Human Performance Center

310 North 9th Street, Bismarck ND 58501

Human Performance Therapy Center

The Human Performance Center (HPC) at CHI St. Alexius Health is home to multiple departments and programs dedicated to the restoration of normal function as well as the development of movement and function.

Restoration is made possible through a wide variety of medical services. These services include: cardiac rehabilitation, myofascial therapy, occupational medicine, pain management, physical therapy, and sports medicine/athletic training. Your physician can recommend which service would best meet your restoration needs.

The development and refinement of human motion and function is made possible by asking the body to do more than it has done in the past. This is made possible by the application of the most scientifically-based methodology available for developing athletic skill and movement.

Restoration of Normal Function

Restoration of Normal Function is made possible through a variety of medical services. Your physician can recommend which service would best meet your restoration needs.

Cardiac Rehabilitation provides education and opportunity to increase your physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems. Our program includes a complete evaluation and an individualized treatment plan, including instructions on physical activity, nutrition, stress management and other health-related areas.

There are many benefits to taking part in the program:

  • Monitoring and better control of blood pressure, lipids and cholesterol and diabetes
  • Live longer and lessen your chances of another heart attack
  • Control heart disease symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath
  • Stop or reverse damage to your blood vessels in your heart
  • Lessen the physical and emotional effects of heart disease
  • Improve your confidence and well-being
  • Improve your stamina and strength, getting you back to your usual activities, including work, hobbies and regular exercise
  • Improved communication with your doctor and other health care providers about your progress
  • The opportunity to meet and share stories with others like you

Cardiac rehab is generally covered by most health insurance companies, but check your plan to determine co-pays or other requirements. To learn more about the cardiac rehab services at HPC, please call 701.530.8158.

This therapeutic approach focuses on the inflammatory responses that create myofascial restrictions. These restrictions can produce tensile pressures on sensitive structures throughout the body. A specialized therapeutic approach eliminates the restrictions and pressure felt by the patient. Myofascial therapy is generally covered by most health insurance companies, but check your plan to determine co-pays or other requirements

Occupational Medicine services are designed to treat the worker who has suffered a work-related injury and safely return that worker to pre-injury productivity. These services may include standard forms of therapy along with assessments to determine the functional level of the worker, including:

  • Functional job analysis
  • Functional job descriptions
  • Pre-work screening
  • DOT physicals
  • Sports physicals
  • Work site appraisals
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
  • Safe work education
  • Non-DOT physicals
  • Pre-employment physicals

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    CHI St. Alexius Health Pain Clinic offers proven therapies ranging from conventional treatments to new innovations, all to most effectively control your pain. Our dedicated and caring providers specialize in managing chronic pain, restoring function and improving your quality of life.  In many situations pain management can be improved in conjunction with physical therapy.  Call the Pain Clinic at 701.530.8106.

    HPC offers you a wide range of general and specialized physical therapy related services including:

    • Amputee Therapy
    • Balance / Dizziness Therapy
    • Neurological Conditions
    • Occupational Medicine
    • Orthopaedic Therapy
    • Pain Management
    • Parkinsons
    • Post -Surgical Therapy
    • Postural Restoration
    • Spinal Care
    • Sports Medicine
    • Therapy for Muscle and Joints
    • Vertigo / Vestibular Conditions

      BCBS of ND allows for self-referral in most cases but other insurance companies require a referral from your physician.

      HPC offers medical and therapeutic intervention for all sports-related illness and injury through sports medicine/athletic training services. CHI St. Alexius Health has provided athletic training and sports medicine to the community of Bismarck/Mandan and surrounding communities for the past 35 years.

      CHI St. Alexius Health’s sports medicine team consists of athletic trainers, physical therapists, exercise physiologists and medical providers. It is our commitment to provide the highest level of care and training for athletes of all ages.

