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Fillmore County has a new physical therapist

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Lisa Stensrud opened a physical therapy office in Preston. Photo by Jade Sexton

It wasn’t until recently that Fillmore County residents were able to receive physical therapy close to home. Lisa Stensrud opened up her Preston practice in the same building with Arndt Chiropractic at the beginning of December.

Lisa Stensrud grew up in Indiana, and she showed horses as a child. She got into an accident with her horse, and the horse broke its leg badly. A friend of the family that was a physical therapist came and worked with the horse, and eventually the horse was up and running again like nothing had ever happened.

“That definitely put a spark into it,” Stensrud said of her interest in physical therapy.

She attended school at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, and that’s when she met her husband. She moved to Minnesota, and now lives on a farm outside of Preston.

Stensrud knew that the area needed a physical therapist. “I wanted my own practice, but I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes,” she said.

She walked into Arndt Chiropractic to inquire about using office space. Dustin Arndt felt it was a good opportunity for a sort of partnership between the two businesses. Stensrud said Arndt has been teaching her the business aspect of her work, and it has been working out really well.

“The community has been awesome,” said Stensrud.

There is a difference between the physical therapy that Stensrud does and the chiropractic work that Arndt does, but there are also similarities.

“We both are all about equilibrium, having everything centralized, and making sure people are pain free,” Stensrud explained. “I get more into the rehab part of it, the muscle work, strengthening, and stretching.”

Stensrud treats people with injuries, shoulder and back pain, and just overall pain issues. She also does gait training and coordination. She is working on having physical therapy on horseback at her farm one day.

“For example, I could have a child with CP and could work on balance and strengthening on horseback,” explained Stensrud. “I love working with kids!”

Stensrud also does some educational work, helping out people with lymphedema problems, and supplying them with the necessary supplies.

Working with a chiropractor has proven to be a learning experience for Stensrud. “I have learned a lot from Dr. Arndt,” she said. “We bounce ideas off each other all the time. I love it.”

The two actually share a few patients. Those people go to Dr. Arndt for an adjustment, then go see Stensrud to help keep that adjustment in place.

Stensrud also works in the Arndt Chiropractic office in Chatfield, and she still works in physical therapy at the Mayo Clinic. She is happy to be here in Fillmore County, helping people to recover from injury, or just to live a pain-free life.

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