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Tuesday June 5, 2018


Jayden Kauk

New Physical Therapist Assistant in Newton

Jayden KaukKinetic Edge Physical Therapy is proud to announce the addition of Jayden Kauk, as their newest physical therapist assistant in Newton.

Jayden’s mission is to connect with each client and positively impact them with exercises that will allow them to reach their goals.

Jayden earned a Bachelors at Hastings College and then attended Clarkson College in order to become a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Jayden is from Farwell, Nebraska. She currently lives in Johnston.  In her free time, she enjoys puzzling, scrapbooking, working out and reading.

Jayden is excited to restore health, happiness, and hope. Schedule an appointment or contact her by calling 866-588-0230.

About Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy

Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy’s mission is to transform lives and restore hope through movement. They envision communities of healthy, happy, and hope-filled people and work towards that through the services they provide. Kinetic Edge has clinics in Pella, Des Moines, Oskaloosa, Newton, and Ames and consults throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. Their services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, worker performance, athletic training, pediatric therapy, and medical fitness.

Friday June 1, 2018


Des Moines Physical Therapist Kaity Hall


by Marketing Specialist Lindsey Klyn

There are few things more exciting than the concept of getting a puppy. Doesn’t every little kid dream of getting a puppy with a big red bow for Christmas? However, the reality of actually getting a puppy isn’t always quite as glamorous. In fact, it can be a lot like having a baby and toddler all in one since puppies don’t sleep through the night, move and explore everything, can’t talk, and need to be potty trained!

Pella Physical Therapy Kimmy Van Zee and IndieBut despite all this, many people still choose to become a puppy parent. In fact, two Kinetic Edge team members recently became proud puppy parents!

Assistant Office Manager Kimmy Van Zee’s daughter wrote “Dog please please please please please please” on her Christmas and birthday lists for the past 3 years, so Kimmy decided it was time to start looking into getting one. She ended up finding a litter of Toy Aussie/Yorkie mix puppies through Facebook and fell in love. A couple days later, Kimmy decided this puppy was the one for them. No one was surprised when they named her Indie Bell after the Indy 500 and one of their favorite racers, Christopher Bell, considering they’re such big race fans.

Des Moines Physical Therapist Kaity Hall and ChloePhysical Therapist Kaity Hall and her husband did a lot of research before deciding they wanted a golden retriever. They were looking for a medium-large dog that does well with people and animals, is easily trained, and is fairly active, which led them to look into golden retrievers and eventually find their puppy, Chloe.  Kaity thinks golden retrievers are some of the most adorable dogs which didn’t hurt Chloe’s case!

We asked them to share their best puppy parenting advice for those of you who might be considering getting a puppy of your own!


Tip #1 from Kaity – Do your research FIRST.

Make sure to ask questions and make sure you know what you’re getting into. It’s easy to just go for something cute and furry. We did a lot of research before finally officially deciding to get a golden retriever.

Tip #2 from Kimmy – Think through the finances.

If you choose to get your puppy from a breeder, then there will probably be a decent cost associated with your dog. But remember, it’s not just expensive to buy a dog. You also have to keep up with shots, heartworm and flea and tick medicine, and regular vet appointments. Make sure these costs fit within your budget beforehand! And if cost is a concern, consider adopting from a local pet shelter!

Tip #3 from Kaity – Consider the time of year before getting a puppy.

Potty training in the spring or summer is a lot more fun than potty training in the middle of winter in Iowa. Enough said.

Tip #4 from Kimmy – Be prepared to practice patience.

Whether it be when you’re standing outside for 15 plus minutes waiting for your puppy to go potty or your puppy just chewed through your daughter’s favorite pair of socks, patience is key. Remind yourself to be patient, even if your puppy chews on your shoes, potties in the house, or gets into things she shouldn’t. A puppy’s just a puppy, and you’re both going through this learning process together.

Tip #5  from Kaity – Start training and socialization as early as possible.

Puppies are smarter than they look. The more they are exposed to now, the less those things seem scary or new in the future. If they don’t like it at first, give it a little time. Keep exposing them to new things. Chloe was afraid of some of her toys initially, but after being home for a few days they are her favorites now.

Tip #6 from Kimmy – Stick to a schedule.

When I picked Indie up from the breeder, she told me that her dogs are kenneled at 9 PM and aren’t let out again until 6:30 AM. Sticking with this routine has prevented a lot of whining! She also knows our morning routine of potty, food, and play time before she has to get in the kennel again while I’m at work.

Tip #7 from Kaity – Have FUN with your puppy.

Like kids, puppies only stay little for so long, so enjoy this crazy stage of puppy parenting! Chloe is just hilarious to watch. She slides on tile and does summersaults while chewing on her toys. We also love the extra encouragement to get outside more.

