve on their own, to severe migraine headaches and chronic severe headaches. In the 30+ years I have been seeing patients, almost half of my patients have come with the … Continued