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Tuesday July 28, 2015

See you later Shelly!

Shelly 2 - CopyThis Saturday, we’ll celebrate Shelly De Ruiter’s twelfth anniversary with our company, and the following Tuesday, we’ll dreadfully celebrate her last day with our organization. This past May, Shelly and her family announced that her husband, Darryl, had accepted the principal position at Holland Christian High School, which meant she would be leaving our organization in August.

Twelve years ago, Shelly’s husband became the principal at Pella Christian High School, and she came to what was Work Systems Rehab to discuss work possibilities. Troy Vander Molen extended her an offer to join their team, and she accepted.

“At the time, we were trusting God that He would provide us the people to support Shelly’s participation in our group,” commented Troy Vander Molen, CEO and physical therapist. “We knew that it would be better for Shelly to be a part of Work Systems than the competition, and we were right.”

Shelly anticipated the move to Michigan with excitement and sadness, confident that this was God’s plan and excited to be within two and a half hours of her three college kids. Despite this, Shelly shared how much she will miss her Kinetic Edge family of patients and co-workers alike.

Shelly De RuiterI want to say thank you to my patients for allowing me to join in your journeys. Remember that all healing comes from God, and He uses a variety of means to speak restoration into our lives. Often, He uses the hard things to help us understand some of His greatest gifts. I’m sad to be leaving Kinetic Edge and will miss my patients who have become more like friends, my servant hearted co-workers, and the Pella clinic setting in the Molengracht the most.

Although I am leaving, I want you to know that Joel Watters, DPT, has begun further education in PRI training. This has been the treatment approach that I have used most consistently. It has been fun to see him both wrestle with and embrace these concepts. These concepts give a framework of evaluation and treatment that consider the position and influence of the pelvis and rib cage on multiple musculoskeletal pains and injuries.

Joel will do a great job assimilating PRI techniques into his already great repertoire of PT care. Patients will benefit greatly from Joel’s outlook and skills.

Joel Watters is a physical therapist and certified Astym provider and is now taking classes in PRI. Joel has been with Kinetic Edge for over three years and loves his job because he gets to help people get back to doing the things they love to do. His mission is to help his clients achieve their health goals, and he finds few things more rewarding than walking alongside his clients as they move forward and feel better. He looks forward to continuing Shelly’s legacy within Kinetic Edge.

Joel WattersDuring my five years as a physical therapist I can point towards a handful of colleagues that have made significant impacts on me and the way I care for my patients. One of these is Shelly DeRuiter. I particularly appreciate how she cares for the entire person, walks by faith and includes those faith values in her work, and her incredible expertise of the Postural Restoration (PRI) treatment method.

As she announced her plans to begin a new journey, our company began thinking about who could fill the void left by such a valuable team member. As a previous patient of hers and a therapist who has been using some of those same foundational principles in my patient population already, I felt like I was a natural fit.

Over the past few months I have been working with Shelly in a number of different ways to gain valuable experience in the PRI method. I have also taken one PRI course and will take another in the fall. I have discovered the incredible impact that this treatment perspective can have on the lives of our clients and am excited continue this unique and customized physical therapy care that Shelly so incredibly blessed our company and community with.

I am so sad to see Shelly go but am excited for what the next chapter holds for both Shelly and our Kinetic Edge team. I look forward to incorporating Shelly’s PRI technique alongside the physical therapy approach I’ve developed to continue to provide the care our clients need. With this approach, I am confident Kinetic Edge will continue to provide the exceptional experience you’ve come to expect from us, regardless of who your primary provider was.


Thursday July 2, 2015


Do you have pain in your lower back? Do you ever experience numbness or tingling in your legs or feet?

Are you interested in finding an all natural and permanent solution to these problems that doesn’t require needles or surgery?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from a condition known as sciatica. Sciatica is pain that affects your back, hip, and legs. Numbness or tingling in your legs, feet, buttocks, or lower back can all be indicators of sciatica. This is a common problem. In fact, 80% of the entire population will experience back pain in their lifetime, and 15-30% will experience it each year!

