Missoula’s Physical Therapists Since 1984.
Valley Physical Therapy is a locally owned and independent private practice that has been serving our local community since 1984. We are also physical therapist-owned and that means we value quality, personalized care for our patients. Our team consists of talented employees - both clinical and non-clinical - who have a strong reputation for clinical quality, effective outcomes and positive customer service.
Our mission is to provide quality, comprehensive physical therapy services through growing knowledge and skills, empowerment of clients, and promotion of health and wellness. We emphasize individual client evaluation and treatment to help clients meet their personal goals.
For Your Health...
The Benefits of Using Trekking Poles For Exercise
Walking is probably the most popular form of exercise world-wide. More and more people are using walking or trekking poles as part of their routine to enhance cardiovascular fitness, increase “core” muscular activation, and unload joints. An additional benefit from exercising with walking poles is the involvement of nearly all major upper body and trunk muscles which help burn more calories for maintaining ideal weight. What a great form of total body cardiovascular fitness!
Walking with poles can be a great way to exercise for those with degenerative joint disease because it reduces the load and wear and tear on the joints. The points of contact offered by the poles improve balance and stability reducing the risk of falling. Some poles come with interchangeable tips specifically designed for snow or icy surfaces.
One of our physical therapists can provide the necessary education in proper sizing and various techniques for fitness walking with poles.
Kathy Dolese, MSPT