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Wednesday August 1, 2018



8 Tips for Healthy Travel

Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT


We’re in the thick of vacation season, and many of you will be embarking on one last road trip to make memories with your families before summer ends. For some, travel can be an uncomfortable experience which means that you may be creating memories tied to how you were feeling more than what you were doing.

Keeping your bones, muscles, and joints healthy while you’re on the road can be a challenging task. Here are 8 tips to keep you in tip-top shape during your summer vacation:

  1. restRest – I’ve heard some people say that they need a day or two to recover after their vacation. Vacations are great fun, but they can also be exhausting. Start out the trip on the right foot by getting plenty of rest before you leave, and make sure you get appropriate sleep while you’re gone. A lack of sleep can lead to memory problems, a weakened immune system, increased stress levels, slower reflexes, and poor judgement. Caffeine and other stimulants cannot overcome the effects of sleep deprivation, and a lack of sleep typically increases pain responses as well.
  1. Eat Breakfast & Stay Hydrated – Poor nutrition and hydration has the same impact on the body as lack of sleep. If you are traveling by air, dehydration also exaggerates jet lag and makes you more likely to experience a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of pulmonary embolism (PE). Good nutrition habits both before and during your travel experience will help you maintain energy and improve your brain power so you can better enjoy and recover from your trip.
  1. Watch Your Posture – Make sure you are sitting comfortably with your hips all the way back to the corner of the seat. Position the seat around a 100-degree angle, use full back support and the headrest to keep you ears above your shoulders, and consider using the lumbar support. If you are driving, stay close enough to the steering wheel that you don’t have to reach substantially to steer the wheel, which will eventually cause your back to slouch and your head to fall forward, a posture that will contribute to neck pain, back pain, and headaches. Use cruise control on straight roads so that you can pump your ankles and reduce lower extremity swelling
  1. Wear Compression Stockings – If you have ever noticed swelling in your feet while traveling, consider compression stockings to further reduce lower extremity swelling. At a minimum, wear socks that will provide some compression to the feet and lower legs.
  1. Get Out and Move – To increase blood flow and refresh yourself, get out and walk around for a minute or two at least once every hour if you are traveling by car. If you are in an airplane, walk the aisle. You may need to take a break every 20 to 30 minutes if you have a history of back pain or other issues. This is good for your muscles and joints, and it also reduces the chances of developing a DVT or PE. It is also wise to maintain your normal exercise routine as much as possible during your trip.
  1. Stretch – Before you leave and while you travel, you can perform some simple stretches or active movements. During your trip, performing pelvic tilts is a good way to keep your back feeling well. Briefly press your low back into the seat behind you followed by arching the lower back away from the seat. Repeat several times. Any active movement that creates blood flow is a good thing. Performing these movements in your seat at least once between each episode of getting up and moving around is a great habit. If you want some practical examples of stretches you can do before you leave and during your rest breaks, click on this link.
  1. Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing – Loose clothing made from breathable fabrics will keep you cool and limit the restrictions in blood flow that make it more likely that you will experience swelling in your extremities.
  1. Breathe – Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen content in your bloodstream, which positively contributes to your tissue health. Take a deep breath in through your nose to fill your lungs over the course of about three seconds. After a brief pause, exhale through pursed lips to completely empty your lungs. Repeat that pattern for three repetitions every half hour to revitalize yourself on the road.

roadtripTraveling with your family can be equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. Using these eight simple techniques will help ensure your trip will be memorable for the right reasons.

It is still possible that you may experience some aches and pains even when you choose to use healthy habits while traveling. If that is the case for you, don’t hesitate to contact us at 866-588-0230 to schedule a free injury screen so that you can get answers immediately from one of our movement experts that will eliminate your problem once and for all.

Safe travels!

P.S. If you’re wanting to do a last minute summer vacation but not sure where to go, check out our Top 10 Tested & Approved Vacation Destinations!

Wednesday August 1, 2018


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Discouragement. It’s available in plenty these days, isn’t it? Even in small town Iowa, tornadoes recently wreaked havoc on homes and businesses and news of a missing girl and increasing sex trafficking in Iowa is flooding social media channels. And if that’s not enough, there’s always potential glitches with people, work, health, or money to knock you down a notch if you weren’t already.