Sciatica is usually caused by one of three problems – herniated discs, arthritis, or SI joint issues – and each of these problems has unique treatment needs. The good news is, when you match the right treatment with the right problem, your symptoms should go away… almost immediately!

Here are two valuable tools to help you find natural and permanent relief from sciatica:

1. Sit on a chair and look down.
2. Straighten one leg, with toes in the air.
3. Repeat for the other side.

If your leg has pain, numbness, or tingling and does not go up as high as your other leg, you likely have sciatica.

Your next step is to see what is causing the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Call us to schedule an appointment; we can help you with that!






The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc. If this exercise does not help, call our office at 866-588-0230 to schedule an appointment.

1. Stand with hands on hips, feet shoulder width apart.
2. Bend backwards until a stretch is felt.
3. Hold for 5 seconds and then repeat 20 times.


If the self-test is positive (i.e. your leg pain is greater on one leg than the other), call us today at 866-588-0230 or email usWe’ll help you understand what is putting pressure on the nerve.

If you get relief from the #1 exercise, keep doing it! There is an entire series of more advanced exercises that may help, so just let us know if you would like to learn about these to help yourself get better more rapidly.

If the exercise doesn’t change your symptoms or you actually feel worse doing it, don’t continue it. Contact us so that we can help you determine the true cause of your symptoms and give you the unique help you require.



Thursday July 2, 2015


bikeIf I told you I biked 200 miles in one day last month, what would you think? Perhaps it puts it in better perspective if I say that I biked from West Des Moines to Okoboji, what takes 3 1/2 hours to drive by car, in one day. Typical responses I’ve gotten are, “You’re crazy,” and “Why are you doing this?” So let me explain my “craziness”.

Four years ago my friend Rocky Vest invited me to meet on his driveway at 5:30 am on Wednesdays to go for a one hour bike ride. An early morning ride was an easy sell, since I have been a cyclist since getting into the sport in eighth grade. Rocky was training for a ride that he helped start the year before, called the Okoboji 200 (OK200). This organization uses cycling for 200 miles as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for human trafficking in Nepal and S.E. Asia.

Our training rides led to my first attempt at the OK200 in 2013. This ride proved to be a challenge with headwinds at up to 37 miles per hour. The group changed course at mile 100 and headed back to Des Moines. My vacation plans did not allow for the turn around so I did not reach my goal.

Fast forward to June 2015. OK200 continues to grow in size and impact for the human trafficking cause, adding a local charity in central Iowa that helps restore victims rescued from sexual slavery. I felt led to commit to the event again and started several months of focused training, including long bike rides, running, and weight lifting.

On June 26, our group of 38 cyclists left Valley Stadium for the 200 mile trek to Okoboji. Our day started with pleasant temps in the 60’s, light rain, and minimal wind. After a few mechanical issues in Waukee, we rode the Raccoon River Valley trail to Dallas Center, before riding some of the lightly travelled county blacktops. I enjoyed conversing with friends and meeting several new people as we journeyed. bikers

Rest stops were planned around every 30 miles with a much needed noon meal at our half way point in Lake City. Mile 100-130 proved to be the toughest part of the ride for me due to stomach cramping and the mental challenge of knowing we still had 100 miles to go.

After our 130 mile break in Fonda, we continued north into a somewhat forgiving north headwind. The route continued through the countryside towards our final destination: Christy’s Point on Minnawashta Lake at 200 miles.

During the day, I found myself in prayer several times for those we ride for; pondering the unimaginable pain they deal with made the pain of our trip seem insignificant. Over $50,000 was raised for the human trafficking cause on behalf of OK200, but the ride and need continue.

Visit for more on the reason we ride, so they can be free.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

WORK SYSTEMS REHAB & FITNESS CHANGES THEIR NAME Join the movement at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy

Pella, Iowa – On March 13, 2015, locally owned and operated Work Systems Rehab & Fitness changed its name to Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy. While some may consider announcing a change of this significance on Friday the 13th a bad omen, Kinetic Edge looks forward to the opportunities this new names brings.

“We changed our name because the name we started with 16 years ago no longer fully represented our organization,” stated CEO Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT. “It resonated well with our work injury clients but missed the mark with others we serve. Kinetic Edge more wholly communicates the variety of proven services we offer that help people move better, feel better, and function better.”

