Stories from “Industry Research”

Physical Gains Still Possible 15+ Years After Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

August 4, 2016

The Recovery Project all started because of a spark of hope—a shared belief among its co-founders, physical therapist Polly Swingle and spinal cord client Charlie Parkhill, that combining science, compassion and hard work could unlock never-before-dreamed-of possibilities. The duo proved this theory right nearly 15 years ago when they initially developed new, innovative high-intensity physical therapy methods to treat Charlie’s incomplete spinal cord injury. The new research-based protocols led to Charlie regaining a significant amount of quality of life, and eventually taking his first unassisted steps.

More than 15 years after their…Read More

Healthy & Fit: Staying Active While Aging

December 1, 2014 | By: Polly Swingle

Optimize your health and wellness by keeping fit


Today’s seniors are living longer than ever—thanks in part to astonishing medical advances, and also to the application of evidence-based research that helps design therapeutic solutions to better manage age-related problems and issues.


While living longer is wonderful, it is also important to live well: to enjoy a full and functional lifestyle and high quality of life. One of the biggest impediments to that goal is immobility caused by loss of muscle strength, flexibility, balance and/or depth perception.…Read More

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers: Taking Care

October 1, 2014 | By: Polly Swingle

Parkinson’s caregivers need to understand how to help both their patients and themselves


Swingle is co-CEO, lead physical therapist and certified LSVT®BIG clinician of Livonia-based The Recovery Project.


For Parkinson’s patients, the care and support of a trained and trusted caregiver is an absolutely essential part of managing the disease and maintaining a strong quality of life. The vital role that Parkinson’s caregivers play in the lives of their loved ones makes it all the more important that those caregivers…Read More

ADVANCE For Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine: High Intensity Exercise for Seniors

September 30, 2014 | By: Polly Swingle

Extreme exercises can target weight-bearing and balance, if used properly


First, the good news: seniors are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. 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. More efficient and effective management of these previously debilitating condi- tions means aging adults are experiencing longer life expectancies.


While this is certainly a positive development, longer life expectancies can foster a…Read More

Michigan Parkinson Foundation: Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease, Focusing on Intensity

June 21, 2014 | By: Polly Swingle

Swingle is co-CEO, lead physical therapist and certified LSVT®BIG clinician of Livonia-based The Recovery Project.


For Parkinson’s patients, the benefits of moderate-to-high intensity exercise are increasingly well understood. The right exercise program can improve virtually all of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, boosting mobility, increasing fluidity of movement, and improving overall function. Patients who participate in a quality program, in conjunction with the right mix of medications, will frequently be able to walk and stand better, as well as dress and feed themselves more easily. Moderate…Read More

WXYZ: Lifesaving water safety information

May 24, 2014

Malcolm Maddox: All morning long we’ve been talking about things like the boating forecast and the unofficial start of summer, because a lot of individuals will be taking advantage of the warmer weather, enjoying the pools and lakes all throughout our area. It can be a very exciting time for children and even adults who absolutely love the water, but it can also be very dangerous. Joining us to talk about some of the things we need to keep in mind, especially as we’re near the water, is…Read More

Oakland Press: Local organization offers fall prevention tips to area seniors

April 10, 2014

More than one in three adults age 65 or older falls each year, but less than half talk to their health care providers about it.

Given that falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older adults, and that more than 14 percent of Oakland County’s population is 65 or older, local therapy provider The Recovery Project is urging area seniors and residents caring for aging parents to invest in fall prevention education and awareness.

“While everyone knows the danger of falling associated with ice and snow, many do not realize that…Read More