That’s why HOPE is so important.

Have you ever read that poem by Emily Dickinson? I remember first reading it during my junior year of high school and being so struck by the analogy of hope to a bird. If you haven’t already, check it out:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all -

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

Our mission at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy is to transform lives and restore HOPE through movement. These seven words poured from my lips during our rebranding a little over three years ago after hours of research, hundreds of client surveys and interviews, an entire team training day, an owner’s meeting discussion, and prayer.

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And as soon as they were spoken, a knowing peace transcended over the table of owners who surrounded me. Because despite the fact that this was a “new mission” for us, the truth was that this had been the heart of this company since its start.

We live in a world in desperate need of hope. In each of our communities, we know there are countless amounts of people who are feeling discouraged or fearful. Discouraged by the way they can’t roll out of bed like they used to. Fearful of how an injury is preventing them from playing a sport they love. Scared by the lack of progress they’re feeling after surgery. Disheartened by the way another health provider dismissed their concerns or didn’t take time to listen to them.

Physical Therapist AmesSo our mission is to share and spread hope like wild fire.  To listen first to how that foot pain is keeping you from shopping with your daughter and then share what we can do to lessen or eliminate that pain. To understand that your back pain not only causes excruciating pain but also how it causes you to miss out on things like picking up your grandchild or taking that bucket list road trip.

You see, we believe it’s through listening that we understand the source of your discouragement and pain. And it’s only after we understand the source of the problem that we share a solution for restoring your hope.

While I never thought I’d work for a physical therapy company (and love it) due to my dislike of science and most things medical, I’m so proud to be part of Kinetic Edge because it has this mission at its heart. And behind the hope our team provides through restored movement and function, I also know that many of my teammates are using these skills simply as a guise to further Christ’s Kingdom. Because like me, many of us at Kinetic Edge believe that there’s a deeper and everlasting hope we can provide for people when given the chance to tell them about Jesus.

So whether it’s pain in your body, tornado devastation, a failing friendship, or anything in between that has you feeling discouraged, my hope for you is this: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

After all, “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” (Robert Ludlum)

In an effort to continue acting on our mission and celebrate the way it’s impacted our communities thus far, we’re hosting a Client Appreciation Pizza Party on August 30 from 5-7 PM in each of our clinic’s communities. This year marks our 20th year of business so please make plans to come celebrate with us on August 30! And if you’re in need of another little bit of hope, our team will be available at the event to speak with you. Find out more at

Wednesday August 1, 2018


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0818 Sunrise AdDid you hear that this year marks our 20th year in business? We’ve been doing things all year to celebrate, and we’re keeping the celebration going on August 30 with a pizza party in the park!

If you are a past or present client, we invite you to come enjoy a free meal and evening of fun at the park with your family! This is just one more way of saying thanks for being part of the Kinetic Edge community and making our 20 years in business possible!


Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 5-7 PM



Ames – Brookside Park’s Maple Shelter, 1325 6th St.

Centerville – Morgan Cline City Park, West Lane Street

Des Moines – Gray’s Lake, 2101 Fleur Drive

Newton – Aurora Heights Park, 2111 1st Ave. E

Oskaloosa – Kinetic Edge Clinic, 1412 A Avenue W.

Pella – Caldwell Park, 101 Pool Drive


In addition to this night off from cooking, we hope you’ll enjoy family friendly activities, such as inflatables, yard games, face painting, door prizes and more. Our team will also be around and available to talk with you about any current movement problems you’re dealing with.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to get location specific details and activities!

PS – In April, we hosted our first ever Free Screen Day in honor of our 20th anniversary and people LOVED it! Since we’ve been asked to host this event again, we’re planning to offer another FULL DAY OF FREE SCREENS in October. Watch for more information to come in the coming months!

Sunday July 1, 2018


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Heel Pain: What You Need to Do to Eliminate It!

Have you ever experienced heel pain? Then you know how difficult it can be taking the first few steps when you get out of bed in the morning. If you’ve experienced this, you’re not alone. Up to 10% of adults experience this condition at some point in their lives.

