Pinnacle PT uses cutting-edge technology

Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress Heather Smith, owner of Pinnacle Performance Physical Therapy, works with a client on the Alter G treadmill.

Pinnacle Performance Physical Therapy (PPPT) is now open in Harrogate, and its goal is to use an innovative approach to outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation in order to improve the quality of life and wellness of both adults and children.

“We are providing modern, evidence-based physical therapy and occupational therapy treatments to residents of the tri-state area,” according to owner Heather Smith, MPT, MTC, who leads her team with an individualized approach to treating patients in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

PPPT offers a full slate of services ranging from physical and occupational therapy to industrial rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation therapy, golf swing analysis, the anti-gravity treadmill experience, and pediatric care and rehabilitation.

Pinnacle Performance Physical Therapy and Wellness Center is pleased to enhance the rehabilitation efforts of our patients with our in-house Anti-Gravity Treadmill, the Alter GTM.

“The Alter G is the only technology in the area that allows you to walk and run pain free,” said Smith.

Created by a California company using NASA-inspired technology, the Alter G treadmill is unique because it underweights its users through differential air pressure.

“Consider the reality that an overweight person will sustain a greater impact on their body as their foot strikes a treadmill than a lighter weight person,” the PPPT website states. “The anti-gravity treadmill allows us to dial down what you weigh until it is only 20 percent of your actual weight.”

National Basketball Association superstars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James both used Alter G to recover from injuries and return quickly to their game.

Cleared by the United States Federal Drug Administration in 2008, the Alter G is used primarily to rehabilitation lower extremity injuries or surgery, weight control, aerobic conditioning and strengthening and condition for the elderly.

“We have also found it to be effective in assisting with neurological retraining and balance and gait deficits as well as many orthopedic conditions,” states the website.

“It is also effective for recreational and professional athletes to train longer, run faster and gain additional strength and increased cardiovascular performance.”

Smith was raised in Cumberland Gap and graduated from Powell Valley High School. She earned an Associate’s of Science Degree from Walter State Community College in 1998.

She went on to study environmental and occupational health at East Tennessee State University until she moved to Memphis to pursue her dream of becoming a physical therapist.

She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2003.

Smith completed her Manual Therapy Certification at The University of St. Augustine in 2007. This certification gave her an additional skill that improved her ability to perform hands-on treatment options as a physical therapist. This MT certification is held by a little over 2,500 other physical therapists in the nation and is helpful to her current orthopedic practice in Harrogate.

Smith is an active member of the APTA and Private Practice Section of the APTA. She is also a member of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA. She has seven successful years experience in private practice.

“I hope to bring my experience back to my hometown to help the tri-state area with all their rehab needs,” she said.

Memberships are available to those who want to use the Alter G treadmill only. For more information or appointments for physical therapy needs, call 423-869-9923. You can also visit their website at PPPT is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is located at 362 Catalpa Avenue in Harrogate, in the old Subway location.

Reach Marisa Anders at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @newsgirl88.

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