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  • 6 Myths About Running Shoes...and the Truth Behind Them
  • Brannon Earns Advanced Certification in Lymphedema
  • BenchMark Grows with OnSite Rehab

6 Myths About Running Shoes...and the Truth Behind Them

Runner on road“Running in older shoes increases the chance of injury.” “Barefoot running is good for me.” These are just a couple of the myths that runners or those interested in taking up running for exercise may have heard about athletic shoes. But how many of those myths actually hold up to the evidence? The physical therapists who are enrolled in our Orthopaedic Residency Program have done the research for you and are here to bust (or confirm) six of the most common myths about athletic shoes! Test yourself with this interactive quiz to find out the truth about these myths, plus learn about the smartest choices to make when it comes to athletic shoes to keep your feet (and consequently the rest of your body!) happy and healthy. Athletic Shoe Myth Bustin’ Our Orthopaedic Residency Program is an 18-month program designed to prepare physical therapists to become Board certified Orthopaedic Specialists. Studies show that those who have obtained this certification get better results, faster. We’re dedicated to developing skilled and passionate clinicians in order to provide the best possible care for our patients, and the hands-on and evidence-based training provided in our program is one way we strive for this goal. Learn more about the program. Read More

Brannon Earns Advanced Certification in Lymphedema

Melissa Brannon, PTA

Melissa Brannon, PTA

  Physical Therapist Assistant, Melissa Nichelson Brannon, earned advanced certification to perform Lymphedema therapy from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. The announcement was made by Keith Myers, BenchMark Physical Therapy Regional Director. The rigorous nine-day course included multiple written, oral and practical/manual examinations.  The exams emphasized clinical decision-making, lymphatic pathologies, accurate techniques of assessment and treatment, effective treatment progression and safety. Brannon, a native of Calhoun, received her associate of Applied Science degree in Allied Health as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Floyd College in 2000.  She is also a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist and is currently employed at BenchMark Physical Therapy in Calhoun, GA. BenchMark Physical Therapy is the region’s leading outpatient physical therapy organization with superior expertise in orthopaedic manual therapy, a hands-on approach to patient care that’s proven more effective for many diagnoses. The company is committed to improving the health and quality of life of individuals through advanced training and physical therapy practices. As a result, BenchMark has more advanced certified therapists than any physical therapy practice in the region. For more information on BenchMark Physical Therapy or inquire about a complimentary assessment, go to For more information on BenchMark Physical Therapy and Melissa Brannon, call the Calhoun clinic at (706) 602-9655. Read More

BenchMark Grows with OnSite Rehab

Onsite Rehab Physical Therapy in Atlanta, Georgia, becomes BenchMark's newest partner increasing our functional capacity testing capabilities.  December 1, 2014, Atlanta, GA  – Jan W. Braunstein, PT, owner of Atlanta, GA based Onsite Rehab, announced her new partnership with  BenchMark Rehab Partners  (BMRP) under the company’s brand, BenchMark Physical Therapy. According to Braunstein, “I am very excited to be a part of an organization that is leading the way into the future of physical therapy with the changes that our healthcare system is experiencing right now.” Braunstein is passionate about making a positive impact on people’s lives and their ability to function safely at the workplace and enjoy life. As Director of Physical Therapy for an Occupational Medicine Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia, Braunstein developed her specialty in Occupational Injury Rehab. In 1996, Braunstein opened OnSite Rehab, her own private physical therapy and functional testing practice, in Atlanta, GA. Since its opening, OnSite has been recognized as a leader in providing Work Injury Physical Therapy services in Georgia. In addition to a freestanding traditional physical therapy clinic, OnSite offers injury prevention services, ergonomic consulting and corporate safety educational programs as well as four (4) functional testing centers throughout Georgia. Here, Certified Functional Evaluators perform evaluations on individuals where a physician needs a more objective understanding of whether someone can perform the essential functions of their job. Combined, these evaluations provide an exceptional service for both supervisor and employee. Braunstein’s philosophy has always been to provide the highest quality of care while reducing injury-related costs. Becky Filson, partner and regional director for BMRP, is very optimistic about this new partnership saying, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Onsite Rehab and expanding our focus in functional testing and occupational rehab. As with all of our partnerships, we will leverage Read More