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Author Archives: Thomas Parker, MD

About the Author: Thomas E. Parker, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Body Helix, is a retired physician, with a practice specialty of Internal Medicine. He attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Parker received the distinction of “Top Doctor” in Charlotte Magazine in 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2008, Parker became involved in Body Helix as a founding member and Chief Science Officer with the responsibility of overseeing product development, safety and guiding marketing materials to reflect scientifically accurate claims.

Recent Posts

Injury Management, Injury Prevention

Elastic Bandages: a Thing of the Past

Posted on June 30, 2019 by Thomas Parker, MD

Many of us are familiar with the RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) method of treating an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain. The compression component of this method is intended to help reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as increase blood flow to the injured tissues, tendons, and/or muscles. For years, many people have simply grabbed the traditional Ace Bandage from the medicine cabinet. However, the advancement of fabric science technology through the years has made the good, old-fashioned Ace Bandage rather obsolete. Fortunately for athletes and patients alike, Body Helix is at the forefront of this fabric science movement and has much evidence to support why Body Helix wraps and sleeves are a more effective method than Ace Bandages in acute injury management. [...]

Biceps/Triceps

Biceps and Triceps Injury Management

Posted on June 29, 2019 by Thomas Parker, MD

Please Note: We are always careful not to give medical advice.  Please seek a medical evaluation for severe or prolonged pain from any cause. The following information applies to pain originating from the muscles and tendons of the arm, not the shoulder or forearm.  [...]

Arthritis/Oestoarthritis

How Can a Compression Wrap Help with Arthritis?

Posted on June 29, 2019 by Thomas Parker, MD

A Background on Arthritis [...]

Injury Management, Injury Prevention, Knee

Which is Better for Me: a Knee Brace or a Knee Sleeve?

Posted on June 28, 2019 by Thomas Parker, MD

We receive many questions about the various types of knee braces and knee supports that are available on the market today. There are several types of knee braces that provide a myriad of stability, support, and pain relief for individuals. We recommend that you discuss with your doctor the type of knee brace that would offer you the most benefit. In the meantime, though, we have put together some information to help educate you on the different types and various uses for knee braces and knee sleeves. [...]

Tennis, Shoulder

Common Shoulder Injuries and How to Get Relief

Posted on June 25, 2019 by Thomas Parker, MD

Thanks for telling us about your shoulder pain.  Stay tuned... you'll be getting more information via email on solutions to help your pain.  In the meantime, we thought you might find this blog article interesting... We are always careful not to give medical advice. Please seek a medical evaluation for prolonged or severe pain. [...]

A New Twist on New Year's Resolutions

Posted on January 02, 2019 by Thomas Parker, MD

Happy New Year from the team at Body Helix! You’ve likely been bombarded recently with commercials and social media posts encouraging you to join the fitness bandwagon in the new year.  Whether it’s a local gym advertisement or a blog post about healthy recipes - you have gotten the message: “New Year, New You!” [...]

Shoulder

5 Stretches to Help Shoulder Alignment

Posted on November 25, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

In a society that requires office workers to spend long hours in front of a computer, poor posture and shoulder alignment are becoming more and more common. Unfortunately, many of us who sit in front of the computer aren’t easily able to pay attention to our posture while focusing on our work. [...]

Shoulder

Sitting All Day Can Equate to Shoulder Pain

Posted on October 24, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Many back pain sufferers struggle with what's causing their pain, not realizing that extensive sitting each day could be the main culprit. In fact, according to a 2012 study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, as many as 70% of people spend six or more hours sitting down each day. It’s likely that the excessive sedentary lifestyles that we lead, coupled with poor posture, is culminating in unnecessary pain and discomfort. [...]

Knee, Arthritis/Oestoarthritis

Studies and Testimonials Prove Compression Relieves Arthritis Pain

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 54 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, with the most common type of arthritis being osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans.  The numbers will continue to grow, according the Foundation, as the number of people expected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by the year 2040 is more than 78 million. With this prevalence, what can be done for those millions that are affected?  Many self-manage their condition with medications, healthy diets, proper rest, and staying active.  Often though, as many of you know, exercise and activity proves difficult when one is in pain.  [...]

Injury Management, Injury Prevention, Tennis

We Advocate for Change.

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Wimbledon 2018 is coming to a close.  As tennis players and avid fans, we love to watch the grand slam tournaments. The pomp, the circumstance, the prestige - all of it makes for great tennis.  However, it's becoming more and more difficult to watch how injuries are plaguing the professional players with each passing tournament.  [...]