Category Archives: Physical Rehabilitation News

Sheltering Arms Patient Inspired by Oscar Pistorius at the London Olympics

New Stroke Recovery Technology Incorporates Use Of Xbox Kinect

The University of Southampton, in collaboration with Roke Manor Research Ltd (Roke), a Chemring company, has pioneered the use of Xbox computer technology to develop the world’s first process that measures hand joint movement to help stroke patients recover manual agility at home.
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For Stroke Rehab And Brain Injured Patients, Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Shown To Impact Walking Patterns

In a step towards improving rehabilitation for patients with walking impairments, researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that non-invasive stimulation of the cerebellum, an area of the brain known to be essential in adaptive learning, helped healthy individuals learn a new walking pattern more rapidly. The findings suggest that cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) may be a valuable therapy tool to aid people relearning how to walk following a stroke or other brain injury. Continue reading

Sheltering Arms Launching New High-Tech Walking and Upper Extremity Rehab Centers

Sheltering Arms Launching New High-Tech Walking and Upper Extremity Rehab Centers

iWALK and iREACH Feature First-in-the-Nation Collection of Physical Therapy Technology

 (Richmond, Va.) – A high-tech revolution is underway in physical rehabilitation, as more and more amazing new devices are becoming available that can help medical and therapy professionals to help injured individuals.  Bringing many of these devices into one place, Sheltering Arms is launching the iWALK and iREACH Recovery Centers, a first-in-the-nation collection of rehabilitation technology that are used by expert clinicians to help patients discover the power to overcome disability.

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Sheltering Arms Hires New Chief Financial Officer

After conducting a nationwide executive search in collaboration with healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, Sheltering Arms in Richmond, Va., has hired Michael Dacus as chief financial officer. An experienced financial executive, Dacus will assume his new duties at Sheltering Arms immediately.

“Michael has a proven track record of enhancing revenue growth and successfully translating complex financial concepts into information that is understandable and actionable,” said James Sok, president/chief executive officer, Sheltering Arms. “Michael is a great addition to our senior-leadership team.” Continue reading

SA Therapist published in PT Products Online – “Get With The Program“


Products to treat common issues in sports orthopedics and fitness, and return athletes to play.

by: Shannon R. La Spina, PT, DPT

Article Originally published in

Therapy balls are an excellent source for a high-level core training program.

In an average physical therapy clinic, where a high-level athlete with ankle pain can be followed by a new runner with knee pain, knowing what to use in treating sports injuries is paramount for an effective training program and quick recovery. In my clinic, Sheltering Arms’ Maple Outpatient Center, Richmond, Va, typical subjective complaints of insidious-onset pain include knee pain while squatting, low back pain while playing a beloved sport, and ankle pain while running, to name a few. When it comes to joint, muscle, and fascial dysfunction, nontraumatic onset pain can usually be boiled down to four key areas.
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Dry Needling Therapy and Nick Hopson on WRIC 8 Medical Minute

Sheltering Arms lends Habitat for Humanity a hand during APTA Conference

Last week while the APTA was in New Orleans, leaders had the opportunity to participate in a service project working with Habitat for Humanity in the 9th Ward.  APTA put together a video of the project and two of our wonderful SA leaders – Katherine Baucom and Alison Seger of Sheltering Arms – are interviewed in the video.

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Pioneering Rehab Technology Installed at Sheltering Arms

The following release was issued on November 9 by Sheltering Arms:

Richmond, Virginia (November 9, 2010) – A new breakthrough in rehabilitative therapy that’s designed to help patients regain the ability to walk is now available for patient use at Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital in Hanover County, VA, marking the first field implementation of the pioneering device anywhere in the country.

The first-of-its-kind device – called ZeroG – is the world’s most advanced body weight support system for overground walking and balance training. Sheltering Arms is the first health system in the nation to purchase and install the device. The system allows a patient to walk unencumbered across the room and keeps them safe from falls. Therapists are able to make adjustments from the patient’s side, using an iPod Touch that is connected wirelessly to the ZeroG.

ZeroG was developed by Bioness Inc., the Valencia, Calif.-based company that is recognized as the leading research and development firm in the field of rehabilitative technologies. The technology allows patients to begin intensive physical rehabilitation and weight-bearing exercises at the earliest possible stage in their recovery. It was developed and tested at the National Rehab Institute in Washington, D.C.

In addition to incorporating ZeroG into its regimen of rehabilitative care, Sheltering Arms will serve as a demonstration, education and training site, working with Bioness researchers and support staff on an ongoing basis.

“Sheltering Arms has had a longstanding commitment in embracing new and emerging technologies in rehabilitative care,” said James E. Sok, president and CEO of Sheltering Arms. “We are not only excited by the promise that ZeroG holds for our patients, but we are particularly proud to be selected by Bioness as the nation’s first implementer of this breakthrough device. We also look forward to serving as a regional training site for this and other new technologies as well as growing our partnership with Bioness, a firm that is a well respected leader in rehabilitative innovation.”

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