Larissa has been participating in The Recovery Project’s supported fitness program for more than three years. During her semi-annual visit to the Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders (MIND) clinic, Larissa met The Recovery Project co-CEO and lead physical therapist Polly Swingle, a regular practitioner at the clinic, for the first time. When Larissa’s doctor and Polly suggested she attend physical therapy at The Recovery Project, she decided to give it a try.
“When I first started, I couldn’t even lift my arm,” Larissa said. “The staff was friendly and helpful, and set up a customized exercise regime for me. I started out with one pound weights, but today I am up to three, four and five pound weights doing the same exercises I started with.”
In addition to visiting The Recovery Project once a week, Larissa also performs her trainer-designed exercises at home whenever possible to maintain her strength and achieved fitness level.
“It energizes me, and my gait has gotten stronger,” she continued. “I’m doing well there, and I like it.”