Introducing Ally Pearson PT, DPT

We’re so excited to introduce you to our new physical therapist, Ally Pearson PT, DPT. Ally began treating patients on December 12, 2022 and is available for appointments Monday through Friday.

Ally is originally from Vermont. In 2009, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. After college she worked in several physical therapy clinics which confirmed that she wanted to become a physical therapist. She later moved to Utah to attend the University of Utah where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2015.

Work History

While new to Thrive Physical Therapy, Ally practiced in the Treasure Valley for seven years before joining us. Ally’s career started out in a hospital based outpatient orthopedic clinic that exposed her to a wide variety of patients, diagnoses and conditions. After several years there, she realized there that she had an approach to patient care that needed more freedom to expand. Next, she spent two years in a wellness-based private practice where she continued to hone her manual skills as well as contribute to business and program development and other administrative tasks.

Ally’s practice has evolved over the years as she recognizes that we are physical, emotional, and energetic beings and in order to thrive we need to support all aspects of ourselves. Clinically she specializes in fascia, normalizing movement, and re-establishing foundational strength in order to help patients live the life they want. As a natural teacher, Ally loves using education as a way to empower you to care for your body. You are the expert of your body and she loves to supplement that with education backed by evidence. In addition to that – Ally will enthusiastically be there to celebrate your gains, both big and small!

Continuing Education, Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Physical Therapist in Idaho
  • Continuing education completed in topics such as:
    • Craniosacral therapy
    • Shoulder complex
    • Hip complex
    • Sacroiliac joint
    • Pregnancy and post-partum
    • Foot and ankle
  • CPR Certified

Personal Interests

Ally lives with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and a dog. She loves to garden, cycle (mountain and road), hike, ski, and explore the world with her girls.

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Happy Holidays 2022

As we come to the end of 2022, we want to take a moment to wish you and yours a warm, cozy, and healthy holiday season. Despite the busy-ness that creeps in this time of year, Mother Nature is nudging us to rest, recover and reflect. We hope you follow her lead and take the winter months to address your aches and pains, rehabilitate your injuries and move your body in nourishing ways.

With love and support,

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Can You Hop on One Foot?

Are you able to hop up and down on each foot 10 times without losing your balance? Go ahead, stand up and give it a try. If you can do this on both sides, congratulations, you’re well prepared to run through an intersection, jump for sports, and prevent yourself from falling if you trip, or maybe avoid tripping altogether. If you’re not able to do it, can only do it on one side, or it hurts when you do it, please read on for some exercises you can do to improve your ability to hop on one foot.

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Why Can’t I Touch My Toes?

The ability to touch your toes when bending forward from a standing position with straight knees is one way we measure flexibility. This is because there are many daily activities that require flexibility in the muscles on the back of your body. A few everyday examples include picking things up off of the ground, taking your shoes on and off, loading or unloading the washing machine, and much more.

Also, if you don’t have adequate flexibility in the structures that allow you to forward bend with ease, you are at risk for developing lower back pain, and possibly pain in your neck and upper back, hips, knees or lower legs. Because of the importance of flexibility for function and pain prevention, the toe touch flexibility screen is a useful tool. It can direct you or your physical therapist to the specific muscle groups that need to be addressed.

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Overcome Barriers to Plank Pose

Holding the plank position is a good indicator of your core strength. Core strength and endurance are extremely important in maintaining a healthy spine and avoiding low back pain. If you’re unable to hold a good quality plank for the recommended time, this article is for you.

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The Story Behind our New Logo

After nearly thirteen years in business and an expansion last year, it was time to refresh our logo. We are very excited to introduce this new logo to you! The expansion changed our floorplan and color scheme, but simultaneous to the physical changes came energetic shifts within our team and culture. Because of this, it’s time to share our story with you. We also want to take this opportunity to communicate our values and how they are represented by the new logo.

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Can You Sit or Stand For An Hour?

Most of us read this question and think, “of course!”. But, can you do it without slouching or experiencing pain? Contemplate it for a moment, or even better, give it a try. If you think or know the answer is no, we encourage you to read on.

Physical therapists are big fans of movement to decrease pain. And we commonly modify activities to help minimize your experience of pain.Β  However, the ability to hold certain positions is necessary to work, drive and otherwise function in our modern world.Β  Being able to hold a typical posture like sitting or standing for an hour without pain or slouching is an indicator of your physical endurance and function.Β 

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How to Make Exercise a Habit

How are you doing with making a habit of doing your physical therapy exercises, or committing to a fitness routine? If you’re ready to make exercise part of your routine, skip the resolutions and go straight to taking steps to create an exercise habit. Committing to exercise is worthwhile because it’s a great way to decrease pain, reverse or avoid sedentary diseases, and benefit your mental health. Read on to learn practical steps that will get you into the habit of exercising consistently.

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Happy Holidays 2021

The 2021 holiday season feels extra happy this year because, as a team, we have lived through a whirlwind of projects, an expansion, the ongoing pandemic and the hiring and training of three wonderful additions to our team. Despite all this, we’ve all remained healthy, grounded and in good humor. We hope you enjoy reading Thrive Physical Therapy’s year in review.

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