Kalispell, MT (PRWEB) November 08, 2011
While many individuals accept aches and pain as an unavoidable fact of aging, Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) asserts that they are usually symptoms of treatable conditions that can easily be detected through regular health screenings. To promote the benefits of health screenings, PTA is offering free physical therapy consultations in Flathead Valley, Montana, to anyone who requests an appointment.
“The key to optimal health and wellness is to identify and treat problems before they progress,” explained Blaine Stimac, owner and CEO of Professional Therapy Associates. “The longer you wait to have aches, pain or stiffness checked out, the worse your symptoms are likely to get. If the underlying cause is a tear or sprain, or an injury that is not healing properly, you can aggravate the condition and potentially cause irreparable damage. That’s why it’s so important to seek a professional diagnosis at the first sign of pain.”
Stimac notes that he and he team have seen many patients compound their original issues by delaying treatment. “If you encounter pain or restricted movement while working, exercising or playing sports, you’re likely to adapt your movements to compensate for the issue. This creates patterns that don’t follow proper body mechanics, and can increase your risk of injury. Likewise, if you have problems lifting things – whether it’s equipment at work or toddlers at home – that can also lead to an injury. You might be lifting the wrong way or have insufficient flexibility; in either case, your spine will suffer the effects of using improper form.”
PTA will provide a free 15- to 20-minute consultation and health screening at any of its four clinics in Flathead Valley, Montana. A licensed physical therapist will meet with each prospective patient to help diagnose the cause of pain or limited mobility, and will answer any questions. The therapist may ask the individual to perform specific movements in order to evaluate body mechanics and patterns, and may recommend a few exercises or stretches to address any problem areas. The goal of the consultation is to determine the appropriate next steps in treating the condition – whether it’s to visit a specialist, develop a wellness plan or request a prescription for physical therapy treatment.
To schedule a free consultation, individuals may contact any of PTA’s four clinics within Flathead Valley: Downtown Kalispell – 406-257-5610; Kalispell North – 406-756-7878; Whitefish – 406-862-5033; or Columbia Falls – 406-892-7999. Additional information about Professional Therapy Associates – including services, staff and directions – is available at http://www.ptflathead.com
About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac
Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in Downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave) and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit http://www.ptflathead.com