‘Where goals become reality’
A wall decal in the Backstrom Physical Therapy’s exercise room reads, “Where Goals Become Reality.”
“That’s my slogan,” said clinic owner Jordan Backstrom, DPT. Backstrom opened his practice in the First International Bank building October 15, and he described the response from the local community as “great.”
“It’s been really fun the community support, and everyone that’s been here we had the big grand opening last week, and we had a good showing,” he noted, as mylar balloons from his ribbon-cutting still floated in the front office window.
Backstrom, whose office is open Monday Friday from 8 a.m. – 5p.m., said he offers general physical therapy services. Ages for the patients he treats range “from babies all the way up to the geriatric population,” he said.
“We work with people who have any type of pain neck pain, back pain, sciatica, pains in the legs anywhere from pain to post-surgery rehabilitation after knee surgery, hip or shoulder surgery. We also work on balance for people with balance problems, vestibular problems and vertigo,” he added.
Backstrom said he also treats sports and work-related injuries.
Treatments offered include therapeutic exercises, and what Backstrom referred to as “manual therapy techniques including joint mobilization, joint manipulation, soft tissue work, deep tissue work and myofascial release.” Backstrom added, “I’ve been certified in trigger-point dry needling. That’s a newer type of treatment.”
Backstrom said people sometimes confuse trigger-point dry needling with acupuncture, but “It’s totally different from acupuncture.”
“The only thing it has in common with acupuncture is the use of needles. But acupuncture is an eastern medicine developed by the Chinese. They have their own reasons for using it the yin and the yang and getting the chi in the body restored,” he said.
“Trigger point dry needling started with doctors doing injections in tight muscles,” Backstrom explained. “They’d inject a bit of lidocaine in the muscle, but then they found out it wasn’t so much anything they were injecting as going into the muscle with the needle and disrupting the tight muscle, and that’s what was helping the muscle relax.”
Backstrom said when he received training in the therapy, he was initially one of only a handful of practitioners in North Dakota to offer it.
“Now, I know there are more (practitioners), especially in the bigger towns, but I know around here even Minot doesn’t necessarily have anybody that I know of. They may now, but in the past, I’ve had people come from Minot for it.”
In addition to providing therapies, Backstrom said he makes sure to educate his patients so they understand their conditions, and how they can heal.
“There’s research showing the more that’s explained to them, the more they understand, and the better their outcomes are going to be,” he noted.
Backstrom said his physical therapy practice accepts all major health insurance.
The Maddock native said he “grew up coming to Rugby” and started practicing physical therapy at Heart of America Medical Center after graduating from the University of Mary with a doctorate in physical therapy. He said he did undergraduate work at Valley City State University, double majoring in health sciences and biology.
“I grew up on a farm, and had an entrepreneurial spirit in me, so that’s how this got going,” Backstrom said of his decision to branch out on his own.
“It’s been really fun starting my own clinic here,” he added, “And I’d like to send a thank you for all the support that I’ve received so far, and the beautiful building that we’re in the First International Bank was great in helping me to get going, and helping out with whatever’s needed.
“I look forward to continuing to do more to serve the community through physical therapy.”
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