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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 5

April 23, 2018

Thank you for tuning in to the 5th part of our Parkinson's Disease blog series.  Today we wanted to share some boxing basics with you.  Check out the four videos below by our very own Bob Conrad, PTA.

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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 4

April 11, 2018

What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder that slowly robs a person of their ability to get around, perform tasks, and interact with the outside world. Although the disease can result in depression, other psychological disturbances, and dementia (loss of thinking and memory abilities), it is best known for its effects on a person’s “motor” abilities – that is, the ability to move smoothly and efficiently.

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Selecting Words to Empower Our Patients

April 9, 2018

I wanted to first officially introduce myself as the new Director of Specialized Physical Therapy in Candler. Being a Physical Therapist for 10 years and having been in WNC for the past 7, I have worked with patients of all ages who are looking to get back to activities after an injury. I have learned over the years that communication is vital in developing a therapeutic alliance with patients, helping people understand their diagnosis, and provide positive encouragement to help with recovery. I felt as though it would be appropriate for my first few blog topics to center around communication and the importance of building rapport with your therapist.

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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 3

April 4, 2018

Meet Mike

We wanted to take a few minutes and introduce you to Mike.  He has been boxing with us for a couple years now and has been an active participant in the community.   Take a few minutes to listen to Mike talk about the program in his own words.

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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 2

March 28, 2018

How Does Exercise Change The Brain?

High intensity exercise appears to play a protective role for our brain and effects important areas of the brain related to dopamine production.  For these reasons (and many others we will talk about later) we can see decreases in the symptoms associated with Parkinson's Disease.  Although we cannot reverse the disease, these studies are giving hope that we can reduce the impact of Parkinson's Disease on people’s lives.

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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 1

March 21, 2018

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive neurological disease affecting human movement. Parkinson’s affects neurons primarily in the substantia nigra. These cells produce dopamine that is largely responsible for relaying information to various parts of the brain about movement.

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Cutting-Edge Treatment to Accelerate Post-Operative Rehab: Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

March 14, 2018

Using BFR (Blood Flow Restriction) in therapy after an injury or post-operative surgery can speed up recovery time while decreasing muscle loss.

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Welcome Jim Gregory, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS

January 8, 2018

Jim Gregory, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS has joined the Specialized Physical Therapy team.  Dr. Gregory has lived in the Asheville area for the past 7 years, with his amazing wife Ashley, after relocating from Washington State.  While at Clemson University, Jim completed a BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and was a collegiate rugby player, which began his exposure to physical therapy.  In 2008, he received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL, specializing in manual therapy and highlighted by a clinical rotation with the Utah Jazz of the NBA

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How to HIIT Your Health Goals During the Holidays

December 21, 2017

In the midst of the holiday season, it’s easy to fall prey to all of the festivities while losing track of the fitness you’ve worked so hard for all year. Maybe you gave up on your New Years’ resolution a long time ago, cancelled your gym membership, or continually tell yourself that you will start again next year, as you eat one too many Christmas desserts.


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Blainesworld Radio Show on 93.7 FM

November 7, 2017

Low back pain can be debilitating.  Growing up I saw my father complain of back pain daily.  As I grew older I did what I could to have a healthy spine.  However, shortly after having emergency surgery to remove my appendix, I bent over to tie my shoe and suffered from excruciating back pain.  It wasn’t until I met Dr. Simonds at Specialized Physical Therapy that I felt like I was back on the path to my normal self.

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October Fundraiser Supporting Girls on the Run

October 13, 2017

Specialized Physical Therapy is excited to announce that we are raising money for Girls on the Run of WNC this October. Our goal is to raise $3,000 by the end of October and to that end we have gotten things started with a donation of $500! You can donate any number of different ways!

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Platelet Rich Plasma

June 1, 2017

During the past several years, much has been written about a preparation called Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and its potential effectiveness in the treatment of pain and injuries.  Recent research has shown increasing evidence for the use of PRP for arthritis and knee pain in addition to soft tissue injuries.

Many famous athletes — Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others — have received PRP for various problems, and many have credited PRP with their being able to return more quickly to competition.

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What to do about heel pain and plantar fasciitis

May 9, 2017

The sun is out, the temperature is up, and if you are like most Ashevillians, you are gearing up to start hiking and running around our beautiful mountains.  Inevitably, we see more people in our clinic complaining of heel pain during the warmer months.  Whether it is due to overuse or some other injury, here are some quick and easy steps you can take at home to potentially resolve the issue.

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