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      One of the best ways to improve a skill whether it be hitting a softball, running, or a golf swing is to have that skill analyzed by an expert utilizing video. By using video analysis and having an understanding of how the movement pattern is to take place the HPC staff is able to assess the movement pattern and make recommendations for improved function and possible injury prevention.

      The analysis takes about an hour and a half. Some individuals have come in for an analysis while they are recovering from an injury. If you are still recovering from an injury your normal movement may be altered. It is best to have this analysis performed when you are fully recovered so that we have an accurate understanding of your normal movement.

      The therapy gym at HPC provides more than 70 aerobic and weight training stations to improve overall health and fitness.  This gym is made available to all of the individuals that received care from one of the service lines within the HPC and it is open to the community. 

      Your membership includes a complementary introduction to the use of the equipment, locker room and towel service. The gym is the only gym in the city that exclusively employs fitness experts who hold a degree in a fitness related field.

      Available Services for Purchase

      HPC gym offers daily, monthly, multiple month, and yearly memberships. There are discounts for multiple month memberships as well as senior and family discounts. HPC also offers corporate discounts for employers that sponsor employee wellness within their company. There is a one-time administrative fee for new members or is there is a renewal after a year of absence from the gym. The hours of the gym are seasonal with reduced hours on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The seasonal hours are always posted.

      An exercise prescription can be very helpful in determining your current level of fitness and then establishing realistic goals. The steps of an exercise prescription are:

      1. Testing your strength capabilities for major muscle groups.
      2. Testing your aerobic fitness level via a V02 submaximal test.
      3. Review your results
      4. Determine your goals
      5. Set a program with the appropriate level of intensity, duration, and mode of exercise.

      The correct intensity, duration and mode of exercise will provide you with the most efficient and beneficial amount of exercise for your medical condition.

      An Exercise Prescription requires approximate two hours of your time.

      Exercise for Medical Conditions
      Exercise is generally associated with weight reduction or getting into better shape. It is rarely considered as a means to reduce pain, increase motion or improve one’s ability to perform daily activities. But research shows that exercise can be very beneficial for many medical conditions. Exercise is a great management tool for many medical conditions the following list of medical conditions have been shown to benefit from a routine exercise program.

      • Arthritis
      • Bariatric Surgery - Post
      • Cancer
      • Congestive Heart Failure
      • Depression
      • Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
      • Fibromyalgia / Myofascial Pain
      • Generalized Weakness
      • Heart Issues
      • Joint or Muscle Injury
      • Lung Issues
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Parkinson’s Disease
      • Pregnancy / Postpartum
      • Stroke / TIA
      • Surgery Recovery

      Exercise for a medical condition is quite different than routine physical exercise. An individual’s response to a medical condition is unique to that individual. HPC staff understands how your medical condition may be affected by exercise. An exercise prescription can be very helpful. The correct intensity, duration and mode of exercise will provide you with the most efficient and beneficial amount of exercise for your medical condition.

      VO2 is the rate of oxygen uptake, or consumption, measured during exercise. To achieve a healthy VO2max, a person must have a fit heart and lungs and significant lean muscle mass that is well conditioned. An initial test clarifies precise target heart rates that enable individuals to exercise with greater efficiency.


      HPC is an approved provider for:

      • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
      • Medicare
      • Medicaid
      • North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance
      • Many commercial insurances

      Blue Cross/Blue Shield and some commercial insurances no longer require physician referral for physical therapy services.

      Service coverage varies with each insurance policy. Always make sure you know what your insurance will allow. HPC is unable to keep up with all of the various contracts that exist and will assume that you understand and know your policy.

      HPC is a participant of the Silver Sneakers, Silver and Fit and Blue Cross Programs. These programs have specific criteria for participation, record-keeping and fees. HPC is required to enforce all requirements of participation for those programs.

      To learn more about services at HPC, please call 701.530.8100.

      Refunds will only be issued up to 90 days from time of termination. Termination forms must be signed and dated. Proof of charges must be brought into the clinic for refund.