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Make Health Care Legal Again!

Favorite quote: "Vail Health collects “supra-competitive profits,” from its physical therapy business, 20% to 40% above competitive market prices. That’s approximately $140 per session for self-pay and more than $300 per session under an insurance contract, as opposed to the more normal rate of $65 to $120 per session, the lawsuit alleges." Read full article […]

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Why NormaTec?!

NormaTec is the ultimate recovery device. The technology can increase circulation and improve mobility for those who work out regularly, are training for a competition or race, experience swollen legs from traveling frequently, stand for long hours on the job, or suffer from inflammation, sore muscles, or other circulatory issues. NormaTec is used extensively in […]

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--WHY I DON’T CARE MUCH ABOUT YOUR IMAGING (AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU)--

LOW BACK:-It is estimated that 40% of asymptomatic people have a “bulging disc” on MRI (38, 39).-Disc “bulges” reabsorb in a matter weeks and months (40-44).-In 40-year old asymptomatic males and females, between 25-50% will demonstrate disc degeneration and signs of injury, endplate changes, foraminal stenosis and facet joint degeneration on spinal imaging (45).-Lumbar spine […]

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Court Rules in Favor of PT's & Dry Needling!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 13, 2017 DENVER - The Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association was very pleased to receive the opinion and order from the Denver District Court, under presiding District Judge A. Bruce Jones, that the lawsuits seeking judicial review or a declaratory judgement against physical therapists performing dry needling in […]

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Why Dry Needling is Better Than…

Below is a compilation of the ever-growing evidence for the effectiveness of Dry Needling.  This is from peer-reviewed, medical research journals.   So sorry it is only a partial list and there is just so much support for this very skilled technique!!! Dry Needling can help me dunk a basketball?!https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29181252 Dry Needling superior to injection for […]

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Improve Your Game: 5 Thoracic Mobility Ex's

Do you want the chance to create a more effective swing and increase clubhead speed? See how mobility exercises can help... As a whole, the vertebral column (often described in press as ‘the spine’ or ‘spinal column’) has 5 main functions:    1.    To support the weight of the head and the trunk    2.    To allow […]

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Dry Needling Better Than No Dry Needling For Low Back/Disk Pain--New Research Study

The effect of dry needling on the radiating pain in subjects with discogenic low-back pain: A randomized control trial. Author information: Mahmoudzadeh A, Rezaeian ZS, Karimi A, Dommerholt J. Abstract: BACKGROUND:Disk herniation is the most common cause of radiating low back pain (LBP) in subjects under 60 years of age. The present study aims to […]

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Movement Quality & Return to Play

Check out this video presentation by Dr. Mike Voight from the First International Sports Physical Therapy Conference: Return to Play: The Role of Assessing Movement in the Return to Play Decision Key Points: Pain and previous injury alter motor control and movement patterns Injury risk is multifactorial Choose meaningful tests (reliable and valid) that asses […]

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Turn your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) from a hurtful joint to a healthy joint

Remember this simple mantra: PoTSB TLC-Po: Posture-T: Tongue on the roof of the mouth-S: Swallow correctly-B: Breathe well-TLC: Teeth apart, Lips together, and Calm your muscles and mind PoTSB TLC further described: Posture    -Preferably sleep on your back, definitely not on your stomach.    -Don’t get stuck sitting for long--move often!  Remember variety is more important […]

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MovNat @ Movement!

Another first for Movement! Recently Scott became the only MovNat Certified Trainer (MCT) in the Colorado mountain region.  MovNat is a physical education & fitness system based on the full range of natural human movement abilities. These include the locomotive skills of walking, running, jumping, balancing, crawling, climbing & swimming. In addition we practice the […]

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Success with Dry Needling & Total Knee Replacement

New study highlights the successful use of Dry Needling to decrease pain following total knee replacement.  Abstract and link below. Pain Med. 2014 Aug 4. Successful Management of Chronic Postsurgical Pain Following Total Knee Replacement.Vas L1, Khandagale N, Pai R. AbstractWe report reversal of chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP) along with functional restoration after total knee replacement […]

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"Failed" Hip Surgery--Dry Needling May Offer Hope

Unfortunately, in the Vail Valley, failed hip surgery is all too common.  Oftentimes Physician generated protocols fall short and an advanced approach can offer hope.  Linked here is a research article abstract describing success in such a case.  Don't settle for anything short of Movement!!!

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Neck Pain? Dry Needling Can Decrease Pain & Increase Motion in Even Just One Session. New Research!

