Aquatic Therapy Reaches Union County

Heading into initial rehabilitation from an injury or surgery can be stressful as there are many therapy types available. Luckily, Union County citizens now have an advanced aquatic therapy opportunity to explore. Tennessee Therapeutics, located at 2945 Maynardville Highway in Maynardville, is now offering a specialty aquatic exercise service to propose a way of getting back to preinjury state sooner while reducing pain during rehabilitation sessions. This type of physical therapy also soothes aching joints and muscles, exercises and rehabilitates safely without joint stress for low functioning and deconditioned joints, and improves balance, strength, and cardiovascular conditioning.

The progressive HydroWorx 200 was recently installed at the facility, enhancing rehabilitation service in Union County drastically. This is one of only approximately three in the region, including those of the University of Tennessee and Carson Newman University. This new technology is set apart from general water therapy by its outstanding features enhancing restoration of injury points and pain reduction. Physical Therapist Agnes Abella wanted to make it possible for Union County citizens to have access to such modern therapeutics. She chose the HydroWorx because they were the only physical therapy company offering the system with the underwater massage hose, which is a set-apart feature. Abella says, “There is nothing better than water for therapy, it promotes circulation as well as many other benefits.”

The HydroWorx 200 is a state of the art system that is truly holistic. It has been designed to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and enhance rehabilitation outcomes. The functional design of this series has all the features required for effective therapy, rehabilitation, and fitness including underwater treadmill, variable water depth, resistance jets, and tissue massage. The ability to reduce your weight bearing status in the water allows you to begin rehab exercises sooner than land based exercises, thus speeding up recovery and minimizing the loss of range of motion on the injured joint. The hydro-static pressure of the water also naturally decreases inflammation to increase circulation.

The integrated underwater treadmill offers variable speeds as well as a cushioned surface with a low impact design. The speeds increase smoothly from a .01 to 6 mph in safe increments. It is useful for all types of therapy such as gait training or sport-specific activities. This feature will help many patients because the body weight will be uplifted, making them walk with lesser pain.

The resistance jet is essential for water therapy, rehabilitation, sports performance or balance training. The jet has a wide range of water speeds and directional configurations to provide the proper amount of resistance for each patient’s needs. It is also beneficial for helping progress patients through rehabilitation and improving balance and strength.

The aquatic verses land therapy comparison of stretching is incomparable for pain. Tina Wood is an aquatic patient at the facility. She has been using it for back therapy. Tina said, “I am a firm believer in the therapy program working on my condition. I miss it when I’m not using it.”

The therapeutic massage hose is a bonus feature that is described as magical by several patients. It is attachable underwater and can be utilized for scar tissue manipulation, pain management, and deep tissue massage. Using the massage hose can increase flexibility, improve circulation, promote muscle relaxation, and in general just make the whole therapy session feel much more relaxing. The massage hose creates water pressure and patients can stretch their hamstring less painfully.

Adjustable water depths make it easy to quickly add or remove water to attain water depths with the touch of a button. There are also safety handrails and supports, to ensure patient comfort and security. Working against gravity with the combination of warm water is very therapeutic and soothing and it is proven to work. Joel Anstett, a current therapy patient, says that he plans to try the aquatic therapy approach for his condition.

This type of aquatic therapy can greatly impact the results achieved during rehabilitation. When the natural healing properties of water are combined with advanced aquatic therapy technology such as an underwater treadmill, resistance therapy jets, and deep tissue massage, like the HydroWorx, the result is an unbeatable rehabilitation tool and it is now available in Union County.

People referred for aquatic physical therapy usually have difficulty exercising on land. Patients with these conditions are ideally suited for the aquatic therapy including arthritis and chronic pain, back and spine conditions, neck, shoulder, low back, knee or ankle injuries, chronic pain, neurological conditions, sports medicine and performance, weight loss, and cardiac, as well as rehabilitation after surgeries. Total knee and total hip replacements, shoulder pain and neck patients can do some of the exercises pertaining to the specific condition as well.

Kim Richnafsky is an aquatic patient for bilateral plantar fasciitis. Kim is hoping to avoid surgery and says, “I shouldn’t have ignored the symptoms for over two years. I started with land therapy but going into the tank I did notice a big improvement quickly with far less pain.” As a partial weight bearing patient, having a way to move and safely begin rehabilitation can do amazing things for the body and emotional well-being as well. The resilience of the water eliminates 90% of a person’s body weight, allowing you to safely begin therapeutic exercises shortly after an injury without the fear of falling or re-injury. When you are bearing less body weight, the stress on your legs and joints is greatly diminished. Additionally, the warm water acts as an aid for sore, swollen, or injured joints and muscles, resulting in less pain and increased range of motion. The maximum treatment program in the HydroWorx machine is 30-40 minutes per session.

