Sisters Athletic Club
FEATURED CLUB MEMBER
Angela moved to Sisters in 2011 all the way from Eagle Crest in Redmond. She and her husband previously spent 30 years in SanDiego. Throughout her life she has moved a total of 38 times but expects their location in Sisters to be a permanent one. Angela is an Air Force veteran who served from 1972 to 1976. She raised two children currently ages 27 and 37 and worked as a medical transcriptionist from home in order to spend more time with her family. She has two grandchildren ages 6 and 3 years old who live in Alabama. Her family also has a strong military background as her husband (fellow member David) was in the Navy and her son is in the Army National Guard of Oregon. Angela came skiing in Sunriver in the 80s and decided to make Central Oregon their retirement location. Angela learned to knit at the Stichin’ Post. She enjoys all that C.O. has to offer including hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, camping and feeding the deer with her garden. We chose Angela as our member of the month because she always comes into the Club with a huge smile on her face. Her positive attitude towards life is infectious. Her message to her grandchildren is “you are brave, you are smart and you are strong”. This is something she carries with her through her own life and gives her such a wonderful outlook. We enjoy seeing Angela and her smile every morning and are thrilled to have her as a member of SAC!
Wishing you and your family a safe a Happy Thanksgiving!
FEATURED STAFF MEMBER
Andrew is a college graduate with a degree in exercise science and a minor in health. He was a two-sport NCAA athlete in track and football at Western Oregon University. He spent time as a collegiate track coach as the head of the sprint and hurdles groups at Adrian College in Adrian MI. He was also the strength and conditioning coordinator for the track team. On the side he taught a beginning weight training course and was an assistant manager of the health and wellness center. After his time as a coach he taught group exercise and ran a bootcamp in his hometown of Canby, OR. Andrew will be doing personal training and teaching exercise classes here at the Club. He is currently heading up our evening spin class and Wednesday morning Body Sculpt Class. His experience provides him with a well rounded approach to any fitness goal. Whether someone is looking to be an elite athlete, or just shed some weight and be more fit, he has the knowledge from his education and the experience to serve anyone. Andrew grew up in Canby Oregon and loves to live an active lifestyle. When he is not in the Club you can usually find him riding his bike, running and hiking on local trails, or snowboarding. He stays active and competitive in triathlons, cycling, and running events. Aside from being active Andrew likes to cook fresh, healthy, and delicious meals in his kitchen.
Wednesday the 21st: 5am to 3pm
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
Friday the 23rd: 7am to 3pm
It is once again time to register for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Saturday December 1st. Let’s make this year the biggest team yet! Registration forms are available at the front desk and all proceeds from the event benefit the Arthritis Foundation. It is a really fun event and a great way to support a great cause so come on out and join the fun…oh, and don’t forget your elf suit! If your elf shoes are too tight and you are unable to walk or run you can still join our team in order to make a donation to a great cause.
Matt Kirchoff, DPT
Vertigo is complex condition caused by miscommunication between the vestibular, visual and somatosensory systems. It is characterized by a spinning sensation where an individual can perceive themselves or their environment rotating. Studies estimate that vertigo affects over 90 million people worldwide. There are several known causes of vertigo, which range from viral infections to more chronic conditions such as Ménière’s Disease.
Depending upon symptom severity, vertigo has historically been treated by both invasive and conservative interventions. Invasive interventions typically include surgical procedures or prescription of vestibular suppressant drugs. However, due to the significant side effects associated with these invasive procedures, many patients seek a more conservative approach in managing their symptoms.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a type of physical therapy designed to promote habituation and compensation for deficits associated with vestibular pathologies. VRT programs are tailored to individual patients, and often include a combination of vestibular ocular reflex (VOR), balance, and gait exercises. Numerous studies indicate that VRT can be effective for individuals in the treatment of vestibular and balance disorders.
One type of vertigo that is particularly treatable in the outpatient physical therapy setting is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is characterized by repeated episodes of positional vertigo that are caused by changes in head position. It is the most common disorder of the vestibular system affecting up to 21% of all patients with vertigo. BPPV is caused by the displacement of calcium crystals (otoconia) in the inner ear from the utricle into one of three semi-circular canals. This results in abnormal displacement of the fluid within the inner ear resulting in short duration episodes of vertigo associated with changes in head position.
The Epley maneuver is a canalith repositioning technique used to treat BPPV by moving the displaced otoconia from the semi-circular canals back into the utricle. Research indicates that when performed correctly this treatment can be 90-97% effective in resolving the symptoms associated with BPPV. Unlike many treatment modalities in physical therapy the Epley maneuver oftentimes yields instant gratification for most patients resulting immediate relief of their symptoms. However, some patients experience some residual symptoms secondary to overcompensation of the vestibular system. These individuals are instructed in habituation and visual tracking exercises in order to recalibrate the vestibular system. Additionally, patients are educated in how to take themselves through the Epley maneuver independently to address any future episodes of vertigo.
Matt Kirchoff, DPT, a physical therapist at Therapeutic Associates at the Sisters Athletic Club has taken continuing education in the evaluation and treatment of vestibular and balance disorders. If you experience dizziness or vertigo with change in position or have experienced falls you may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation therapy.
Know anyone looking for office space? Space is available for rent upstairs next to the Physical Therapy and Acupuncture offices. Tenants receive FREE membership to the Club.
Contact Tate for details.