In 2006, Chris Hansen, DPT received a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Boise State University. During his time at Boise State, Chris was able to assist with studies involving muscle activation and work as a personal trainer and sports performance coach in sports performance facilities. After graduating from Boise State, Chris obtained his Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification and continued to work with individual's ranging from kids to professional athletes in the training and sports performance environment. In 2011, Chris graduated from Idaho State University with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduating from physical therapy school, Chris worked in Mountain Home, ID gaining experience working with many different conditions in a more rural setting. After a couple of years in Mountain Home, Chris moved to the Boise area working at the Idaho Sports Medicine Institute where he has worked with individual's ranging from kids to competitive athletes in an orthopedic rehab setting with an emphasis on post-surgical rehabilitation. After physical therapy school, Chris has obtained certifications from ASTYM for soft tissue treatment and the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) for assessment of movement for golf. Chris offers TPI assessments and has developed a Movement Performance Assessment to evaluate how an individual moves which will allow them to tailor specific programs to improve the efficiency of movement for that person. Chris purchased the Functional Physical Therapy Clinic in 2015 to be able to provide affordable and excellent rehabilitative care and assist people with exercise program design and human performance training programs for those who would like to achieve performance goals. Chris enjoys his time with his wife, son, and daughter. He likes to remain active with participating in sports, both for himself and with coaching.
Why should patients choose you as their provider instead of others in the area?
If the goal of a patient is to have someone who educates them on their condition and makes sure that they have as much decision making in the progression of their care, then the Functional Physical Therapy Center is a place they should choose for their care. If the patient is interested in having someone who will continue to assess their condition and make the appropriate adjustments to help them progress in function while trying to keep things as comfortable as possible, then the Functional Physical Therapy Center is a place they should choose for their care. If a patient wants a place that they can learn about not only improving their condition, but also how they can continue to make improvements in their overall performance and limit future potential for injury, then then Functional Physical Therapy Center is a place they should choose for their care. If a patient is interested in having a place where the time will be taken to listen to their concerns and they have the ability to have their concerns discussed and their questions answered, then the Functional Physical Therapy Center is a place they should choose for their care.
What are the top 3 treatments that you focus on?
A variety of procedures are used to provide the most efficient and comfortable treatments possible for patients, but the most common treatments that are used are exercise and manual therapy. There are many research studies that have been done and are continuing to be done that demonstrate the benefit of these treatment techniques in improving pain and function in individuals with a variety of conditions. Manual therapy has been shown to help improve pain levels early on when initiating a physical therapy program and studies have shown that there is can be a lasting effect in the improved pain symptoms after a significant time. Manual therapy can include joint mobilizations, massage or soft tissue mobilization, and exercises. Exercise has been shown to improve pain levels in patients participating in physical therapy programs and last effects have been seen by those who have participated in and continue to participate in an exercise program. The third most common treatment that I use is stretching. As a person ages or participates in most activity, limitations in mobility start to present. Stretching not only encourages improvements in motion, but also decreases likelihood for future injury.
What are you proud of in your practice?
I am proud of the ability of our practice to be able to be a place where people can come an learn about their conditions while the are being treated. Some conditions are short-term, some conditions are recurrent, and some conditions are chronic. The more people learn about their condition, the more control they have over improving their quality of life. I am also proud of the effort we make to make sure that our patients/clients are cared for even after their official therapy treatment time period is over. Each patient should have the understanding that they are always welcome to ask questions and ask for our assistance at any point in the future.
Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?
I enjoy treating almost every orthopedic condition that I see. I work in the health and fitness profession because of my interest in how the human body moves and how we can influence improvements in performance or limitations with efficient and appropriate progression of activity. I enjoy working with any joint in the body because they are all unique, but the hip is what interests me the most, due to the ability to improve conditions that involve ankles, knees, hips, and spine (among others) by improving the mechanics and stability in the hips.
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