Le Mars Physical Therapy

Erik Nieuwenhuis MS, PT, CAFS

Erik Nieuwenhuis MS, PT, CAFS

Erik is from Orange City, Iowa and graduated from Maurice-Orange City High School in 1990. Erik earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Pre-Physical Therapy) from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995. He graduated from Des Moines University in May of 1998, with his Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree. Erik became interested in physical therapy as a career after he had suffered with musculoskeletal pain and headaches after a motor vehicle accident (MVA) after his sophomore year in college the summer of 1992, and his lifestyle challenges managing juvenile diabetes (T1D) since his diagnosis in December of 1989. Erik has worn an insulin pump since 2001, and loves to educate his patients on making wise daily choices to care for their body as a temple, that he has learned managing his blood sugar and MSD stiffness/ pain after his MVA.

He has a passion to encourage and inspire others to improve their daily posture habits, learn dynamic stretches to reduce daily stiffness/ pain, optimize functional strength/ stability, and self-care techniques to reverse and treat headaches/ neck pain and stiffness, lower back pain, shoulder pain, hip and knee pain, tendonitis pain, trigger finger, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He also loves to encourage others to improve their daily lifestyle habits to improve their daily quality of life and well-being.

Erik has 23 years’ work experience as a Physical Therapist at various settings involving occupational health/ ergonomics, and MSD injury prevention, workers compensation, ergonomic evaluations and training at hundreds of companies in the Tri-State area, health coaching, wellness programming for employers, acute hospital, acute rehab, and outpatient orthopedics in Sioux City, IA. He now joins the Le Mars Physical Therapy team. Erik completed his Certification of Applied Functional Science (CAFS) in February of 2016, and loves to use his manual therapy “hands-on skills” learned from Des Moines University, and his Gray Institute CAFS skills to evaluate, encourage, and lead patients in the restoration of their physical health and well-being, to speed return to work/ sport/ play and improve their daily movement and well-being so they may be their best-self daily!

Erik also uses his extensive ergonomics and work smarter posture habits and body mechanics education and training that he learned while working at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s to further improve patient outcomes and well-being!

Erik and his wife Jenilyn live in Sioux City, IA and have 4 children Abbigail, Maelynne, Hunter and Brady. When away from work he enjoys circuit training and lifting weights at 4 Seasons health club, going to the park or playing outside with his children, working in his garden, watching movies (Marvel on Disney+), or attending his children’s sporting events at school, across the Siouxland Community, or at Sunnybrook Community Church. He also enjoys watching and playing sports with his children and wife and rooting for his favorite teams the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, UNI Panthers, Iowa Hawkeyes, KU Jayhawks, and his favorite superhero “Captain America”!


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