When you have neck pain, the muscles in your neck are often painful to the touch. The irritable, hard “knots” within a muscle or connective tissue that may cause pain over a large area are called trigger points. These painful areas can limit your daily activities and movement. Dry needling, also called trigger point dry […]

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Knee Pain? Why Consider PT Over MRI & Surgery

If you have knee pain there are two major arguments grounded in medical research as to why you should see a PT to avoid unnecessary surgery and save you $$$: 1. Just as many “issues” are seen on knee MRIs in those without pain as compared to those with pain: http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e5339?view=long&pmid=22932918 2.“Fake” knee surgery as good […]

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Body-Swing Connection

Click on any of the below images to see how physically what the body can and cannot do influences your golf swing and how to fix it: S-PostureC-PostureLoss of PostureFlat Shoulder PlaneFlying ElbowEarly ExtensionOver the TopSwaySlideLate BuckleReverse Spine AngleForward LungeHanging BackCastingScoopingChicken Winging

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Low Back Pain? Just Say No to Surgery, MRI's & Meds

Key Points From NPR's: Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It -More than 1 in 4 adult Americans say they've recently suffered a bout of low-back pain. It's one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. And more and more people are being treated for it. […]

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History of Dry Needling

What is the History of Dry Needling? It is important to recognize that the origins of Dry Needling are drawn from Western Medicine principals and scientific, research-based conclusions. The technique of Dry Needling has NO historical ties to acupuncture, which is based in Eastern tradition. Dry Needling effectively treats musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction while acupuncture aims […]

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Optimal Performance Pyramid

"First move well, and then move often." Before embarking on your New Year's resolutions, it is important to understand the "Performance Pyramid" and how it applies to your fitness routine. Some people think that performance only applies to athletes but really the performance applies to everyone, regardless of sport, age and level of activity. The […]

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Frozen Shoulder? New Research Indicates Dry Needling is Effective!

Here is the abstract from a recent journal article highlighting the results of the study.  Take home message: Frozen shoulder aka adhesive capsulitis is classically considered a "joint issue".  Dry Needling aims to influence mainly "muscle dysfunction".  What "joint issues" do you have that needling can help??? Trigger Point Dry Needling as an Adjunct Treatment […]

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JFK knows Dry Needling

LIVING WELL: Kennedy's back problems led to treatments today By: DR. MARK KESTNER, Post Columnist Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 Many readers know that President John F. Kennedy was plagued by chronic back pain. The little known story of how he found helpful treatment has ramifications in the treatments available today. When Kennedy was a […]

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Need a Gift Idea?

Tired of giving loved ones more “stuff?”  Give them something that will absolutely change their life!!! Gift Certificates are Available for our Signature Solutions: 1. MEDICAL GOLF EVALUATION & HUMAN PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT: Move Better = Swing Better.  Play Your Best Golf.  Pain-Free. 2. SELECTIVE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT: Got Pain? Find out why and start fixing […]

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Rickie Fowler "How I Fixed my Swing at the Gym"

Excerpt from Golf Digest Article: I'm really proud of these pictures. The "good" positions are the result of a fairly intense rehab project I started last fall after hurting my back. I know what some of you are probably thinking: How does a 24-year-old have back problems? Talk to me when you're my age, kid. Well, […]

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How to "Warm-Up"

The best way to get prepped for a workout is likely different than you think.  If you think stretching your hamstrings is what you should be doing then I promise you’re missing the boat.  Take a look at these videos and notice the progression from simple to complex movement; it looks like the first year […]

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Why am I Injured?

Many sports related injuries ARE indeed preventable.  This magazine article highlights the use of the Functional Movement Screen in BJJ. Medical research indicates human movement asymmetries, balance, mobility/flexibility, and strength are all important.  Irregardless of the sport, your risk of injury can be tested for by using the Functional Movement Screen and other functional tests that […]

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MELT is here!!!

After months of backorders, Movement now has all of the MELT supplies in and ready for individual and group treatment sessions! The following are also available for purchase: MELT Roller $60 MELT Mini Hand/Foot Kit $30 (not available online) MELT Full Hand/Foot Kit & Instructional DVD $50 Find out more about MELT by clicking here.

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Kettlebells & Other Fav's

Some of my favorite corrective exercises.  Great video resources linked below: Kettlebell Turkish Getup:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vWKMuDH528 Kettlebell Deadlift:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cwGRCnmgag Kettlebell Swings:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg6r-v7hv-w&feature=fvwp StrongFirst Kettlebell Standards:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5qB0nILpko Tom House Postural/Shoulder Exercises:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QuMElyTlVQ MovNat from Breaking Muscle (start of 4 week program):http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/strength-conditioning-erwan-le-corre-week-1-day-1 Titleist Performance Institute 10 Great Exercises for my Golf Swing:http://www.mytpi.com/gfa/online-episodes.asp Spikey Ball Exercises:http://www.totalgolfanalysis.co.uk/download/Article-FullSpikey.pdf Vertigo: BPPV Left: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvo19ARl848; BPPV Right:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vajvoa4_wY And Don't Forget Self-Limiting […]

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MELT featured on Dr. Oz

MELT creator Sue Hitzmann on Dr. Oz on Friday, February 15th. Here is the video:http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/sue-hitzmanns-pain-melting-workout Experience MELT with Dr. Megan Wacker.  She is the only therapist in Eagle County that is MELT certified.  Call us for more details!

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Prevent Ski Injuries with Movement

Movement Physical Therapy offers the only medically researched injury prevention system in the Vail Valley.  Save yourself from serious injury this year!!! See details on the link below and contact us to find out more. http://movementvail.com/services/injury-prevention-program

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Scott Featured in SneakPEAK Posture Article
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The Truth About Exercise BBC

Great video about recent reseach in exercise.