The change of their name does not represent a seismic shift in their focus as an organization, but it does represent a refined vision and direction. Kinetic Edge will continue to focus on work injury management and prevention, but their name better communicates their expertise in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, pediatric therapy, sports medicine, and medical fitness. The common denominator in all of their services is movement, which led to the selection of their new name, Kinetic Edge.

“Our solutions may not always be quick fixes, but they do provide a long term result that help people thrive and excel,” commented Clinic Manager Elise Spronk, MS, OTR/L. “What many people don’t realize is that our services can be utilized with or without a referral, so the choice is really up to you.”

The team at Kinetic Edge is passionate about movement. They believe if people move better, they also feel and function better. The friendly and knowledgeable movement experts at Kinetic Edge help clients rediscover their healthier, happier, and hope-filled lives.

“At Kinetic Edge, we’re starting a movement and inviting others to join in,” said Vander Molen. “This movement is both literal and figurative. Movement helps people feel and function better physically, but this movement is also about not being complacent with your current reality.”

In addition to physical therapy services, Kinetic Edge in Pella offers occupational therapy, pediatric therapy, athletic training, ASTYM treatments, and a medically oriented gym. Kinetic Edge has five offices across Southeast Iowa, including offices in Pella, Newton, Des Moines, and Ames.

Want to try Kinetic Edge for free? Then call 641-621-0230 today to schedule a no-obligation, free Kinetic Screen.

For more information, please contact Troy Vander Molen at 641-780-6330 or via email at

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Sleep Tips for Tweens and Teens

Just like we talk about healthy nutrition and exercise, sleep is food for the brain.  Many important body functions and brain activity occur during sleep.  Sleep is crucial to our well-being.  It is as important as the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.

Tweens and teens require about 9 ¼ hours of sleep each night for optimal functioning.  Some can get by with 8 ½ hours.  However, some studies find that only 15% of this age group is getting adequate sleep.  One factor resulting in not sleeping enough is that they stay up too late on the weekends, thus sleeping in too late also.  This affects biological clocks and hurts the quality of sleep.  Biological sleep patterns also naturally shift to later sleep times in adolescence.  The problem arises when later bed times aren’t followed by later alarm clocks.

The following are consequences of inadequate sleep:

  1. Limited cognitive or brain function.  Sleeping less than 8-9 hours affects the ability to learn, listen, concentrate, remember and solve problems.
  2. More prone to skin problems including pimples.
  3. More likely to act aggressively with inappropriate behavior toward friends, teachers, and family.
  4. Lack of sleep affects mood, and a depressed mood can lead to a lack of sleep.
  5. Increased likelihood to eat too much or eat unhealthy foods that lead to weight gain.
  6. Unsafe driving:  Drowsiness causes more than 100,000 car crashes each year.
  7. Lack of sleep contributes to illness.

Solutions to ensure enough, good sleep during adolescence:

  1. Make sleep a priority.  Decide what you need to change and do it!
  2. Napping can be good if done early enough in the day and not too long to interrupt night sleep.  For the most part, sleeping less than 2 hours and before 3 pm is a good place to start.
  3. Make your room good for sleep.  Keep it cool, quiet, and dark at night.  When waking in the morning, open the shades, turn on the lights to give you brain a natural wake up call.
  4. No pills, vitamins, or drinks can replace good sleep.  Avoid caffeine close to bedtime.
  5. When you are able to drive, recognize if you are too sleepy to drive, and call for a ride.
  6. Find a good bedtime and wake time and stick to it even on the weekends!
  7. Don’t exercise within a few hours of bedtime.
  8. Don’t leave homework for the last minute.  Give your brain an opportunity to relax before hitting the pillow.
  9. Avoid screen time two hours before going to bed if you are having trouble falling asleep.  The lights from screens have been known to trick your brain into thinking it is daytime.
  10. Participate in activities that slow your engine down and are calming.


For more information, or to receive a personalized plan to improve your sleep, contact Elise Spronk, OTR/L at or 641-621-0230.