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Listen to the First Swing Adaptive golf event information from the WRVA interview

We are so excited that Jimmy Barrett (WRVA) interviewed Alison Clarke, Director of Community Recreation Services at Sheltering Arms, about a special golf  opportunity for people with disabilities. To learn more about the “First Swing” event on April 26th and/or register for this exciting program, call (804)764-5275 or go to our website:


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Noninvasive Stimulation Improves Hand Use After Spinal Cord Injury

therapy-newsBy using noninvasive stimulation, researchers were able to temporarily improve the ability of people with spinal cord injuries to use their hands. The findings, reported in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, hold promise in treating thousands of people in the United States alone who are partially paralyzed due to spinal cord injury.

“This approach builds on earlier work and highlights the importance of the corticospinal tract – which conducts impulses from the brain’s motor cortex to the spinal cord and is a major pathway contributing to voluntary movement – as an important target for intervention after spinal cord injury,” said Monica Perez of the University of Pittsburgh.
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Positive View On Aging May Help Recovery From Severe Disability

New research from the US finds that older people who have a positive view on aging are more likely to recover from severe disability than those who hold negative stereotypes about being older. It calls for more studies to investigate whether promoting positive age stereotypes extends independent living later in life.

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Trends In Rehabilitation Research In Multiple Sclerosis

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, an expert in cognitive rehabilitation research, authored two commentaries on trends in multiple sclerosis (MS) research. Dr. Chiaravalloti is director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation. She was recently appointed director of Traumatic Brain Injury Research at the Foundation and is principal investigator of the Northern New Jersey TBI System, a NIDRR-funded model system. Dr. Chiaravalloti is also an associate professor at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.
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Slim Electrode Enables Close Connection, Makes For A Better Brain Implant

A thin, flexible electrode developed at the University of Michigan is 10 times smaller than the nearest competition and could make long-term measurements of neural activity practical at last.

This kind of technology could eventually be used to send signals to prosthetic limbs, overcoming inflammation larger electrodes cause that damages both the brain and the electrodes.
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Physical Therapy, Not A Knee Brace, Aids In ACL Recovery

Wearing a knee brace following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery has no effect on a person’s recovery. However, strength, range-of- motion, and functionality exercises provide significant benefits, and other new therapies may show promise.
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Sheltering Arms Named One of “The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in the United States”

September 7, 2012 (Richmond, Virginia) –Sheltering Arms, Central Virginia’s premier physical therapy healthcare provider, was named as one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the United States. The annual award recognizes employers that display leadership and innovation towards engaging their employees.

“We believe that Sheltering Arms is truly a superior place to work, and it’s great to see that belief is shared by others,” said Sheltering Arms CEO Jim Sok. “We work very hard to create a workplace where our employees can succeed, thereby making it possible for us to give exemplary care to our patients. This is an honor of which we are very proud.”

“The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ understand these practices are not only good for
employees, but also the bottom line. Companies that focus on employee engagement tend to perform
better financially, attract and retain the best talent and enjoy improved customer service and client
retention,” said Razor Suleman, Founder and Chairman of Achievers. “These companies serve as role
models for other businesses to engage their own employees and build success.”

The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Awards panel of judges evaluated each applicant based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards & Recognition, Professional & Personal Growth, Accountability & Performance, Vision & Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The panel of judges included Bruce Bolger, Managing Director of Enterprise Engagement Alliance, Stacia Garr, Principal Analyst of Bersin & Associates, Debbie McGrath, Founder and Chief Instigator of, China Gorman, CEO of CMG Group and Razor Suleman, Founder and Chairman of Achievers.

With this award, Sheltering Arms joins the ranks of some very large and well known companies, such as Zappos, Cisco Systems, Inc. and Alcoa, as a fellow recipient of The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in 2012. Recently, Sheltering Arms was also recognized as one of the 100 Best Places to Work nationwide by Modern Healthcare.

About Sheltering Arms
Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services. To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and ten outpatient clinics visit, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect with Sheltering Arms on Facebook. ( or Twitter (


Sheltering Arms Patient Inspired by Oscar Pistorius at the London Olympics