Tip #8 from Kimmy – Utilize your support system.

I’ve gotten a lot of tips from friends that have dogs. It’s nice to know others who’ve gone through the “puppy parent” thing too. Having a support system also comes in handy when you’re gone for long periods of time and need someone to dog sit! This is a fun way for your friends and family to have a dog without the full commitment of having one.

In the end, both say that despite the bumps and bruises along the way, they’ve loved being puppy parents! In fact, they’re quickly learning how dog is woman’s best friend.

Des Moines Physical Therapist Kaity Hall Des Moines Physical Therapist puppy Pella physical therapy puppy Pella Physical Therapy Indie Des Moines Physical Therapy Puppy Pella physical therapy puppy



Friday June 1, 2018


back pain


Dr. Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT

back painAs a lower back pain specialist who has worked with thousands of people suffering with lower back pain, it is clear that one of the most common problems people deal with when experiencing lower back pain is difficulty walking. Have you ever wondered why that is the case?

Here are the 5 most common root causes of back pain while walking:



  • Poor Hip Mobility. With every step you take, your hip and pelvis move in three planes of motion. If you lack hip motion in any of those directions, your lower back will likely compensate by moving more than it is designed to move. Over time, this increased motion can create inflammation and compression of the nerves that exit the spine, which can lead to sciatica and lower back pain.


  • Decreased Hip Strength. It is very common to see people walking with a slight lean to one side when the foot lands on the ground. This is an indicator that the lateral muscles of the hip are weak. When this happens, the body compensates by leaning to that side, which increases compressive forces on the nerves on the same side of the spine.


  • Stiff Upper BackStiff Upper Back. With every step you take, your arm swings in the opposite direction. This arm swing causes our upper back to rotate in the opposite direction of your pelvis.  If you have a limited ability to rotate your upper back, which is common in men, your lower back will compensate by increasing its rotation, a motion that this area of the spine is not designed to do. Once again, this can lead to increased compression and irritation to the joints and nerves in your spine.


  • Limited foot and ankle mobilityLimited Foot and Ankle Mobility. Studies have demonstrated that every time your foot hits the ground, your body needs to absorb forces equivalent to 2-3 times your body weight. If your foot is stiff and does not flatten when you walk like it is designed to do, increased forces are transmitted to your spine, which increases compressive forces and can irritate the joints and nerves in the spine.


  • Spine Arthritis and/or Stenosis. Research indicates that if you are over 55 years old, have pain in your lower back with walking or standing, and it goes away when you sit, there is a 97% chance you have arthritis in your spine. You don’t need an expensive diagnostic test to confirm this finding. Arthritis predisposes you to spine pain while walking, but if you fix all of the things mentioned above, then will be able to walk without pain despite the diagnosis of stenosis or arthritis. Don’t let the diagnosis of arthritis be an excuse to do nothing. A mobile spine surrounded by strong muscles will reduce pain in an arthritic spine.

If you would like to learn more about Lower Back Pain and Sciatica and strategies to reduce pain and allow for pain free walking, you should  our office at (866)-588-0230 and schedule a FREE INJURY SCREEN to find out if your back can benefit from the expertise we offer.

We’re offering a FREE back pain screen day event on:

Thursday, June 14 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Kinetic Edge in Des Moines– 4516 3rd Street, Suite 100

    Kinetic Edge in Ames – 4700 Mortensen Road, Suite 101

Thursday, June 14 from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

     Kinetic Edge in Pella – 604 Liberty Street, Suite 227

The biggest predictor of lower back pain in the future is a past experience with lower back pain. So, even if you’re not experiencing lower back pain currently but have dealt with it in the past, you’d likely benefit from the help of a knowledgeable physical therapist who can find and fix the issues that contribute to the pain. Fixing those root problems will reduce the likelihood that your lower back pain will return.

If you’re ready to fix the root problems of your low back pain, give us a call at 866-588-0230 to schedule a free 20 minute back pain screen today.

Tuesday May 1, 2018


Building trusting relationships with clients

The secret sauce you need to feel better

by Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT

In 1993, my wife Stephanie and I found ourselves in Willmar, Minnesota at a Christian rock concert. For about $10, we heard a handful of popular artists, like the Newsboys, perform great songs. After all these years, though, the most unforgettable experience of that night came from a guy I didn’t know prior to this event.

Josh McDowell is a youth speaker who grew up an agnostic. That night he spoke about the heinous acts of physical violence his father committed against his mother, a model that drove him away from his heavenly Father. Over time, and despite subsequent acts of rebellion, he began to experience the call of God on his life. It wasn’t until he understood that he must forgive his father – even though his father hadn’t asked for it – that he came to understand the deep impact of true Love and real, intimate relationships.

