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

Detroit Free Press: After accident, man turns his intense rehab into a business opportunity

April 20, 2014

By: JC Reindl


Charlie Parkhill of Bloomfield Hills is proud to run one of the most physically intensive training businesses in Michigan.


He is cofounder of The Recovery Project, a rehabilitation gym in Livonia and Macomb Township that helps people with severe neurological injuries or diseases regain basic abilities. The gym specializes in intense one-on-one training for clients to achieve results.


“Some of them can handle it, and some of them can’t,” Parkhill, 59, said matter-of-factly. “Our goal is to give everybody who comes…Read More

Crain’s Detroit Business: For therapy biz, the first step in expansion, Research

April 14, 2014

By: Gary Anglebrandt


The Recovery Project LLC was born out of adversity. Its founders met when one of them, Charles Parkhill, injured his spinal cord when a wave hit him just the wrong way off a beach in Mexico in 1998, leaving him unable to move from the neck down.


He made progress working with a Detroit Medical Center physical therapist, Polly Swingle, and in 2003 the two formed the business to help others with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.


In 2005, Parkhill took his first…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