North Platte Physical Therapy - Gillette

 
 

North Platte Physical Therapy has been offering services to Gillette and surrounding areas for 16 years. With 3 Physical Therapist and 4 Physical Therapy Assistants, North Platte Physical Therapy offers a variety of treatment techniques including trigger point dry needling, graston technique, aquatic therapy and kinesio taping. Our specialties include back and spine rehabilitation, ergonomic assessments, functional capacity evaluations, orthopedic injuries, orthotic casting and fitting, pediatrics, pre work screening, return to work testing, running analysis, sports physical therapy, and women’s health. We also offer a wide variety of bracing and splinting goods for most any patient’s needs.

In order to better serve our community, North Platte Physical Therapy offers a sports specific program called You+. You+ is targeted to help any athlete improve speed, agility, endurance, and strength to help prevent injuries.

North Platte Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing the best care and customer service to all of our patients. We want our patients to have a good understanding and feel comfortable with the cost of therapy. As a courtesy to our patients we do verify all patients insurance and answer any questions that our patients may have. At North Platte Physical Therapy we offer extended hours to meet all of our patient’s needs and walk-in appointments are always welcomed. Call 307-686-2569 today to schedule your appointment.

Location Details


Address: 620 S 4-J Road,Gillette, WY 82716
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM | Tuesday & Thursday: 7:30AM - 5:00PM (Closed for lunch 12PM - 1PM Daily)
Fax: 307-686-2615

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Physical Therapist in Wyoming Explains the Difference Between Stretching and Warming Up


March 22, 2017

If you’re an active person, you’ve probably heard that you need to stretch and warm up before a workout, but do you know why? Many people assume that stretching and warming up are the same, but according to a physical therapist in Wyoming, they’re actually quite different. Here’s what you need to know about both of these activities:

Stretching

Stretching on a regular basis can help improve your flexibility and increase your range of motion. Additionally, stretching can relieve tension that you may be holding in your muscles and make you feel less stressed out. It can also help you keep your muscles loose so you don’t feel any aches or pains after a tough workout. If you are experiencing pain related to bad posture, stretching can also help you realign your body so you can correct your posture problems and prevent future pain.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you stretch at least two times per week, and even more if you are elderly or exercising on a daily basis. It is best to think of stretching as something that should be part of your everyday life instead of limiting it to only before and after workouts. Learn how to stretch here.

Warming Up

Although many athletes often say they injured themselves because they forgot to stretch prior to a workout, they could be mistaken. Many injuries are actually caused by not properly warming up. What is warming up? Before engaging in any type of physical activity, you should get your body ready by starting off slow to gently engage each group of muscles and prepare them for a more strenuous workout. When you warm up, your heart rate starts to increase, which means your muscles will receive more nutrients and oxygen. Warming up also increases your body temperature, which leads to your muscles becoming more pliable, and thus lowering the risk of injury.

Although stretching and warming up both increase the flexibility of your muscles, warming up goes one step further by getting your whole body prepared for the workout. So, the next time you plan on working out, start off with low intensity cardio by speed walking or going for a slow jog. It’s best to warm up for about 10-15 minutes so your heart rate and temperature have enough time to increase and get your body ready for the work ahead. Getting into the habit of warming up before you exercise can keep you healthy and injury-free!

At North Platte Physical Therapy, we’re dedicated to helping clients prevent injuries as they enjoy their favorite physical activities. But accidents happen, so if you do injure yourself while exercising or because of an accident, contact North Platte Physical Therapy to learn more about how we can help you recover. Our staff is praised throughout the Wyoming, and Nebraska areas for our commitment to our clients. We can fulfill comprehensive physical therapy services, and would be happy to customize a treatment plan for your personal needs.
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How Children With Autism Benefit From Physical Therapy in Cheyenne WY


March 15, 2017

When you think of physical therapy, images of older or injured adults recovering from surgery probably come to mind. However, physical therapy is not just for those who are aging or injured. In fact, special needs children such as those with autism can greatly benefit from regular physical therapy in Cheyenne WY. Here’s how:

Imitation Skills

Children who have autism often do not develop imitation skills on their own. What are imitation skills? When children are young, they often imitate what they see people around them doing. These skills will eventually help children socialize and learn to speak, so they are crucial to a child’s development. If your child has not mastered his imitation skills, a physical therapist can help. For example, trained physical therapists can use fun songs such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” to help children learn how to mimic movements. Learn more about imitation skills.