The most common type of heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis, an injury to connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia (PF) runs from the inside side of the bottom of the heel and extends down the length of the foot connecting to the toes.  The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot, especially from just before your foot comes off the ground during walking.

As the foot lands on the ground, the foot pronates, which allows the foot to adapt to the surface. This causes the arch to lower or experience a stretch under the weight of the body. Immediately after that load is experienced, the heel lifts while the big toe extends, which allows the foot to propel the body forward. However, this increases tension on the plantar fascia. If that strain is excessive or overly repetitive, it can produce the clinical symptoms known as plantar fasciitis as fibers of the plantar fascia slightly tear from the connection on the heel.

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If your heel or arch is painful, there are many things that can be done to make the tissue feel better – stretching, icing, arch supports, manual therapy, injections, medication, and modalities (i.e. ultrasound). Unfortunately, none of these treatments fix the root problem, and the symptoms are prone to return.

So what do you need to do to eliminate heel pain for good?

It’s as simple as this. Get an examination from a health care professional that understands how the function of other areas in the body can contribute to increased stress on the plantar fascia. This expert will look at the entire leg on the side of the pain, the opposite side leg, and even the trunk/core.

In the “same side leg”, the suspects are those dysfunctions that allow excessive pronation of the foot, or prevent the supination of the foot, which may be poor ankle joint motion, a tight calf muscle group, and/or weak buttock muscles.

In the “opposite side leg”, the causes of plantar fasciitis are conditions that prevent proper push off of that leg, which include poor ankle motion, tight calf muscle group, limited hip extension, and/or painful or limited big toe extension.

Heel Pain In walking, and especially running, the buttock muscles support the legs, which allows for a mobile but stable pelvis.  If the core muscles are not lengthened and activated, the pelvis will not have mobile stability. This can be determined by looking for weak abdominal muscles, loss of upper back motion, and even neck muscle fatigue and/or tightness.

If you’ve had heel pain and the treatments you received haven’t led to long-term relief, consider visiting the heel pain experts at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy. Without an analysis that is looking to determine the root cause of plantar fasciitis, the permanent solution will not be found. You need a health care professional that can treat both the symptoms and the primary cause.

If you would like to learn more about successful treatment strategies for heel pain, contact our clinic today at 866-588-0230 to claim one of the 10 slots we’ve set aside to provide free screens for people with heel pain. Call today! They won’t last long.


Sunday July 1, 2018


Marjie Rinehart Shrimp Boil

How to Host a Shrimp Boil

Provided by Marjie Rinehart

Shrimp boil shopping list: Serves 10-12

2 Zatarian’s Crab “n” Shrimp boil in bags

½ Bottle Zatarian’s Crab “n” Shrimp boil oil

1 Cup salt

3-4 Large onions peeled and quartered

2 Lemons cut in half

6-10 Whole ears of corn cut in half

3 lbs. Kielbasa cut into 2-inch pieces

3 lbs. Large raw shrimp in shell (about 25 per pound)

2 Whole bulbs of garlic, unpeeled with top sliced off

18-24 Small red potatoes

Freezer paper


Spicy mustard

Cocktail Sauce

2 Baguettes slices into 1-inch slices

1 Thirty-four-quart turkey fryer with strainer basket that reaches almost to the top


  • Bring water to a boil in a covered pot with large strainer basket (fill pot ¾ full)
  • Add garlic, Zatarain’s spice bags, Zatarian’s oil, and salt. Boil for 15 minutes.
  • Add potatoes. Boil for 7-8 minutes.
  • Add corn. Boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add kielbasa. Boil for 8 minutes
  • Squeeze lemons into the pot and throw them in along with the onions. Boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add shrimp. Boil for about 5 minutes or until shrimp turns pink.

If you don’t want to eat right away, turn off the heat, pour a bag of ice into the pot and let sit for 15 minutes, drain and pour onto table. Or you can turn off the heat, lift the basket out of the pot, allow to drain. Immediately pour onto your table covered in freezer paper (shiny side up). Spread sliced baguettes down the table. Serve with butter, mustard, and cocktail sauce. Encourage guests to squeeze cloves of garlic onto the corn and potatoes.

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