Crain’s Detroit Business Allied Health Winner: Polly Swingle

August 16, 2015

By: Jay Greene


Polly Swingle wondered nearly 20 years ago if cutting-edge physical therapy conducted on cats with spinal injuries that allowed them use of their hind legs would work on humans. It did.


Working with her patient Charlie Parkhill, a businessman who had injured his spinal cord in a freak swimming accident in 1998, Swingle began to test her ideas in Detroit using high-intensity workouts.


“Charlie was 100 percent successful in his personal and business life. He had such a drive in him,” said Swingle of Parkhill’s…Read More

Fraser-Clinton Township Chronicle: Local physical therapist honored by MDA

June 24, 2015

By: Nick Mordowanec


Polly Swingle has practiced physical therapy for 30 years, and now she is getting something in return for giving back.


The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Michigan recently selected her as the “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” award recipient for 2015.


The award is presented annually to a community member who dedicates time, talent and expertise to improve the quality of life for those with muscular dystrophy. Other pro- fessionals in MDA clinics nominate someone as the award’s recipient.


Several people are nominated each year. The award…Read More

Detroit News: Recovery a Lifelong Project for Therapy Center Founder

May 15, 2015

By: Laurén Abdel-Razzaq


Charlie Parkhill talks with his hands. It’s remarkable, given that 17 years ago, an accident left him unable to move his body below his neck.


Parkhill was a CPA with his own business when, in 1998, he went on vacation with his wife to Mexico. While he was coming out of the water, a giant wave hit him and knocked him onto his head, bruising and partially severing his spinal cord.


The doctors told him physical therapy beyond the first year was a waste of time, that he…Read More

Macomb Daily: Aggressive neurological rehab born out of a catastrophic accident

April 6, 2015

By: Gina Joseph


There’s hope for a cure for paralysis.


Some American researchers believe epidural stimulation has the potential to be a quantum leap forward for the millions living with spinal cord injury (SCI). Whereas French researchers are confident in the ‘cyborg’ implant, a thin ribbon embedded with electrodes that lies along the spinal cord and delivers electrical impulses and drugs. For now there is The Recovery Project in Clinton Township and Livonia.


The high-intensity physical and occupational therapy clinic is for people with SCI, traumatic brain injuries, neuromuscular disorders such…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

Metromode: The Recovery Project adds 5 jobs, plans move to larger office

October 23, 2014

By: Jon Zemke


To say The Recovery Project comes from humble beginnings might be a bit of an understatement.


The physical rehabilitation firm got its start in the Livonia YMCA with three people in 2003. Today the company employs 40 people between its home base in Livonia and satellite office in Macomb Township. It has hired five people over the last year, including physical therapist assistants and technicians.


“We do plan on hiring over the next year,” says Charles Parkhill, co-CEO of The Recovery Project. “Probably 4 to 6 over the next…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