Physical Therapy Blog

Over 50 and Dizzy

Is there a connection between America’s favorite age milestone and dizziness?  It’s common for 20 somethings to be called dizzy but it has a different meaning for those growing older.  Reaching an age of maturity often means settling into a sedentary lifestyle with a...

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Manual Therapy – Is it just manipulation?

Physical Therapists utilize a multifaceted approach which includes manual therapy and skills-based exercise to manage neuromusculoskeletal conditions.  Manual therapy is directed towards restoring joint function and tissue health.  It relies on a test/retest principle...

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When Should you Change your Running Shoes?

Katelyn Carpenter, PT, DPT & Jimmy Sliwa, PT, DPT, CMTPT Most runners have probably heard they should change their running shoes every 300-500 miles. Perhaps good advice if you truly believe running on worn down shoes can lead to injury. When a runner begins to...

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Learn to be a Health Consumer

Let’s face it, Americans will continue to face rising healthcare costs. Whether measured relative to its population or economy, the United States spends by far the most in the world on health care. (Mark Pearson, OECD) The U.S. spent $8,233 on health per person in...

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Sleep: The Body Mechanic’s Workplace

At the end of a difficult day, sleep is a welcome release. Ever wonder why babies sleep so much? I always thought it was because they don’t have a job. Reality is that sleep is vital to growth and development. The value of sleep continues in adulthood. A good night’s...

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Alaska’s Opioid Epidemic

As recent as 2012, Alaska’s opioid overdose death rate was greater than double the rate in the United States (10.5 vs. 5.1 per 100,000 persons). Understanding how severe this epidemic has grown, Governor Bill Walker recently signed into law House Bill 159 in effort to...

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Jaw Dropping Strategy to Eliminate Jaw Pain

There is some pain which we can just "grin and bear it," and then there is the unrelenting type of pain. Those that have experienced chronic jaw pain can relate to the latter. One of the most frequently used joints in the body, the jaw or temporomandibular joint...

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Hope for Pelvic Pain

If there were any taboo subject related to chronic pain, it would have to be in regards to pelvic health. Many clients (both women and men) have a difficult time bringing up pelvic floor issues as they are often regarded as embarrassing or irrelevant. The fact of the...

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Eat Your Way to Strong

Northern Edge Physical Therapy promotes the principles of mobility and strength to guide exercise prescription. Our clients realize real success when the exercise is geared towards restoring tissue nutrition and balance throughout the kinematic chain. Our goal behind...

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Living With Pain vs Painful Living

Pain is a multidimensional sensation which requires a multifaceted approach. Simply put, pain is a powerful force. Pain is initiated at receptors in the periphery (nociceptors) and its real potential is harnessed by neurons within the central nervous system. For...

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