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WMH has new therapy equipment

April 21, 2016
Westfield Republican

Thanks to a Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation grant, a new piece of physical therapy equipment is helping Westfield Memorial Hospital's physical therapy department.

Called a BioStep 2 Semi-Recumbent Elliptical, Michael Peterson, therapy department manager, noted that all patients would be able to use it for their rehabilitation. "There is no doubt it would be used constantly," he said.

In thanking NCCF for its $4,690 grant for "our physical therapy population and all cardiac rehab patients," Peterson originally suggested the purchase through the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation's director, Patricia DiPalma, who applied for the grant.

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Westfield Memorial Hospital physical therapy aide Jason Lundmark tests the new BioStep 2 Bike while fellow aide Lyndy Carruth looks on. It was purchased with a $4,690 grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.

Peterson, who is most grateful for NCCF's funding of "this state-of-the-art piece of exercise equipment," said nearly 100 percent of the physical therapy population and all cardiac rehab patients use the new Bio-Step Elliptical Bike.

Describing this rehabilitation equipment, Peterson stresses how it helps PT patients. "The BioStep elliptical motion is forgiving on the knees, ankles, hips and lower back - a natural closed-chain low-impact functional exercise."

Other use provides a total body workout in both forward and reverse directions, joint impact is reduced and muscles are strengthened. An enhancement to the PT program, its addition to the existing elliptical equipment boasts "virtually no waiting time for patients to utilize this service."

"It has extremely quiet operation, comfortable setting and ease of operation," Peterson said. "Patients with arthritis, hip and back pain, spinal cord injury and patients with balance/weakness deficits have utilized the piece on a daily basis."

For more information or to make an appointment with the WMH physical therapy programs, contact Peterson at 793-2231.



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