By JASON COX
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.