Tips to Prevent Falls During the Winter Months

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older individuals but you do not have to be advanced in years to be at risk of falling. Winter is an especially dangerous time in Montana with weather conditions producing snow, ice, and other hazards. However, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of falling and …Read More >

Does Your Baby Have a Flat Head?

More and more babies are getting referred to physical therapy for having a flat head. There are two main types of flat heads. Brachycephaly is when the back of the head is flat, causing the head to be wider than it is long. Plagiocephaly is when one side of the back of the head is flat. Brachycephaly is usually caused …Read More >

Developmental Communication Milestone Series: 12 Months

At 12 months babies become active participants in their environments. They begin participating in familiar routines and social games adults play with them. They continue to learn language by hearing the same words/phrases paired with familiar activities, repetition of actions and words, having adults explain what is happening, reading the same books multiple times, etc. Babies also start making consistent …Read More >

Why Do Therapists Care About W Sitting?

W sitting is the opposite of sitting cross-legged or criss cross applesauce sitting. In a W sit, a child’s bottom is on the floor with feet on either side of the hips and toes pointed out. W sitting is common, especially in children with in-toeing, low muscle tone, increased flexibility, or poor core muscles. As therapists, we often caution parents about …Read More >

Peezing:    verb Sneezing and peeing at the same time. One of the most common phrases I hear in my practice is “I had no idea there was physical therapy for this!”  Although it gaining more exposure, many women still have not heard of pelvic floor physical therapy.  A great deal of women I treat have been dealing with pelvic …Read More >

Speech Sound Development

It’s an exciting time when your child starts using words to communicate…but when do speech sound errors like “tar” for “car” go from cute and age appropriate, to areas of concern? Specific sounds and speech patterns develop at different times, improving how well a child is understood by their parents, peers, and caretakers. By 18 months, a child should be …Read More >

Body Mechanics Education

Body mechanics play a significant roll in preventing and treating pain of all kinds. Poor body mechanics can place additional stress on certain areas of the body which can cause irritation or inflammation.  Here are a few general recommendations: Lift heavy objects with even weight distribution. Lift with the legs when possible, keep your core engaged, and avoid bending forward. …Read More >

Navigating the Screen Time World

Screen time is an inescapable reality today, but there is strong research that too much screen time can have serious health consequences. In November of 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement with research backed positions regarding screen time and young children. Read on for a summary of that statement. Who Should Have Screen Time? Under Age …Read More >