2 new Butler County businesses put focus on health, fitness

A new business aims to provide recovery based modalities and services to help local fitness gurus recover from tightness, overuse, stress and strain on the joints and muscles so they can work out harder, improve performance and reduce plateaus.

Located inside Stretch Physical Therapy in West Chester, at 4851 Wunnenberg Way in West Chester, the new business — West Chester Stretch & Recover — is a center for runners, cyclists, crossfit, mudders and extreme sports enthusiasts that allows them to come post sport or workout to recover from their intense workout.

It also aims to keep them flexible, strong and keep them working out decreasing risk of injury that could sideline them, according to owner Kim Nartker, of Hamilton.

“I opened because of all of the sports and exercise injuries I have seen sideline otherwise healthy individuals causing them to stop working out and spiral into unhealthy habits,” Nartker said. “Deep stabilizing muscles weaken with overuse and tend to turn off and begin a cycle of compensation and injury.”

Nartker said she chose to open inside Stretch Physical Therapy to provide onsite supervision from my physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to allow for trusted recommendations to allow for faster healing and return to sport or activities.”

West Chester Stretch & Recover has six employees and is looking to hire an ATC (Athletic Trainer, Certified), then expand into other locations and hire at least four to six more employees once the West Chester location is full.

The program is membership-based and can only accept 100 members at that location.

Neuro Fit Gym

Neuro Fit Gym opened Wednesday at 4155 Tonya Trail in Fairfield Twp.

The new business bills itself as “a unique gym for individuals with neurological diagnoses.” That includes Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular disease (CVA), multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Neuro Fit Gym offers group classes, educational meetings and more. Individual sessions will also be available.

All of these classes and sessions at the new business is run by licensed and experienced physical therapists Colleen Schuster, of Hamilton, and Amy Bertram, of Liberty Twp.

Bertram graduated in 2004 from the University of Cincinnati as a physical therapist assistant. She continued with her studies and earned her bachelor’s degree in 2006 and earned her doctor of physical therapy from UC in 2009.

Schuster earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University in 1991 and completed her doctorate degree through the University of Montana in 2014.

For more information, visit www.theneurofitgym.com or email info@theneurofitgym.com.

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