This ingenuity brings great opportunity for athletes in the area. Coaches should contact Tennessee Therapeutics for questions on how to get players enrolled after an injury. Area orthopedic clinics are aware of the service and are beginning to give this option to athletes as it is recommended for sports injuries, specifically ACL injuries, to rehabilitate in the water, ankle and foot injuries as well.

To attend this type of therapy, you must have orders from your doctor as it is not for public use. The session can begin as young as very small children with adjustments to the water in the tank to specific heights and weights. It is covered by most insurance and also by Veterans Affairs. Tennessee Therapeutics proudly offers the only physical therapy aquatic exercise using the HydroWorx in Union County. For more information, please contact 865-992-6933.



Theatrics take the stage in Maynardville

Theatrics and performing arts will soon take the stage in Maynardville. A local Union County native, Michael Bailey, brings his passion of the arts along with years of experience to the county with the introduction of Thunder Road Theatre.
Bailey, age 22, has many theater productions under his belt with several major fundraisers, such as last year’s T1D: Zombie Edition at Wilson Park for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He began in theater as early as elementary school and it soon became something he loved dearly.

Congratulations to UCBPA Man and Woman of 2019

UCBPA Man & Woman of 2019 Gary England and Ms. Melanie Dykes. Photo by Chantay Collins

Each year, the Union County Business & Professional Association chooses a man and a woman to serve as ambassador to promote cooperation among the business and professionals for the benefit of the citizens. These individuals exemplify the spirit of community service and use their knowledge and expertise to make Union County a better place to live, work, play and pray. The UCBPA Man & Woman of 2019 are Gary England and Melanie Dykes.


Williams opens veterinarian clinic in Paulette

Dr. Williams with family and friends cutting the ribbon at the new Paulette location.

Pet owners in and around the Paulette community now have a veterinarian next door. Located just up the road from Paulette Elementary School and only eight minutes from Halls, Thunder Road Veterinary Services, LLC celebrated their grand opening last month during a ribbon cutting and open house with family and friends. There were free prizes, raffles, discounted merchandise, facility tours of the new veterinarian clinic and a food truck.

Locals set record with Operation Christmas Child

Milan Baptist Church wants children in need around the world to receive a gift this Christmas season and to experience the love and hope that we find in Jesus Christ.
For the seventh year, Milan Baptist Church has partnered with the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, to make a difference in the lives of children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. The annual project takes empty shoeboxes and turns them into gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items that will be delivered to children in need around the world.

Combating elder abuse in Tennessee

Tennessee’s District Attorneys General are on a mission to protect seniors from elder abuse. We are improving laws, increasing public awareness and, with the help of other partners, using criminal investigations and courtroom prosecutions to protect our seniors.
But, we need the help of informed citizens to win this battle.

Injury Prevention Tips

Following these guidelines can help you prevent injuries: Avoid doing too much, too soon. Never increase the length of your workouts by more than 10 percent from one week to the next, and never increase both the length and intensity of your workout at the same time. Never skip your warm-up or cool-down. Tight or stiff muscles around a joint will make the area more prone to injury. This is especially important in sports that require quick movements, such as basketball and tennis.

Horses transformed into magical unicorns

Kallie Hopper Noblin with husband Jeff. Photo by Nicole Delfraino Photography

Everyone enjoys capturing milestones and memories in photographs so that the joy can be relived through the generations.
Here in Union County, KH Equine Event Rentals focuses on the happiness of clients and the take-home factor for moments like these. The creative business offers photo shoot setups and themed shoots as well as the very popular unicorn interaction at shoots and parties.

National Authors Day celebrated

Authors Guild of Tennessee members enjoy National Authors Day at Union Ave. Books: Cheryl Peyton, AGT President; Jody Sims, Bobbi Phelps and Linda Fitzpatrick.

Authors around the nation celebrated National Authors Day November 1. Here in Knoxville, the celebration went into the evening. The event was presented by the Authors Guild of Tennessee, in collaboration with Union Avenue Books and the Knoxville Writers Guild.

Johnson's Deer Processing & Taxidermy

A family tradition has sprouted into a family business for the Johnsons. Tyler Johnson and his dad, Terry, created a deer processing and taxidermy business partnership in Corryton, and it is a busy season for the fellows as deer hunting season is in full steam.
Inspiration for the industry arose from childhood stories told by Tyler’s papaw, Raymond Johnson. After a weekend hunt in Chuck Swan, Raymond and his brothers would cut the deer up in the kitchen floor.
Tyler says, “I guess you could say it’s in my blood.”

