Medical Programs

Our experienced, compassionate team of physical therapists, occupational therapists and trainers utilizes the latest evidence-based techniques and state-of-the-art equipment in our Livonia and Clinton Township clinics to develop customized, comprehensive, high-intensity training programs for a variety of injuries, diseases and conditions.

In addition to consistently re-evaluating each of our programs and incorporating the most up-to-date techniques, we are also proud to offer an array of exclusive specialized equipment, including functional electrical stimulation (FES) bikes, RedCord, Bioness, NuStep, LiteGait, MOTOmed, the BalanceWear vest and much more.

Our medical therapy programs include: Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Geriatric Therapy and Fall Prevention, Neurological Therapy, Amputee/Prosthetic Therapy, and Musculoskeletal Therapy.

Spinal Cord Injury

Providing high-intensity physical and occupational therapy for spinal cord injuries is at the heart of what we do—it is why we were founded, and continues to be one of our most important programs today.

Our unique program is based on a proven research-based, multi-phased approach with specific goals, protocols and equipment usage outlined for ASIA levels A through D. These phases include High Intensity Neurorecovery, High Intensity Fitness, Traditional Therapy, Supported Fitness and Independent Fitness. Each phase of treatment is customized to the specific client, and is administered by trained, licensed therapists and clinicians with expertise working with spinal cord injuries. Some of the main highlights of our programs include UE/LE/trunk FES cycle, neuroprothesis (Bioness/Saebo), Saebo clinic kit, gait training (Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training), manual and power wheelchair assessments and DME assessments. Research shows that rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries should not be limited to training just the “working” areas of the body, but also the body parts that are limited or nonfunctional. Evidence demonstrates the physical therapy allows activation of the nerves and muscles below the level of the injury, resulting in better overall quality of life. Thus, our programs take a comprehensive, holistic approach to yield the greatest amount of recovery possible.
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Traumatic Brain Injury

High-intensity physical therapy programs for traumatic brain injuries are another part of our firm’s foundation. Our team of compassionate, dedicated therapists has extensive experience working with the specific physical impairments, disabilities, and common cognitive and behavior deficits typical of traumatic brain injuries, and are skilled at building and implementing effective programs that can help improve balance and coordination, reduce reliance on assistive devices, enhance the ability to perform everyday activities and decrease depression and anxiety.


Seniors are now living longer and healthier lives. Thanks to medical advances and the application of evidence-based research, age-related problems and chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and many others are being managed better than ever before. With longer life expectancies comes different health challenges, however, with one of the most threatening being increased fall risk—according to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three adults age 65 or older falls each year.

To combat these challenges, The Recovery Project offers a suite of services and programs targeted to the specific physical needs and issues aging adults face, including muscle strength, flexibility, balance and depth perception. We also have a targeted group of fall prevention programs to assist our elderly clients.   The leading therapists that develop and implement our targeted geriatric programs are Geriatric Certified Specialists (GCS) and Certified Exercise Experts for the Aging Adult (CEEAA), ensuring that every treatment plan incorporates the latest evidence-based research and proven techniques.
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Neurological Therapy

We offer a variety of physical, occupational and speech therapy programs for minor to severe neurological diseases and disorders including muscular dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, CVA and other central nervous system and peripheral nervous system diseases and disorders.

Our experienced and dedicated Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) certified physical and occupational therapists design exercise programs to meet individual needs and capabilities, educate caregivers on how best to support their loved ones, and assist with ordering new equipment or home modifications.   In addition to traditional and high-intensity therapy, we also offer innovative therapeutic products, including BalanceWear. BalanceWear is a new wearable vest-like product that utilizes customized weighting placement to enable patients with various conditions to regain balance and mobility. The Recovery Project co-CEO and lead physical therapist Polly Swingle, as well as Gwen Dani and Meghan Malley, are the only clinicians in the metro Detroit area certified to evaluate for and prescribe BalanceWear.
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Movement Disorders

The Rehabilitation team at The Recovery Project, LLC has experience in treating Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia and other movement disorders.  Movement disorders produce abnormal motions or lack of movement that may involve the head, voice, tongue, arms and legs.  They produce muscle contractions that cause involuntary and painful rigidness and twisting of muscles.  Some of these diseases are also associated with cognitive (mental) decline, such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.  Our team of physical, occupational and speech therapist offers expertise and evidence based therapy approaches for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia, Huntington’s disease, Multisystem atrophy, Sydenham’s chorea, tardive dystonia and Wilson’s disease.  The following treatments provided are:

  • PWR! (skilled service and wellness)
  • LSVT
  • Strengthening and coordination of motor skills
  • Mobility training
  • ADL training
  • Orthotic and splinting fabrication.
  • Vestibular treatment for dizziness and visual deficits.
  • Functional electrical stimulation.
  • Body weight supported treadmill training.
  • Red cord for neuro muscular education.
  • Vital Stim for speech and swallowing deficits.


Our therapists are well trained to work with the specific capabilities and needs of amputee clients, and have significant experience designing and implementing customized therapeutic and fitness programs for people with these injuries and conditions.


In addition to high-intensity therapy customized for severe injuries and diseases, The Recovery Project’s therapists also deliver industry-leading physical and occupational therapy for common sports injuries and day-to-day orthopedic ailments including back, neck, knee and shoulder therapy. We treat all ages of patients with orthopedic injuries, from children to senior citizens.

Bone Disease

We provide treatment developed from evidence-based research for the management of a variety of bone disorders, including Osteoporosis, degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis and joint replacements. Our program provides comprehensive treatment for a variety of complex medical and surgical issues involving Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, joint replacements and unexplained frequent fracture syndromes. We are equipped with lasted technology, which allows us to offer a variety of treatment approaches, including gait training, weighted vest, manual therapy, weight bearing therapeutic exercises, exercise prescriptions based on the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines, home safety visits and home modification assessments.