We are collaborating with North Central Michigan College to teach sessions in their Wellness Series of Life Long Learning Club.

Next session:

Thursday, June 13 at 12 noon  Click here to register 

Shoulder Pain: What is it, and how do I get rid of it, with Jim Leland DPT, OCS 

Learn about the main causes of shoulder pain,  interventions to deal with it, and what you can do to take control of your pain and improve your function.

Monday, September 30 at 12 noon  Click here to register

Current Considerations in Hip and Knee Replacement.  Presenters: Dr. Josh Anderson, MD and Jeff Samyn PT, OCS, CSCS 

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Josh Anderson and physical therapist Jeff Samyn will educate you about the current best practices related to total hip and total knee replacement surgery and the new standard of care in recovery. 

Thursday, December 12  at 12 noon  Click here to register

Strategies to Prevent Falls With Jeff Samyn 

Learn about the main causes of falls in the over 50 population,  how to prevent, and how to help your friends and family do the same.

Click the links to watch the presentation. 

Thursday, April 11th

NMSMC Tips and Tricks to Manage Back and Neck Pain With Jeff Samyn 

Learn about the main causes of neck and back pain,  interventions to deal with them, and what you can do to take control of your pain and improve your function.

December 20th

Setting meaningful New Year’s Goals

If you’ve set goals around the New Year and found your efforts dwindling by February, this presentation is for you. You will learn how to set specific, meaningful goals that will ensure traction throughout the year.

November 21st

Minimize aches and pains during holiday travel –Don’t let going over the hills and through the woods create aches and pains that last for months. You’ll learn steps you can take to make traveling over the holidays as body-friendly as possible.

October 10th

Fall prevention strategies for the upcoming winter  Winter is coming! There are numerous ways to reduce your fall risk when the ice and snow comes, and now is the time to start.

September 12th

Making Behavior Changes Stick – Learn how to set yourself up for success when trying to set goals and change behaviors. Whether your goal is to change your eating habits, be more active, or 20 books next year, you will learn strategies to make achievable goals and stick to them.

July 19th

What is Arthritis and What Can I Do About It? Presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

This presentation will cover the different types of arthritis and what can be done to help prevent and mange it.

June 21st

FAQ’s About Body Aches and Pains – Presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Why do my knees creak? Should I push through an aching back while I’m gardening? What is this bump in my tendon? You’ll gain insight on these and other topics during this informative session that will feature numerous questions commonly posed to physical therapists.

May 12th

Was Your Mother Right About Your Posture? with Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS  

A presentation on how sitting and standing postures influence how our bodies feel and function.

April 21st

Strategies for a Pain-Free Spring with Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Learn what you can do to reduce the aches and pains that come with gardening and spring cleaning after winter hibernation.

Monday March 6th

“Turn Your Brittle Back into a Strong Spine”. Presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS. Learn how to stay active and feel better when you’ve been dealing with neck or back pain.

December 5th

Fall Reduction Strategies in the Winter Guy Beachnau, PT, DPT – As the days are shorter and the sidewalks icy, the first few months of the year are a high risk for falls.  Learning balance and safety strategies can help keep you active and outside, even in the cold.

Monday January 16

Lifespan vs. Healthspan- Can you still play on the floor?  Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Learn that lifespan and healthspan aren’t necessarily the same thing, but are definitely related. Hear ideas about how to maximize both, with an emphasis on getting the most health out of your years after the age of 50.

October 5th

“Knee pain, Can’t Live with it any longer.” –  Tanya Ruddy, PT, MPT, MTC Discover the benefits of physical therapy to treat your knee pain.

October 12th

“Have a Happy Healthy Harvest & Hunting Season” – Sarah Howard, PTA, will discuss the importance of strength endurance training and cardiovascular health as it relates to hunting and harvesting.

September 12th

Prepare Your Body for Winter Activities   by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Whether being active in the winter means outdoor walks on snowy trails or schussing down a mountain to you, we’ve got the info you need to stay active and injury-free.

July  18

“Have you had an episode of sudden-onset low back pain and didn’t know what to do?” presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Then this presentation is for you. Learn how to get yourself back to normal as quickly as possible after you tweak your low back. We’ll also discuss dealing with sudden aches and pains at other body regions to help get you back in action.”

June 1st 

Tips to prevent common gardening injuries as we age from a physical therapist.”  presented by Cathy Ingalls, PT, DPT,GCS, CEEAA   

After the never-ending winter weather that the Midwest is known for, I think it’s important to think warm thoughts. As temperatures start to climb, many people are going to be getting out in their yards and gardens. Although gardening can be therapeutic in itself, it’s also an easy way for injuries to pop up.

May 25, 2022 

Tips to ensure you have an injury free Golf season.” presented by Tanya Ruddy, PT, MPT, MTC               

If you’re a golfer, the last thing you want is to be sidelined by an injury after being out of action because of winter weather. As you know, golf is a game that involves dynamic, athletic movement that combines neurological and musculoskeletal dexterity. If you want to be in top form this season, it’s time to pay attention to your body.

