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December 2013
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" Your smile is a blessing to others"

25 for 25
To celebrate our 25th Anniversary we want to give back to the community with a blood drive- our goal is 25 pints for our 25th!
January 6th from 9am-2pm the blood mobile will be in our parking lot.  Walk-ins welcome or register here:
Donors will receive a $10 gas card and be entered into a drawing for a gift basket.
Be an Everyday Hero!




MPT's Referral Program is Back!!! 


January-March when you refer a friend or a family member,

MPT will give you a choice of the following prizes!


$25 Gift Card to one of these:

*Martin's Grocery Store

 *Metro Run/Walk

*Ginger Valley

*Starbucks Coffee


That's not all!

Your name will then be entered to win a BIG CASH PRIZE

to be drawn on Tuesday April 1st

Holiday Hours
Dec 24th
7 am- 12 pm
Dec 25th
Dec 31st
7 am-5 pm
Jan. 1st


Hello to all our friends!
The Holiday season has always been a time of busyness, deadlines and struggles to accomplish all that needs to be done. It has been easy for me to be swept away in activities and forget why this time of year is so special to each of us.
If you are like me in any way, please take a moment to stop reading in a few more sentences. Take the time to sit and remember all the good in your life. Try to forget the busyness, the deadlines, the possible challenges and think of the good times. Remember the past (when the children were young and in awe of you as parents) or the present (maybe the family is healthy and in a good place), or look towards the future (a possible new baby, wedding or wonderful family vacation).
Whatever you need to do, take a minute or two or three!
Stop what you're doing (reading this article) and sit back, take a deep breath and remember whatever it is that brings a smile to your face; whatever it is that allows you to go to your happy place and be thankful. As we all may have heard, "God only knows how blessed we truly are!"

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!
Fran McDonald, PT DPT



Do You Need to See a Physical Therapist Before Starting an Exercise Program? 


As we head into the new year, many people are evaluating their exercise routine, or lack of one!


Nobody disputes the value of exercise. As part of a comprehensive weight-loss program, it's a necessity. As part of a general fitness program, its benefits are many. And for everyone, some form of exercise is essential to help us stave off the effects of aging, to keep us limber and flexible and simply to foster a sense of well-being.


Health experts caution that the basis for setting up any exercise program is simple common sense. Our normal level of activity, our age, general health, weight and other factors should be taken into consideration before starting a

regular exercise program.


The key is that physical therapy can be utilized to help people become more mobile, more flexible and stronger so they are able to tolerate exercise, thus allowing them to do more.


While most individuals can start a program without professional supervision, some people may want to consult a physical therapist before beginning an exercise routine. Answering these questions can help you decide if the advice of a physical therapist is warranted:

  • Do you have anxiety regarding beginning or increasing the intensity of an exercise program because of past injuries?
  • Are you apprehensive about how intense your exercise program should be because of unusual aches and pains?
  • Is pain a limiting factor for you during day to day activities?
  • Do you consider yourself inflexible?
  • Do you have difficulty lifting heavy things?
  • Are you deconditioned from injury, illness or surgery?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it's probably a good idea to consult with a physical therapist before embarking on a program of exercise. While the right kind of exercise is certainly beneficial, movements that are overly aggressive can cause unnecessary strain and do more harm than good. And nobody wants that.


Call MPT with any questions or to set up an appointment: (574)233-5754 or email [email protected]



Published On: June 5, 2012, in News, Fitness, Health, by Joseph Ruhl 
    Stop the Therapy Cap!
If Congress does not take action by December 31, 2013, the therapy cap will again be imposed on Medicare-covered physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services. We need to take action NOW to ensure the cap does not go back into place.

Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor legislation to repeal the therapy cap once and for all. Follow this link and you can do this in a few easy steps!
                      STOP THE THERAPY CAP!