That night, Josh McDowell, a man who has given 27,000 talks in 125 countries and is believed to have spoken to more kids than any other man in history, spent a considerable amount of time exploring this principle: rules without relationship lead to rebellion.

Building a trusting relationshipThis simple fact applies to all of our relationships. If parents bark out commands to kids but don’t spend time developing a loving, trusting relationship with them, a rebellion to those commands is likely to occur. The same principle is true in health care, and it strikes me how “health care” can be a very ironic phrase. Many health care experiences we hear about from our clients’ experiences elsewhere are neither about health nor care.

At Kinetic Edge, we believe that people don’t care what we know unless they know that we care. We don’t expect you to trust us or to try out our recommendations unless you first know us and like us. In our world, rebellion might look like halfhearted commitment to the rehab process. Therefore, relationship building is the most important and fundamental principle of our success.

Building a trusting relationship is our secret sauce.

The next time you see or hear a health care provider promoting the newest technology or gadget, have an appreciation for it, but recognize that these items are only tools. The newest and coolest treatment fad – whether it’s a colorful tape, a vibrating plate, or a $100K piece of equipment – is only as effective as the provider using it and her ability to care for you.

Astym on heelAt Kinetic Edge, we too have some of these new and cool treatment options like trigger point dry needling and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (i.e. Astym), and we promote them because they are great tools. But the tool is only effective if it is held in the hand of an empathetic health care provider that demonstrates genuine care and compassion for your individual needs.

Physical Therapists Larry Benz and David Browder performed an extensive study to determine what patients most wanted in their physical therapy experience. Here’s what they discovered mattered most to patients:

  1. A knowledgeable therapist
  2. Friendly staff members
  3. Clear instructions from the therapist
  4. No or very limited waiting time
  5. Recommendation from their physician

Notice, none of the responses mention stretchy tape, needles, a specific piece of equipment, or cutting-edge treatments offered to Olympic athletes. A majority of these five most important factors are related to how people are treated relationally, not how they are treated medically.

At Kinetic Edge, we focus on these five important factors with every client encounter. Like Josh McDowell encourages, we strive to develop deep and trusting relationships so that the right therapeutic activity occurs at the right time, which yields the best results. If rules without relationship lead to rebellion, then health care outcomes are directly tied to relationship.

If you want to learn more about Josh McDowell’s message about the importance and benefits of relationship building, click here. And if you want to spend a brief 20 minutes with one of our licensed therapy providers to understand how a relationship with us can yield positive results for your musculoskeletal problem, just call us today at 866-588-0230 to set up a free screen.

Tuesday May 1, 2018


Pella Tulip Time

Pella Tulip Timeby Lindsey Klyn, Marketing Specialist

This Thursday-Saturday (May 3-5), our corporate headquarters will become swarmed by tourists, tulips, Dutch dancers, and delicious food! It’s Tulip Time week in Pella, an opportunity for our small town to celebrate our Dutch heritage and indulge in delicious delicacies. A little over three years ago, Kinetic Edge’s corporate headquarters and Pella clinic moved to the second floor of the Molengracht which has given us a bird’s eye view to many Tulip Time festivities.

We’d love for you to come visit our town, check out our corporate headquarters (our Pella clinic is only open 8-11 AM), and take in a bit of the festivities this weekend. If you decide to take us up on the offer, read through our insider tips for even more fun at Tulip Time this year!

1.  Find a parking spot: The first trick to Tulip Time is finding a place to park… Here are some of our favorite spots to find parking:

  • Street parking is free, so if you’re fortunate to find an open spot, take it!
  • Calvary Christian Reformed Church has free parking and a free shuttle right to the square!
  • Trinity Reformed Church is one block east of the square and offers parking for $5.
  • Central College offers parking for $5.May 2018 - Renae Tulip Time

2.  Watch a parade: Tulip Time has two parades each day, an afternoon parade at 2:30 PM and a lighted evening parade at 8:30 PM. If you bring chairs or blankets, set them out early to claim your spot. If you don’t bring those in, consider watching the parade from the grandstand. (Tickets are required for the afternoon parade.) The parade starts on the south side of Main Street near Pizza Ranch, so consider finding a spot near the front of the parade if you want to beat the traffic home.

3.  Download the Pella Now app: This free mobile app lists the food booths and what food items are available at each stand! It also has maps which highlight attractions, tulip beds, restrooms, and parking.

4.  Purchase a unique Mother’s Day gift at West Market Park: West Market Park fills up with 100+ booths full of unique products for sale. Given that Mother’s Day is the following weekend, this is a great spot to pick up a gift for your mom. I also recommend getting a dish of the nitro ice cream while strolling through… it’s some of the creamiest ice cream you’ll ever taste!