April 18, 2022 

How Exercise Can Improve Chronic Pain  – presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Discover how the right kind of exercise can help you gain control over chronic pain, regardless of where or why it started. We’ll explore the neuroscience behind your pain and provide helpful guidance to reduce your pain.

February 7, 2022

“Getting rid of shoulder pain once and for all. – Presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Learn how to improve your shoulder mobility and get rid of the aches and pain that tend to become more prevalent after the age of 50.

February 16, 2022

STAYING VERTICAL:  Balance and Fall Reduction – Presented by Sarah Howard, PTA                                            

An over view of what balance is, how it can be affected by different things. How to improve balance to reduce falls and how to reduce fall risk in the home.

January 12, 2022

How to keep your New Year’s Fitness Resolution – Presented by Heather Beaudoin, PT, DPT

It’s the New Year, and you’ve probably thought about or even decided on some goals to be a healthier you. Are you the person who has great intentions, but doesn’t always stick to their resolutions after a week or a month into the year? Let this be the year that you get (and keep!) a fitness streak. This presentation will review research-based strategies for meaningful goal setting to improve your physical fitness, health apps and resources to help keep you on track, and baseline fitness metrics for people over 50 years old.

January 19, 2022

Arthritis Tool Box – Presented by Tanya Ruddy, PT, MTP, MTC  click link to watch

Do your knees make noise or talk to you, or do you hear a crack of your fingers with every attempt to open a jar? Chances are that you aren’t going to realize just how much you rely on your joints to perform up to par until you are experiencing regular joint pain. Arthritis is one of the leading causes of joint pain, and this means that pain in the ankles, knees, elbows and hips can happen to just about anyone. Join us to discover tips to help manage your arthritis and pain.

November 17, 2021

How To Get Strong and Stay Strong. Weightlifting for people over 40. 

Many individuals fear they are too old to get into weight training, but this is not the case at all. With some proper information and planning, it is perfectly possible for you to make dramatic increases in your fitness level, improving the way you look at feel at the same time.
Presented by Tanya Ruddy, PT, MPT MTC

November 29, 2021

Do you have a stiff neck? Tips for Relieving Neck and Shoulder Pain

Whether your neck pain is from a chronic condition or you just woke up with some stiffness, join us as we explore tips to help you experience less pain. Presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

October 13, 2021

Maintaining your heath during a Pandemic 
October 6, 2021
“How to Reduce Body Pain While Driving” 

September 20, 2021

Have you started your body’s 401K? 

Presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

It’s never too early to work on making sure your body can handle everything you’re looking forwards to in retirement.

August 16th, 2021 

Ins and Outs of Managing Hip Pain. Presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Physical therapist Jeff Samyn will discuss some of the most common problems associated with the hip joint. He will discuss the cause of various hip aches and pains like arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. Jeff will give an overview of different interventions available to treat the hip joint and will also present various strengthening and stretching exercises to optimize function of the lower body in general, and the hip in particular.

July 29th, 2021

Osteoporosis and Exercise presented by Cathy Ingalls PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Osteoporosis can develop in both men and women and often can be debilitating for individuals. If you have osteoporosis and wonder how exercise can help protect your bones, please join us for this lecture series discussion. Learn how you can take a preventative roll with exercise to minimize the damaging effects of osteoporosis.

June 9th , 2021 

Back pain? What’s to blame?  We’ve got your Back!  Presented by Tanya Ruddy, MPT, MTC

We’ll discuss causes and treatments, and when to see a physical therapist. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives.  Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain.

 May 20, 2021

Steadiness, Stamina, and Strength Presented by Austin Pearson, PT, DPT

Learn how to regain what you may have lost over the last year. Discover how to regain what you may have lost over the last year in terms of physical fitness.

May 5, 2021

Balance is the key to life and independence! Reducing your fall risk!Presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Discover how improving your balance will reduce the chances of falling and increase your independence. We will discuss the various reasons why people fall, how this changes as we age, and talk about simple ways to reduce your fall risk.”

March 25, 2021 – 

Knee Pain, I can’t Live with it Anymore! Presented by Karin Leland, PT, DPT

What to do when knee pain stops you from your daily life? Discover the benefits of physical therapy for treatment to relieve your knee pain. Time to get moving again.

March 15, 2021

The Importance of Maintaining Muscle Mass as We Age. Presented by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

In the past several years, numerous studies have found that people with higher muscle strength are less likely to lose their independence than their weaker peers. According to the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, “Muscle mass decreases approximately 3–8% per decade after the age of 30 and this rate of decline is even higher after the age of 60”. We will discuss the correlation between maintaining your independence and performance as you age

March 8, 2021

Tips to Keep a Healthy Posture for Life Presented by Tanya Ruddy, MPT, MTC

What is good posture? How does it affect the body? We will answer all these questions and more. You will learn the do’s and don’ts plus some good tips to remind you of good posture throughout your day.

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