Motor Skills

Children with autism typically have limited motor skills, which makes it difficult for them to navigate through their daily lives. A physical therapist can work one-on-one with affected children to help them improve their balance and develop the muscle strength they need to perform daily activities. After attending regular physical therapy sessions, children with autism may see improvements in their ability to sit upright, walk, run, and jump without assistance.

Physical therapists can also help children learn how to use these motor skills to play on their own or with others. For example, therapists can work with kids to help them understand how to climb on a playground or kick a ball in a game of soccer. They can also help them improve their motor planning skills. For instance, kids with autism may be able to climb into a swing, but they still might not be able to figure out how to pump their legs to get the swing to move. In this case, a physical therapist can focus on motor planning to fine tune these skills, which will help the child become more socialized as he learns how to play with others.

Posture

If you’ve ever seen a physical therapist after an injury, you know the importance of good posture. Practicing good posture can prevent painful injuries caused by slouching your shoulders or hunching your back. Unfortunately, children with autism often suffer from generalized joint hypermobility (GJH), which can cause weak muscles, and therefore bad posture. A physical therapist can help by correcting any misalignments that are often found in the postures of children with autism and teaching them the importance of sitting up straight to elongate their spines.

At North Platte Physical Therapy, we’re dedicated to helping clients of all ages and abilities. If you’re curious about physical therapy, contact North Platte Physical Therapy to learn more about how we can help you and your children live healthier lives. Our staff is praised throughout the Wyoming and Nebraska areas for our commitment to our clients. We can fulfill comprehensive physical therapy services, and would be happy to customize a treatment plan for your personal needs.
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Love, Sweat and Gears!


By Amanda Libsack - December 6, 2016

Shout out to Todd Gentzler who will be riding in the RAAM - Race Across America in June 2017.  This is a 3000 mile race that spans across the United States through 12 states.  Check out the website for more information www.raceacrossamerica.org  

To check out their team go to the Love, Sweat, and Gears website and find out how to donate to their cause!  http://lovesweatandgears.net/todd-gentzler/

Good luck Todd! 

Gillette Splash-n-Dash Triathlon


By Amanda Libsack - June 10, 2016

Congratulations to the fantastic ladies of the Gillette Office!!

On Saturday, May 14th, the Annual Splash-n-Dash Triathlon was held in Gillette. We are very excited to report that the North Platte Physical Therapy team has won the Triathlon for the third year in a row! The team consisted of Kacee Pikula- Biking with a time of 54:02, Sarah Forster-Swimming with a time of 14:06, and Amanda Weber-Running with a time of 22:45. The total time for the team was 1 hour and 32 minutes. We are so proud of these ladies bringing home the trophy for a third time in a row to North Platte Physical Therapy. Way to go!
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Good Luck Racers!


By Amanda Libsack - April 26, 2016

North Platte Physical Therapy in Gillette will be defending their title for the Razor City Splash and Dash Sprint Triathlon this weekend, Saturday April 30th, 2016.  The race consists of a 14.9 mile bike ride, 900 yard swim, and a 5K run.  Our participants for the North Platte Physical Therapy team are Todd Gentzler-Biking, Sarah Forster-Swimming, and Amanda Weber-Running. This same team won the Razor City Splash and Dash title in 2015. North Platte Physical Therapy- Gillette has won this title 3 previous times in 2012,2014 and 2015.

Good luck this weekend! 
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