Meet Back in Motion Physical Therapist Catherine Rowan

Our newest addition to our Back in Motion Gorham team is Catherine “Cat” Rowan.

Maine Physical Therapist Catherine RowanShe is an experienced PT who has been working in Arlington, VA, just outside Washington D.C., for the past four years. She graduated in 2011 from the University at Buffalo, SUNY with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She also has her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Exercise Science from UB. Catherine is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with advanced clinical knowledge and skills in orthopedic physical therapy. She is a self-proclaimed “Army Brat” and grew up in various parts of the US and Europe; she recently moved to Maine with her fiancé. She is excited to be here and is ready to help you wrap up summer to get ready for the fall.

Q: Locally we have students returning to school with sports seasons right around the corner. Do you have advice for them; either starting a new season or transitioning into the next for help with injuries or prevention of injuries?

As the fall sports season begins you can expect to have an increase in activity level. Whether it is football, cross country, soccer, or field hockey, an increase in activity level could lead to injury, especially if you did not maintain any fitness level over the summer. The most important thing is to get the injury addressed as soon as possible. A little, nagging ache that only occurs after a workout could lead to persistent, severe pain which can sideline you. A physical therapist can evaluate your body mechanics, flexibility, and strength, as well as address a deficit which could be causing the pain as soon as possible to keep you on the field or track.

Q: Working with patients of all ages and different activity levels, what can they expect from you as a physical therapist?

As a physical therapist, my goal is to get my patients back to their prior level of function which includes sports. This applies for anyone from seasoned marathon runners to youth football players. A majority of sports involve running which means different types of athletes can suffer from similar lower body injuries. I can help with any issue that can come up as your intensity increases, as well as answer questions you may have to help get you back in action.

Q: Can you help more than just our local athletes?

Yes, I can help everyone, not just athletes. As an Orthopedic Certified Specialist, I have advance clinical knowledge in treating all orthopedic problems and I have experience treating a wide array of injuries.

Q: I know you have recently relocated to Maine. Have you had a chance to enjoy any of this good weather?

I have been here for just over a month and I have actually done a ton of things. My second weekend here my fiancé and I went camping in Acadia National Park and hiked Cadillac Mountain. We also did some off-roading at Sebec Lake and I have thoroughly enjoyed the easy access to the many beaches close by.

To book your free pain consultation with Cat at our Gorham clinic call (207) 839-5860.


To Tilt or not to Tilt

One of the most common questions I get from people who suffer from low back pain is, “I was thinking about getting a tilt(inversion) table for my back pain, what do you think about them?”

Honestly, I have mixed feelings.  It is important to understand what tilting upside down can do to your body.  Tilting upside down causes your blood pressure to rise, your heart rate to slow down, and the pressure in your eyes to increase dramatically.  Therefore if you have any blood pressure issues, heart disease, or glaucoma it is very important to check with your physician prior to using an inversion table.  I have found that even if you do not have any blood pressure issues, tilting backwards for any length of time, where your head is lower than your feet, can cause dizziness and light headedness when you return to the upright position.  This puts you at risk for fainting and getting injured.  So please proceed with caution. (more…)

Natural Ways to Relieve Headaches

Don’t let headaches hold you back from enjoying your life.

Check out this month’s Back in Motion newsletter for tips on how to improve you posture, strengthen your shoulders and neck, and improve your flexibility. Get ready to say goodbye to those painful headaches!

Natural Ways To Relieve Headaches

Improving Balance through Physical Therapy

For many people, balance seems to worsen as you age.

It is common to think that decreased balance is just part of the normal aging process. This leaves a person feeling helpless, but I’m letting you know there is hope. In fact, many of the factors that lead to poor balance can be improved with some exercises and practice. (more…)

Preventing Injury While Spring Cleaning

This time of year many people want to clean out their closets, reorganize their things, or re-decorate for spring.

WCSH Morning Show

The most common injuries with this are neck and shoulder pain. Why is that?

It’s the weekend warrior syndrome with exercise. We usually start to tackle those jobs on the weekends when we can get a lot done all at once.  People often find themselves in awkward positions with their neck and arms that they don’t do regularly or haven’t done for a long time.


How long do we spend looking up during the day or having our arms overhead?

  • Painting
  • Cleaning out closets with shelves of different levels
  • Washing the base boards and radiators
  • Cleaning all the windows and putting up screens

All these cause us to hold your arms up overhead, over-reaching to the side and looking up to do it. The other problem is we over reach thinking we will get done quicker especially if on a ladder and that also sets us up for shoulder pain.

Watch the video for tips and exercises you can do to help avoid neck and shoulder pain while Spring cleaning.

When Running Becomes a Pain in the…Shins

Spring time is here, the weather is warming up and it’s time to get back outside in the sunshine.

Are you getting ready to start running outside again? One of the most common issues runners face when starting up a new program is shin splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome). Described as a recurring dull ache along the inner part of the lower two-thirds of the shin bone, shin splints are an overuse injury to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the shin bone.  Shin splints can be attributed to the overloading of the lower leg due to a sudden increase in intensity or frequency in activity level fatigues muscles too quickly to properly help absorb shock, forcing the shin bone to absorb most of that shock. This stress is associated with the onset of shin splints. (more…)