Encore Rehabilitation Physical Therapists attend McKenzie Method Course

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Encore Rehabilitation Physical Therapists recently attended the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® course, Cervical and Thoracic Spine. This was Part B of a 4-part series to become a McKenzie Method Creditialled Clinician (Cred. MDT). Therapists seeking Creditialled status must complete all four parts of the coursework, demonstrate hands-on application, and pass a comprehensive exam.

We are proud of these Physical Therapists for their dedication to learning how to give the finest care possible to their patients.
Encore Rehabilitation Clinics represented at this course:

Encore Rehabilitation-Athens, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Clanton, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Daphne, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Decatur, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation at DeKalb Regional Medical Center, Fort Payne, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Fairhope, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Foley, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Gordo, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Hayden, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Inverness, Birmingham, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Mobile Midtown, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Pike Road, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Priceville, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation at Rehab Center of South Mississippi, Biloxi, Mississippi
Encore Rehabilitation-Russellville, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Saraland, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation at Summerford Nursing and Rehab Center, Falkville, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner, Mobile, Alabama
Encore Rehabilitation-Vernon, Alabama


What is the McKenzie Method?

According to the McKenzie Institute International, “the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is an internationally acclaimed method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity pain developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. It has been widely used all over the world for more than 30 years. MDT clinicians are trained to assess and diagnose all areas of the musculoskeletal system. That means that if a problem exists in or around the spine, joint or muscle, an MDT evaluation may be appropriate. MDT is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by clinicians and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. This approach continues to be one of the most researched physical therapy based methods available.”

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“How to Start a Running Program” by Andrea Bowens, DPT, OCS, Encore Inverness Clinic.

“Happy New Year! Have you made New Year’s resolutions to be more active this year? Do you want to start running and don’t know where to begin? Running has many benefits to your overall health and well-being. First, participating in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise like running, can boost mood, energy, and improve quality of sleep. Secondly, running at a moderate pace not only helps burn calories during exercise but also contributes to an “afterburn” effect, during which the body continues to burn calories for a period of time after the run is completed. Lastly, impactful exercise like running will help to prevent bone loss in the lower extremities, which can be a health concern for older adults.

While there are numerous benefits to exercise, inadequate shoe wear, training, and mechanics can increase your risk for injury. When beginning an exercise program it is important to start by selecting a pair of shoes that is made for your type of foot. Local running shoe stores are a great place to start when trying to determine if you need a shoe with more structure, cushion, or need a specific type of insert due to your foot posture. Additionally, experts in running recommend replacing your shoes every 300-500 miles. Don’t underestimate the value of a good running shoe in keeping you injury free!

The next step to beginning a running program is to ease into the exercise to allow your body to adapt to the new demands. If you are beginning exercise for the first time or after a long break, begin with walking and slowly increase your distance over time. Also, it is beneficial to begin performing strengthening exercises, especially for the core and hips, to help prevent injury caused by weakness or muscle imbalances. Once you have increased your endurance and overall fitness with walking and strength training, your body is now better prepared to begin running. Begin with interval walking and running and then gradually increase the run time and decrease the walk time over the course of several weeks. Once you can run continuously for 20-30 minutes, then it is appropriate to start increasing your distance and then pace. Online resources, such as Runner’s World, have articles and training programs that can help develop a program for you and your running goals. Set realistic goals for yourself so that you can achieve them without suffering a setback due to injury.

Improper running mechanics can lead to injuries in runners over time. Overuse injuries, which occur in both novice and elite runners, can become a nagging problem and often sideline a runner for a period of time. This is where a physical therapist can be of value to you. Physical therapists can evaluate your flexibility, strength, alignment, and movement patterns. A comprehensive evaluation by a physical therapist will help determine factors that may lead to inefficiencies in running form or abnormal mechanics, thus leading to injury. If you do suffer an injury, consider being evaluated by a physical therapist who can devise a program specific to your body and injury. Take caution with performing generic exercise routines found online because there are often other individual factors contributing to an injury. For further reading on injury prevention with running and specific types of running injuries, visit the American Physical Therapy Association’s website for patients at’

Inverness Clinic Athlete of the Month, WIlliam Moore.

WIlliam Moore

Congratulations to the Inverness Clinic Encore Athlete of the Month, William Moore. William is a aspiring, sophomore, athlete at Westminster in Birmingham, AL. He is a member of the Knight’s soccer team and his hobbies include watching movies, playing Xbox, and of course, playing soccer. William is an Alabama fan and hopes to play soccer in college after he graduates. William is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth David Moore.  Keep up the good work, William!

Inverness Encore Athlete of the Month, Nicole Galvin.

Nicole Galvin

Congratulations to the Inverness Encore Athlete of the Month, Nicole Galvin! Nicole is a junior at John Carroll High School and a forward on the girls soccer team. She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters and favorite subject in school is math. Nicole plans to attend Auburn University after she graduates high school. Good luck during soccer season, Nicole! Keep up the good work!

Inverness Encore Athlete of the Month, Rodney Anderson.

Rodney Anderson

Congratulations to the Inverness Encore Athlete of the Month, Rodney Anderson! Rodney is a Senior at Spain Park High School and is a member of the baseball team. He plays multiple positions including first base & pitcher. After high school he would like to attend the University of Alabama. His favorite sports team is the Boston Red Sox. Rodney is the son of Rachel & Rodney Anderson. Good luck during baseball season next year, Rodney, keep up the good work!

Inverness Encore Athlete of the Month, Jordan DeSantis.

Congratulations to Inverness’ Encore Athlete of the Month, Jordan DeSantis of Spain Park High School. Jordan is a 16 year old Junior and plays outside hitter on the Spain Park volleyball team. She has been a member of the team since she was a freshman. At volleyball camp, Jordan tore her meniscus and ACL in her left knee but didn’t let that stop her from playing the sport she loves! Jordan is also a member of the Church of the Highlands and Asbury United Methodist youth groups, and plans to attend Vanderbilt after high school. 

Thank you Letters

Encore Inverness Clinic:

“To: Marc, Elisabeth, Terri, Brian, Andrea and Lauren,

I just wanted to say thank you for everything y’all did for me.

My recovery went a lot smoother than it would have

without all of you. And believe me or not, I am going to miss

y’all! Thank you again!”


 Thank you letter to the Vice President and COO, Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. 

To Mr. Paige Plash,

“I would like to thank you for your support of the Alabama High

School Athletic Association’s Revenue Sharing Program.

Because of your generosity, we have been able to grow and improve

our athletics program. Thank you for helping to make a difference in the

lives of our student athletes.”


A Thank you letter we received after the snow storm in February, 2014:

To Management and Staff,

“We would like to express our gratitude to each of you for help during the

recent winter storm. My husband was a recipient of your gracious kindness…

He could not say enough about the demonstration of concern for all who

accepted invitation to escape the bitter, cold temps. We pray your efforts

 will be rewarded and we will be careful to tell friends and family

about Encore Rehabilitation, Inc.”