Penrose Physical Therapy
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Sep 2017
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose
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Jul 2017
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

What to do about “soft bones” or osteoporosis.

Were you told by your doctor to increase your impact and weight lifting exercises and yet don’t do anything too strenuous or you might suffer a fracture?  Did you leave the office confused wondering what you should and shouldn’t do? We hear that story all the time.  We don’t fault the doctors; the healthcare system no longer has the ability to allow lengthy conversations about how to manage osteopenia or osteoporosis. We can help you understand what you can do to stay mobile and independent and set up a successful long term approach to this diagnosis.  The most important thing is to learn how to move without creating a fracture.   Softening of the bones in the spine are very susceptible to fracturing.   You need to learn how to bend over without bending your back!  Think of all the every day activities that bend that upper back: putting on socks and shoes, getting dressed, getting in and out of a car, emptying the dishwasher, making your bed, cleaning, cooking, and the list goes on.  You need to do those things without bending the spine especially the upper back or thoracic spine.  We can help you learn how to move correctly and safely. At Penrose Physical Therapy we want to help those age 45+ to minimize their risk for fracture and set up a successful posture program that actually will increase your height!  No, we don’t claim to cause you to grow but most of the time the rounded upper back posture, slouching, and forward… Read More
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Apr 2017
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose
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Mar 2017
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose
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Feb 2017
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose
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Feb 2017
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

What to do about that aching pain in my neck and shoulders?

Most of the time the ache in our neck and shoulders is from overuse of those muscles. Are you sitting up with good posture at your computer? Do you carry your bag repeatedly on one side with considerable weight in it? Do you use the "arm rests" on your chair to rest your arms and decrease the tension in your neck and shoulders? Is the monitor at the right height so you are not leaning forward or bending your neck too far down? All of those posture issues can create neck and shoulder pain. Read More
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Jan 2017
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose
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Jan 2017
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose
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Dec 2016
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Runner’s Workshops

Dr. Penrose enjoys teaching the running community how to prevent injuries with the STRONG body workshop. "Most runners lack strength in at least one muscle group, as well as in their neuromuscular pathways, the lines of communication between brain and body," says Jay Dicharry, M.P.T., the director of the REP biomechanics lab at Rebound Physical Therapy in Bend, Oregon, and author of Anatomy for Runners. Read More
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Dec 2016
Chris Edwards
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Chris Edwards

Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring strains and injuries are among the most common acute musculoskeletal injury in the United States. Athletes who participate in track and field, soccer, and football are especially prone to these injuries given the sprinting demands of these sports. Protecting yourself from hamstring strains isn’t rocket science. Use these five exercises to prehab or rehab your hamstrings to avoid pain and injuries while also improving performance. Read More
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Nov 2016
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Olympia Turkey Trot 4 Mile Race

Guerilla Running does a wonderful job putting on a 4 mile Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Olympia, WA. Penrose & Associates is proud to sponsor this race and provide swag bags. Read More
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Nov 2016
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Attention Clenchers and Grinders

Headaches. Pain in the jaw and neck. Popping or cracking sounds in the ear. These are just a few of the uncomfortable symptoms of TMJ. TMJ disorders — a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD — can cause pain in your jaw joint (one on each side) and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Read More

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