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Clifford Lafreniere, PT

Cliff is a 1976 graduate of the University of North Dakota, where he earned summa cum laude honors. He began providing outpatient physical services in the Grand Forks area in 1981 when he founded Great Plains Physical Therapy. He is currently managing member of Achieve Therapy, LLC and resides in Park Rapids, MNwith his wife Kathleen where they in enjoy the ”Pug Life” with Chance. Cliff has advanced skills in the treatment of chronic pain, sports medicine rehabilitation, and manual therapy. He is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the spine from the McKenzie Institute and in Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT). In 1993, Cliff was honored by the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce as Small Business Person of the Year. Cliff and his wife Kathleen love the lake country and all that goes with living in the woodlands of Minnesota. They enjoy boating, snowmobiling, x-country skiing, river and lake kayaking and four wheeling. They take pleasure in the adult lives of their two children, Heather and Russell, their grandchildren, and their pug companion, Chance. Cliff’s motto is “You must have passion for what you do or it will never be satisfying”. Cliff currently treats patients in Achieve therapy’s Park Rapids, MN & Detroit Lakes, MN clinics. Living The “Pug” Life!

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INSIDE: • Find Out How To Wake Without an Ache. • Understanding the Causes of Back Pain Are you in Pain? Call Today And Start Feeling Better Fast! • Exercise Essential

“Is Bed Rest Good For Your Back Pain?” FIND OUT HOW TO WAKE WITHOUT AN ACHE In the old days, when your back was hurting, your doctor told you to rest until it felt better. However a lot has been learned about proper treatment for back pain since those days, and gone are the days of prolonged bed rest. New studies show that proper movements, posture and a gradual return to activities, has been found to be much more successful to control back pain. This allows you faster pain relief and a return to normal pain-free activities. Bed rest and inactivity have been shown to weaken muscles and bones. Whereas exercise in general, increases strength and flexibility of the muscles, aiding in healing through increased blood flow to the affected area. It has also been found that exercise and aerobic activity, like walking, assists in bringing nutrients to structures in the spine. Some of these structures, like the discs between your vertebrae, have a poor blood supply and rely on your body’s movements and aerobic activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less of these nutrients are able to get to the structures in the spine to keep them healthy. In our SPINE program we look at your individual health history, as well as your current mobility level and interests. Based on this, our physical therapists put together an individualized exercise program specifically for you. They will help guide you back into your previous activity level without pain. In addition to exercise, physical therapy utilizes a variety of gentle modalities such as ultrasound, electric stimulation, massage and heat or cold therapy to help relieve muscular spasms. Our program will first relieve your pain and then provide exercises to restore your strength and instruct you in how to prevent your symptoms from recurring.

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When your foot hits the ground, your whole body feels the effect.  Imagine in your car if your shock absorbers were worn out. You would feel every bump and jolt from the road. Your feet and legs are much the same way. The greater the impact of your step, the more impact it has on your body. Sometimesour legsarenotquitethesame lengthdueto jointreplacementsor arthriticconditions intheankle,knee,orhip.Evensmalldifferencesmaycause back or leg pain. A small heel lift can often change symptoms dramatically. Many times tightness in theanklecanalsocontribute tobackpain.When the ankle joint is tight, this essentially makes that leg “longer” which can cause the spine to curve slightly and result in back and leg pain. Your feet and legs need to be able to support the rest of your body during walking tasks. We will evaluate your leg and foot strength and mobility and focus on improving the muscles that are weak and stretching those that are tight.This in turnwillallowyou towalkwithbetter formandhelp toeliminate back pain. If we find that you need some type of modification to your shoes or inserts we will make those recommendations as well. We want to look at everything that can be contributing to your back pain, not just your back. Thiscanbedoneunder theguidanceandexpertiseofourphysical therapists at Achieve Therapy and Fitness.

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• Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. • Bake eggs for 12-15 minutes or until set. • Remove from oven and allow to cool.

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• Run a knife around the edge of ramekin (or muffin tin) to remove eggs. • To assemble breakfast sandwich, layer one half of each English muffin with one slice of cheese, one slice of ham and a cooked egg. • Top with other half of English muffin. • Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap and place in the freezer. • To reheat, place in microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through.

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Exercise Essential Alternative Arm & Leg Lifts Start on hands and knees, hips and shoulders at 90°. Lift one arm straight out in front. At the same time, lift opposite leg straight back. Repeat 8 times on both sides. Hold for 3 seconds.

Always consultyour therapistorphysicianbefore startingexercisesyouareunsureofdoing.

Have youmet your annual insurance deductible? An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. How do you check to see if your deductible has been met? You can call your insurance and ask them, or you can call us and we will gladly check your benefits for you.

Good stretch to help lower back

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