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MRI for Low Back Pain???

This short video is intended for anyone with low back pain contemplating an MRI.

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Off-Season Special: 15% off Medical Golf Evaluations!!!

Move Better. Swing Better. Medical Golf Evaluations are designed to analyze and enhance the way your body physically moves so you can maximize the potential of your golf swing.  Use the system hundreds of PGA professionals are using and see real results fast! Get 15% off all golf performance packages purchased thru 2012. Gift certificates available.

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Costochondritis/Rib Pain???
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Got Pain? Why Things Hurt...

What can I do about pain? First, learn about it! For a great overview of how pain works, watch this 5 minute video: Here is another quick video called "The Drug Cabinet in the Brain:" Then watch: The mystery of chronic pain:  http://ssigaaompt.blogspot.com/2012/11/pain-series-part-3_29.html or: http://w#mce_temp_url#ww.youtube.com/watch?v=RYoGXv22G3k For an entertaining and more detailed explanation, watch this 15 minute video: […]

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Fountain of Youth with Movement!

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

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BMHS ACL Injury Prevention Presentation December 1, 2011

On December 1, I am giving a talk at BMHS about practical ways to reduce the risk of injury with athletics.  Below are some of the key points and links to videos that will be mentioned in the presentation. Injuries happen in sports and there can be life-long repercussions after suffering an injury. You can […]

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Neck Pain? Manipulation Helps Lessen Pain and Improve Neck Motion

NECK PAIN IS VERY COMMON. In the United States, between 30% and 50% of people suffer from an aching neck each year. Although neck pain can be caused by injury, most of this pain results from more gradual stresses, such as particular sitting, standing, or work postures, lifting patterns, or sleeping positions. Typical neck pain can […]

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Knee Pain Lessened with Hip Strengthening

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS USUALLY CALL PAIN AT THE FRONT OF YOUR KNEE OR UNDER YOUR KNEECAP PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN SYNDROME. Most often, this pain occurs after exercise, but you may also feel it if you sit too long. Over time, your knee may begin to hurt during exercise or throughout the day. You may feel a nagging ache […]

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Why Barefoot Running???

Link below provides nice summary...

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Low Back Pain and MRIs...

A clinical commentary published in the November 2011 issue of JOSPT summarizes research that describes how the increased use of unnecessary imaging such as MRI may lead to less than favorable results for low back pain. Low Back Pain: MRIs Should Be Used Sparingly in Patients With Low Back Pain LOW BACK PAIN IS VERY COMMON, WITH […]

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It's Snowing, Are You Ready???

If you think "getting in shape" will save you from knee injury this ski season, you only have a small piece of the puzzle...Introducing the medically researched and only system that has been shown to lower your risk of injury: Snowsports Injury Prevention Assessment Recent medical research has found the risk of serious injury can […]

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Tinnitus? There's a needle for that.

Myofascial Trigger Points and Tinnitus: http://www.tinnitusresearch.org/en/meetings/files2006/Ganz-Sanchez-abstr...

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Study: For Lower Costs and Less Visits, Go Direct to Movement Physical Therapy

ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 13, 2011 — A new study suggesting that "the role of the physician gatekeeper in regard to physical therapy may be unnecessary in many cases" could have significant implications for the US health care system, says the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The study, published ahead of print September 23 in the journal Health […]

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TMD + Needles = Relief

In a study published in the Journal of Oralfacial Pain, 2010 (J Orofac Pain 2010, 24(1):106-12), authors J Fernandez-Carnero and colleagues from the Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain, found in a randomized controlled trial that a single dry needling of a masseter trigger point caused an […]

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Patellar Tendinopathy...there's a needle for that!

Here is a link to an article that recognizes Dry Needling can help decrease the pain associated with patellar tendinopathy, aka runners knee/jumpers knee. http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2011/05/03/bjsm.2010.078824.abstract

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Movement PT on Facebook!

(I think you should "like" us!!!)

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New article on dry needling finds depth does matter...

Medical research article to be published: Effect of acupuncture depth on muscle pain.  Read the summary in the link below.  Exciting to see more evidence that what we do at Movement PT has superior results! http://www.cmjournal.org/content/6/1/24/abstract

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Scott Featured in PT in Motion Magazine

Scott and Movement Physical Therapy made our national magazine!!!  Here is how the June article titled "Good Business" by Chris Hayhurst begins:  "Scott Wacker, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CGFI always has known he would run his own practice one day. Its in his nature, he says, to do his own thing. Now, 8 years removed from […]

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Vail Daily Spotlight on Dry Needling

Special Thanks to Melanie Wong for the great article!!! http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20110404/AE/110409933&parentprofile=search

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Scott and Megan Wacker Open the Doors at Movement Physical Therapy!!!

After much planning and anticipation, Movement PT is finally open!!!  I personally invite you to stop by, say hello, and check it out.  We can't wait to serve your needs in an environment that is supportive and offers unmatched care. Hope to see you soon! Scott

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