30 years of physical therapy

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During the summer of 1992, I began my physical therapy work at Tri-County Health Care. Decades have passed, but I still remember that time so vividly. During my interview, Dr. Ness spoke about how much he loved working in this area. I was impressed with his authenticity. He seemed like one of the most genuine people I had ever encountered. I said to myself, “I want to work for a doctor like that,” and so began my 30 years of physical therapy at Tri-County.

30 years of physical theraphy

The authentic desire to spread goodwill while healing drew me to Tri-County Health Care. That feeling has remained 30 years later. I’ve been a personal witness to steadfast growth in our physical therapy department. In 1992, we had two physical therapists and one aide. Now, we have 15 members in the rehab building and have seen tremendous growth. I’m proud to be a facilitator of that growth.

Tim Sly 2010 physical therapy Tri-County Health Care Astera Health Wadena MN

Tim Sly, PT in the rehab department in 2010.

30 years of physical therapy and beyond

As our community has changed, so has our department. With every challenge, we have risen to match it, and I’m proud to say that we have adapted to the needs of the greater community. With the addition of orthopedics, things have taken off even more.

Whenever someone meets with me, I try my best to see the person behind the ailment. They are not their weak bones, arthritis, or bad back. They are people who have lived a storied life and simply want to keep living it. For the last 30 years, I have devoted my life to helping these people. I look forward to continuing this mission.

I want to thank my colleagues and coworkers—those who stand with me now and those who have passed. You have enriched my life in more ways than I can possibly account for. Thank you so much.

Tim Sly

Physical Therapist

How can physical therapy benefit moms?

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How can physical therapy benefit moms? That is an excellent question, and Tri-County’s physical therapy team is here to answer it! Pregnancy is one of the toughest challenges a woman can face. It comes with many rewards, but it undeniably strains the body. Working with a dedicated team of physical therapists can make the journey to motherhood so much easier.

“Women’s Health physical therapy is focused on caring for you during both your pregnancy and post-partum journey. In physical therapy, we can help reduce pain, improve mobility, prevent injury, and keep you feeling strong during pregnancy and get you back to doing the things you love postpartum.” – Kayli Mollberg, DPT

For the expecting mother, we offer these services:

  • Mobility maintenance
  • Body mechanics training to reduce strain on the neck and lower back
  • Pressure management to reduce the risk of urinary leakage or prolapse
  • Core engagement to support a growing belly and improve recovery after giving birth
  • Early education on postpartum precautions
  • Proper breathing techniques
  • Aquatic therapy for reduced pressure through joints

Postpartum care

Our care doesn’t end after pregnancy. The body still has much healing to do, and physical therapy at Tri-County Health Care can assess and treat a wide range of issues stemming from pregnancy and delivery. Additionally, postpartum services include:

  • Early postpartum mobility management
  • Pelvic floor activation for improved strength and preventing incontinence and prolapse
  • Postural education and body mechanics
  • Reestablishing coordination of breath control and muscle activation
  • Scar tissue mobility (grade 1-4 tearing)


Some mothers experience issues with bladder and bowel control during and after pregnancy. This is a problem that many find too difficult or embarrassing to discuss but should be addressed by the proper care team. Physical therapy is once again here to help. They have several techniques and exercises that can alleviate and, in some cases, completely stop the problem. Remember, incontinence is not a normal condition for any age group, so make sure to seek help from trained specialists if you suffer from these issues.

To better understand incontinence, please watch the video below. It provides valuable and fascinating information on how the human body processes waste.

How can physical therapy benefit moms? Of course, the answer is at Tri-County Health Care. For more information on physical therapy, please visit TCHC.org. For scheduling an appointment, please call 218-631-3510. Remember to follow Tri-County Health Care on social media for regular updates.