Country Connections: The musical Woods family

On April 11, 1932, in Goin, Claiborne County, Tennessee, a marriage was performed between Clifford Renee Woods Sr. and Virgie Alvelda O’Dell. Four months later, a song was recorded at the Victor Studio on Fifth Street in Camden, New Jersey, by the great Jimmie Rodgers.
The Great Depression was deepening worldwide. The song was “No Hard Times” about living in the country with a mule, a bucket of lard and chickens in my backyard.
On April 13, 1933, a girl child was born to Clifford and Virgie. They named her Wanda Lucille Woods. The family lived in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Union County Board Of Education

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 18:00

The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held at Union County High School on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.

The Union County Board of Education will meet in Executive Session at Union County High School at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019 in anticipation of litigation.

UCBPA Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 12:00

UCBPA meets the second Tuesday of each month for approximately one hour. Membership is $25 annually. The meeting begins at noon at Hardee's in Maynardville. Anyone interested in making Union County a better place to live, work, worship, or play may attend.


James A. "Jim" Clay, Jr.

James Anderson “Jim” Clay, Jr.-age 63 of Washburn went home to be with his Heavenly Father Friday morning, December 6, 2019 while surrounded by his family at his home. He was a long-time member of Mt. Eager Baptist Church. Jim was a former employee of Plasti-Line Inc. and was a retired Barber. Everyone who knew him loved him. Preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ruth Clay; sisters, Lois Dalton and Rhonda Clay; brother, Rev. Johnny Clay.

Barbara Beeler McGinnis

Barbara Beeler McGinnis-age 84 of Washburn went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 5, 2019 at her home. Preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law, J. R. (Grace) Beeler; Don (Wanda) Beeler; Bill (Lillian) Beeler, all of Washburn; Hazel Lester of Tazewell.

She is survived by her children, Rick (Alice) McGinnis of Knoxville; Rita (Jim) Teffteller of Rutledge; Debbie (Gary) Wood and Jeff McGinnis, all of Washburn. She had eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Wayne Clifton Smith

Wayne Clifton Smith-age 86 of Heiskell passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at his home with is family by his side. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He was a U. S. Army Veteran and a member of the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard. He was a member of J. C. Baker Lodge #720 F. & A.M.

He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Shirley Smith; children, Charlotte Diane, Wayne, Tim, Rick and wife, Dolly; Darrell and Beverly. He was also blessed with 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

E. J. Ray

E. J. Ray-age 73 of Maynardville went home peacefully Monday evening, December 2, 2019 at his home. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Andy and Maggie Ray; sisters, Dorthy, Gladys and Mary Patricia Ray; brother, Jr Ray.

Cynthia Dawn Hensley

Cynthia Dawn (Cooper) Hensley-age 53 of Luttrell, born January 18, 1966 passed away Monday morning, December 2, 2019 at her home. Cynthia was a member of Jim Town Baptist Church and an employee of the Horace Maynard Middle School. Preceded in death by father, Rev. E. R. Cooper; mother, Opal Raley Cooper; brothers, Mark and Tony Cooper.

David Ray Richards, Jr.

David Ray Richards, Jr. age 43 of Knoxville passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019 on Thanksgiving Day. David worked at Legend Fitness in Knoxville. He was born and raised on the south side of Knoxville and blessed to have touched so many lives with his charm and outgoing personality.

John Bolt Tatum, Jr.

John B. Tatum, Jr.-age 70 of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, formerly of Piqua, Ohio passed away suddenly Saturday, November 30, 2019 at his home. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Piqua, Ohio; U. S. Air Force Veteran of the Viet Nam War; retired employee of Dinner Bell Meat Processing and also worked at Simpson Industries and Clopay Building Products. John loved living on Norris Lake where he enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting. John, along with his wife fostered several children for 13 years.

Lt. Kenneth Thomas Bowman

Lt. Kenneth Thomas Bowman – K. T.’s family are sad and heartbroken to announce his passing November 27, 2019 peacefully at his home after a lengthy illness. Much appreciation to all his doctors, nurses, DCI Dialysis Clinic on Martin Mill Pike and Amedisys Home Health. He was born January 18, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of the late Ralph and Francis Bowman. U. S. Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War and served 1956 – 1966 obtaining many awards to include the Bronze Star Medal. K. T.

Pearl (Graves) Kitts

Pearl (Graves) Kitts, “Granny Pearl” – 93 of Maynardville, passed away November 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. She was one of the oldest members of Alder Springs Baptist Church. Pearl retired from Knox County Health Department.

Gerald Gillette

Gerald Gillette-age 87 of Maynardville passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019 at his home and is now rejoicing in his new Heavenly home. Gerald loved the Lord and was one of His faithful servants. He made sure that everyone he talked to knew about Jesus. He loved and served his country and was a U. S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War and served again in the Army National Guard. He spent most of his life in foundry work and retired as a foundry coordinator with J. R. Hoe and Sons, Middlesboro, Kentucky.

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