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Day: April 4, 2012

Therapy practice based on ‘Motion is Life’ philosophy

John Nored

Of the Keiertimes

A new physical therapy office has opened inside the Courthouse Athletic Club.

Capitol Physical and Hand Therapy opened in January inside the gym, located at 117 McNary Estates Drive.

Mike Nored, a board-certified orthopedic therapist, is leading the practice. In all its locations, the company has about 40 employees. The business has a presence in all five Courthouse locations. And while having all the exercise equipment one could need was a factor in locating the clinics inside the gyms, you don’t have to be a member to use the clinic.

A Keizer resident and native of Corvallis, Nored was clinic manager at Silverton-Mt. Angel Physical Therapy for 12-plus years, and has been in physical therapy for more than 30 years. He retired from the armed forces in 1999 as a lieutenant colonel, having served in both the U.S. Army and Air Force.

Still looking trim and fit, he’s not shy about sharing his secret.

“Motion is life,” Nored said. “When we move and we’re healthier, not only do you live longer, you live better and feel better.”

Nored sees his goal as more than helping patients get past whatever is bothering them at the moment – “to help people lead a healthy lifestyle after they leave here,” he said.

The clinic is set up to help with any musculoskeletal disorder, along with sports injuries, balance disorders and orthopedic issues. Primary treatment methods include manual therapy, seeking to restore and improve joint mobilization, providing exercise programs and patient education on ergonomics and posture. Nored in particular enjoys using manual therapy and functional exercise to treat spinal dysfunction and headaches.

“Besides trauma, posture is probably 80 percent of the precipitating cause of most musculoskeletal problems,” Nored said. “They don’t know what caused it. They can’t pinpoint why, when and what for, and when you start addressing posture it shows you.”

What he likes most about the job is that, most of the time, his patients get better.

He said his profession was much more limited when he started, and said continuing education helps him learn the latest in techniques and technology – “the toolbox gets bigger,” he said.

When not at work, Nored enjoys golf and power walking. He and his family live in Keizer. His undergraduate degree is from Oregon State University, and his graduate degree in physical therapy is from Baylor University.

Church reaches out to neighboring youth

A Keizer congregation is looking to give kids at a troubled apartment complex a hand up.

A member of the congregation at Outward Church of Keizer rented a unit at Clearview Apartments in southeast Keizer, which abuts Partridge Lane Apartments. The pair of adjacent complexes have taken more than their fair share of hits in the past few years: A drug-related homicide in 2009, a major fire in 2011 and, just this month, a drive-by shooting.

So now the apartment is becoming a refuge for children who live in the two complexes, including a homework club on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“They give them a snack, and when they’re done with their homework they take them outside and play foursquare, football, all that kind of good stuff,” said Pastor Matt Porter.

Porter said the goal was in part to occupy kids’ time. With idle hands comes opportunities to find trouble, he said.

“What really impressed me was how they have just created a relationship with these kids,” he added.

Jennifer Skipper said the concept began when she and a group from her church asked themselves a tough question: Were they really living how Jesus Christ commanded his followers to live?

“We heard (that) to seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the fatherless and go to those who are needy,” Skipper said. “We look at our lives and said, ‘We’re not doing that. We’re going in and out of church, yet our lives don’t look any different than anybody else’s.’”

Porter said that while there’s plenty of Keizer neighborhoods doing just fine, their focus on this group of apartments in southeast Keizer started with a conversation with police.

“They said it had quite a bit of violence going on (but) that group said we don’t care – we just want to go in there and help,” Porter said.

After reading about the apartment fire that destroyed four units, Skipper went there to find a manager and see what assistance Outward Church could offer. When that didn’t work, she took to the Internet. She found news accounts of shootings, gangs and violence.

“When we looked at that, we said, ‘That’s where Jesus would be.’”

Their presence, she said, has been well-received.

“There’s some really great people there that have had hard lives,” Skipper said. “… We just kind of hang out, meet people and listen to their hearts and encourage them.”