May 2018- Pella Tulip Time5.  Tiptoe through the tulips: Our team agrees that their favorite spots to see tulips are the square and Scholte gardens. Make sure you catch all the tulips in bloom by looking at the beds in bloom on this map.

6.  Take a tour of town: Since a lot of the streets are blocked off for Tulip Time, one of the best ways to see the town is on a wagon tour pulled behind a tractor! A spieler (guide) points out various highlights as you travel through town past tulip gardens and historical landmarks. Tickets are available across from the information windmill on the intersection of Main and Franklin.

May 2018 - Elise Tulip Time7.  Wear your Kinetic Edge t-shirt: You know that super soft and comfy t-shirt we give all clients on their first visit with us? In addition to making for a cool and comfortable outfit at this outdoor festival, your shirt might also score you a free plate of poffertjes! If someone on our team spots you in your shirt, we’ll give you a coupon for free poffertjes! Which leads me to our next tip…

8.  Enjoy poffertjes: Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch treat that resemble small, sweet pancakes. But they’re way better. They’re one of the most popular Tulip Time foods, and our favorite stand is the Kiwanis booth, right next to the giant windmill. You’ll know it by the long line that’s nearly always by it. So, if you do stand in line for a long time, Occupational Therapist Elise Spronk recommends buying an extra plate to make the wait even more worth it. Occupational Therapy Assistant Ashley Beekman also recommends going between 7-9 AM when the lines are much smaller to get poffertjes for breakfast.

9. Beat the lines: Like any good festival, lines are a part of the experience. There are two main groups for food booths, on the east and west side of Pella’s square. We recommend picking a side to eat on with your family, setting a meeting place, and then giving each person cash to divide and conquer the lines. And if you’re wanting to visit our famous bakeries, you may want to consider a trip back to Pella at a time other than Tulip Time. If that can’t happen, we usually notice smaller lines during the afternoon parade.

May 2018 - Ashley Tulip Time10. Tour the windmill and historical village: Check out the largest working windmill in the United States and the 23-building historical village which includes Wyatt Earp’s home. The view from the top of the windmill is incredible, and if you time your tour right, you may even be able to catch part of the parade from up there. The buildings throughout the historical village also have demonstrations going on like Dutch letter baking, rug braiding, blacksmithing, and more. In fact, this is a great way to purchase a warm Dutch letter without having to wait in the crazy bakery line. Tours are $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5-18. Kids under 5 can visit for free.

11.  Get breakfast at the airport Saturday morning: The Fly-In Breakfast is only offered Saturday morning from 7-10 AM. Enjoy breakfast, as well as checking out all the airplanes on display. You might even see a pilot fly in or fly out while eating! Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids.

May 2018 - Lindsey Poffertjes12.  Try our favorite foods: Food is a huge part of Tulip Time! If you’re looking for a yummy meal or treat, try one of our team member’s favorites:

  • Dutch Ribbons – Lindsey Klyn, Ashley Beekman, and Dustin Brigss’ favorite – A Dutch ribbon is a deep-fried spiraled potato. We recommend covering in it cheese sauce and seasoning salt. Find Dutch Ribbons at the Catholic Church’s booth right by the post office.
  • Dutch Taco – Lisa Vos’ favorite – This is a Dutchman’s spin on a taco… Instead of ground beef, this taco is filled with Pella bologna and topped with a special sauce! Find it at the Methodist Church’s booth on the east side of the square.
  • Big Ticket – Travis Ethen’s favorite – The Big Ticket is a hearty meal available at Central College’s football booth, near Happy Joe’s. It’s a brat covered in pulled pork.
  • Poffertjes – Renae Oppenhuizen, Melissa Hansen, and John Lenderink’s favorite – We’ve already covered these, but seriously, don’t miss out on this Dutch delicacy.
  • Double Dutch – Troy Vander Molen’s favorite – This burger topped with bologna and smoked Gouda cheese is a popular and delicious meal option. Find it at the United Methodist Church’s booth.
  • Triple Threat – Erica Guinane’s favorite – The Triple Threat is a step up from the Double Dutch. Take everything from the Double Dutch and add a fried egg on top, and you’ve got yourself a Triple Threat. Also available at the United Methodist’s booth.
  • The Dutch Delight – Elise Spronk’s favorite – Available at the Lake View Camp booth, this yummy ice cream treat has a Dutch almond bar at the base and is topped with fresh strawberries, strawberry sauce, and whipped cream!
  • Vet Bollen – Kimmy Van Zee’s favorite – These deep-fried dough balls with raisins are available on the north side of the street from the big windmill.
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