News and Events
Skiing in Norway!
Our very own adventurour, Theresa Sippel, PT, DPT, is presently skiing above the fjords outside of Alesund, Norway with her identical twin sister. She won this all-expense paid vacation through Helly-Hansen by summiting the winning picture in their recent contest. As you can see from this picture taken today, the view is hard to imagine. We look forward to seeing more from Theresa later this week.
Help Us Conquer the Big Climb!
All three of our clinics will be participating in the Big Climb on Sunday, March 24th. There is a competition between the clinics on who can raise the most for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Support us while supporting a great cause!
What is the Big Climb?
The Big Climb is a stairclimb up the Columbia Center - the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle. There are 69 flights of stairs, 1311 steps, and 788 feet of vertical elevation. Although it will be challenging, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients go through. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The video below captures the true spirit of the Big Climb.
Who is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
You can support us in a great cause by visiting our team pages at:
Skiing the Cascade Volcanoes
RSSPT’s Physical Therapist Theresa Sippel is in the middle of an adventure to ski Washington’s Volcanoes. Theresa and a group of 3 friends have made it their mission to climb and ski 5 of the major peaks in WA and OR. The team started with Mt. St. Helens (8,366ft) in mid April, then Mt. Hood (11,250ft) followed by Mt. Baker (10,781ft). They completed Mt. Adams in mid June and finally it’s time for Mt. Rainier. They will attempt to summit on Sunday, July 15 and ski their way down – Good Luck to all of them!
Chad Edwards, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S. has obtained a qualifying score signifying achievement of specialist level in Orthopedic Physical Therapy! After extensive study and practice, Chad joins an elite group of Physical Therapists across the U.S. who have demonstrated advanced knowlege in their field and successful completion of the Amercian Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination.
The addition of Chad as an Orthopedic Specialist means our Auburn clinic has specialists in both their Physical Therapists, as Joel Johnson, P.T., O.C.S., was previously certified. In addition, Kim Fisher, P.T., O.C.S., at our Lakeland clinic is also a certified specialist in orthopedics.
Congratulations to Chad!
Golf and Posture
You may be developing muscle imbalances that affect your health and golf game. Most people don’t stop to think how often they are in a seated position - in the car, while watching TV, at the dinner table, time on the computer, even reading the newspaper are all in the sitting position. If you have a desk job, sitting might be your most common posture during the day. The very job that provides you with the income to purchase equipment to fix that slice may be the source of the slice in the first place!
Sitting for a majority of the day may not only have a negative affect on your health, it can also wreak havoc on your golf swing. Muscle imbalances that develop can be the underlying source of swing faults and discomfort during your golf game.
In a seated position the muscles in front of your hip, your hip flexors, and those in back of your thigh, your hamstrings, are in a shortened position. At the same time your gluteals, or buttocks, and front of the thigh muscles, quadriceps, are in a lengthened position. This leads to the imbalance of some muscles being short or tight while others are inhibited or weak.
If this description sounds like you, here are a few tips you can do right now to begin to address your posture.
- Follow the 30/30 rule: For every 30 minutes of sitting, get up and move around for at least 30 seconds.
- Get to the course early to do a proper warm up before golf, and by doing a cool down stretching routine after.
- Be consistent with your strength and flexibility program, especially targeted to core stability and hip mobility.
- Check your posture - chest up, shoulders relaxed, arch of low back supported by back of chair and feet flat on floor.
A physical assessment by your Physical Therapist can identify and determine the extent of weakness and/or tightness you may have and can help you to develop an exercise program to get you back in balance and out on the course pain free. Call us today!