510 22nd Ave E, Unit 602 Alexandria, MN 56308

Searching for Physical Therapy services near Alexandria, MN?

At Tom Tardif Physical Therapy, we help you heal your whole body so you can eliminate pain points, stay active, and perform your best in sport and life.

Our Services

Physical Therapy

Are lingering pains, achy joints, or nagging injuries are taking away from your game and life?

Postural Dental Integration

Do you struggle with pain in your jaw, head, or neck that takes you out of action and keeps you up at night?

Breathing Analysis and Retraining

Want to improve your health and performance just by changing the way you breathe?

Postural Visual Integration

Are you losing performance to a lack of coordination, clumsiness, or distractedness?

Custom Foot Orthotics

Is pain or tightness in your feet, knees, or hips making it tough to run or move like you need?

Dry Needling

If tight, sore, or painful muscles have made it hard to play or relax, dry needling can help!

Physical Therapy

Are lingering pains, achy joints, or nagging injuries are taking away from your game and life?

Pain can really wear you down. You might try to rest, stretch, pop a few pills, and that will help for a little while, but pain keeps coming back. Soon, you realize you’re not playing as well or as often, you don’t get a good night’s sleep and wake up sore, or you’ve developed a more serious injury.  You may worry you’ll need to have surgery or, worse, quit playing altogether.

Physical therapy can help you recover what pain has stolen so you can stay out of the operating room and in the game. By understanding the source of your pain and correcting the weaknesses and imbalances that led to it in the first place, we can help you get rid of the pain and keep it from coming back.

When your whole body is functioning properly and efficiently, you will not only feel better and prevent further injuries; you’ll be able to play longer and perform at your best.

Are you ready to end pain, recover from injuries, and get back in the game? Give us a call today to learn how Physical Therapy can help.

Breathing Analysis and Retraining

Want to improve your health and performance just by changing the way you breathe?

Your breath is your life, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it has a huge impact on your health.  Not only does your breath supply your body with the necessary elements to function well in high-performance situations, the way you breathe also helps activate and stabilize the muscles in your core, which affects your whole body posture.

So if you can’t breathe well, you can’t perform well.  An analysis of your breathing patterns can help you identify where you aren’t functioning optimally.  Then we can develop a plan to optimize your breathing for all situations, whether it’s the intense demands of competitive sports, the bustle of daily life, or the relaxation of sleep.

Are you ready to make a big difference in your life with one simple but often overlooked change?  Give me a call today to learn how you can breathe better to perform better.

Postural Dental Integration

Do you struggle with pain in your jaw, head, or neck that takes you out of action and keeps you up at night?

Problems with your jaw are more than a simple nuisance.  Not only does it affect your eating, speaking, breathing, and so much else essential to life, it also has an impact on the rest of your body from your neck to your feet.

Correcting the structure and movement of your jaw can give you relief far beyond your head, but getting lasting results requires a complete approach.  Working with a specialized dentist, I help you address the causes of pain and dysfunction in your jaw and all the many areas of your body that it impacts.

If you want to get your full life back from jaw pain and TMJ problems, give me a call to learn how our multidisciplinary approach can get you results even when previous treatments have failed.

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Would you like to improve your performance by correcting and optimizing your entire visual system? Give me a call today to learn more.

Postural Visual Integration

Are you losing performance to a lack of coordination, clumsiness, or distractedness?

It’s not about your talent or personality.  The problem may be with your eyes.  The way you see determines how you orient your body, move through the world, and interact with objects.  If you’re not seeing clearly and accurately, it’s hard to perform a variety of tasks, especially in the demanding world of sports.  Other warning signs are losing your spot when reading, bumping into objects, poor depth perception, or inability to see some colors or textures.

The good news is that you can address these issues with a total body approach.  We start by seeing a neuro-optometrist who specializes in visual development.  It’s not just about your eyesight, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you need glasses, but it is about making sure all aspects of your visual system and working properly.

Once your eyes are functioning well, we develop a plan to improve how your eyes work with your body to position and move for optimal performance in every aspect of your sport and life.

Custom Foot Orthotics

Is pain or tightness in your feet, knees, or hips making it tough to run or move like you need?

Your movement starts where your feet hit the ground.  If they aren’t in alignment, your whole body can get out of balance, causing big problems through your legs, trunk, and even neck.  To move at your best and run your fastest without pain, you need your feet to be in balanced and solid contact with the earth.

Orthotics can help even out any imbalances in your step to relieve the pain and tightness that develops over time.

Don’t bother with the shoe store kiosks, though.  Everyone’s foot and walking patterns are different, and they don’t fall into one of four simple categories.

Instead, get a true custom orthotic molded to your specific needs. 

Custom Foot Orthotics

I start with a thorough analysis of your foot and stride, then create a personalized mold that will correct problem areas and allow you to walk, run, and move in all the ways your sport and life require without the pain.

Ready to move better, feel better, and perform better?  Give me a call to get your custom fitting today.

Dry Needling

Ready to get loosen up before your next game?

Give us a call today to learn whether dry needling is right for you.

Dry Needling

If tight, sore, or painful muscles have made it hard to play or relax, dry needling can help!

Have you ever had a knot in your muscle that just won’t go away, no matter how much you stretch or massage or ice or heat it? Tight muscles can be debilitating and limit your range of motion, making it hard to perform at your best. Dry needling is a proven way to loosen those tight, knotted muscles instantly so you can feel better and play harder.

You may be thinking, “Needles? No way!” I thought the same thing my first time. But the tiny, sterile needles we use are so small you won’t even feel a prick. Most people don’t even feel them at all. They only feel their pain and tightness melt away.

At Tom Tardif Physical Therapy in Alexandria, MN we specialize in treating the following problems:

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Back Pain

Don’t let back pain keep you from an active, energetic life when we have simple, natural solutions

TMJ Pain

Finally get real relief from the debilitating pain of TMJ problems

Neck Pain

Ease the pain of a stiff, limited neck and recover your full range of activity

Hip and Pelvic Pain

Loosen up your tight, painful hips to rediscover comfort in rest and freedom in movement

Knee Pain

Fix your achy, injured knees so you can get back to living and moving at full speed.

Who we help

You shouldn’t have to give up sports, sacrifice performance, or settle for less just to get by.  At Tom Tardif Physical Therapy, I help people like you reclaim their life and health from even the most stubborn pain and injuries so they can play a sport at the highest level, get fit again, or just have the comfort and energy to play with their kids.

Youth Athletes

Who want to measure their performance with the latest technology and improve it with the latest science

Adult Athletes

Who still love the game and want to keep playing for as long as possible without pain or injury

Busy Moms

Who want to stay healthy, get their old bodies back, and have the energy to take care of work and family

TMJ Sufferers

Who want to reclaim their lives from the cycle of pain and failed treatments

Active Adults

Who just need a little help (or a lot of help!) ending their pain so they can get back to working out, playing sports, and staying fit.

Athletes with Injuries

Who can’t afford to miss more practice and games, take a hit to their performance, or put their careers at risk by returning before they’re ready

Healthy Lifestyle Seekers

Who want to achieve long-term strength and wellness in a holistic, natural way rather than covering up their problems with medication.