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The Straight Scoop on Posture | Paying It Forward

June 2015 


Jane Knows Tape 

Advance, a national Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation 

magazine interviewed Jane Milliff last month about taping. Jane talked about the many benefits of taping for back injuries. To read the full article, click here. 

Aimee Heckel Visits ALTA 

Jonathan Oldham had a blast working with Aimee Heckel of the Daily Camera this spring. Aimee has taken dozens of exercise classes around the county, and is an eager student. Aimee experienced Pilates for Osteoporosis, as only Jonathan can teach it. And she was surprised by how much she learned about bone and spine health. Jonathan was trained by Sheri Betz, PT, the national expert in the subject. He is passionate about addressing the problem of using the entire 

repertoire of classical Pilates exercises when clients have bone health issues. Jonathan will be teaching a series of Pilates classes 

The Straight Scoop on Posture 

My father, a physical therapist, used 

to have me walk around with both 

arms behind my back – my left hand 

holding my right elbow – because he 

was tired of telling me to stand up 

straight. He learned during PT 

school way back in the early 50s, 

that bad posture caused pain and 

physical therapists have been 

sharing that story ever since. 

Postural exercises are a staple in 

most physical therapy programs, and 

PTs routinely look at posture when 

examining a patient. Our professors 

taught us that if we fixed bad 

posture, we’d alleviate pain. But 

we’ve been wrong all along – as shown in multiple studies, bad posture does not cause pain and good posture doesn’t alleviate it. (1) 

So why do I continue to care about posture and why should you care too? 

How posture affects function and mood –read more 

Paying It Forward 

Michael Westphale has always been active. From hiking and biking in summer to skiing and hockey in winter, Michael made the most of his formative years in Steamboat Springs. But everything changed in 2003. Michael was hit by a drunk driver and spent 22 days in a coma. He had severe internal injuries, a brain injury and fractures of the pelvis, femur and sternum. Determination and hard work combined with the support of a dedicated

for Osteoporosis this fall. Stay tuned for more information. 


rehab team helped Michael get his life back. And he wants to pay it forward. 

Becoming a PTA was perfect. 

Michael knows how to encourage 

and support others in the rehab 

process. And he’s eager to educate 

patients about the root cause of 

painful problems. Though Michael 

has worked with professional 

athletes in hockey, soccer, and 

rugby, he is just as happy to treat 

anyone who needs help reaching 

their physical therapy goals. 

And talk about passionate, Michael loves ASTYM! Here’s what ASTYM can do for you: 

Achilles tendinosis, tennis elbow, and plantar fasciitis are painful conditions that can hobble people 

“I’m passionate about helping patients get and stay motivated during rehab so they can return to all their activities without worry about a previous injury.” 

Our beloved 

Therapist/Pilates instructor, Erin and her husband Paul, welcomed Sybil Ruth Brooks on May 26th. 

She is absolutely perfect!

Our Office will be 

closed on 

Friday, July 3rd 

for the Holiday 

for months. Though sufferers are often tight, stretching alone is futile in addressing the tightness. But that doesn’t mean there are no answers to these common musculoskeletal problems. 

ASTYM was invented in 1996 to tackle myofascial tightness as never before. Using a small plastic tool and some gel, an ASTYM trained therapist can deftly increase range of motion in layers of connective tissue where fibrosis and scarring have left you stuck and tight. 

To be effective, 

ASTYM is applied to 

the entire kinetic or 

movement chain. 

So, for an Achilles 

problem, connective 

tissue is treated 

from the hip to the 

foot. The technique 

requires the 

pressure to be applied in the line of the fibers. While movement is being restored, being active is critical. Not only should you stretch initially several times a day, but activity is essential to restore fascial movement along the normal lines of stress. 

Talk to yourALTA therapist to see ifASTYM is appropriate for you!


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