Inertia Wave For Therapy -Physical Therapists Perspective
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Inertia Wave For Therapy -Physical Therapists Perspective

by Dave Parise on Jun 18, 2018

Inertia Wave is a multi-faceted rehabilitation and performance enhancing device. The Inertia Wave  will improve sports performance, strength, cardio along with superior muscle endurance, neuromuscular re-education. It enhances back stabilization, and is a superior proprioceptive stabilizer. 

This light weight easy store, easy transportable Inertia Wave is safe, and effective to use at all levels of need and ability; Young and seasoned athletes, amateur and professional, as well as the weekend warriors. Everyone can benefit with the use of the Inertia Wave. Your skill level only dictates your own personal output of energy. All levels will feel the challenge of the various body systems at use. Additional, the neuro-compromised patient benefits with the proprioceptive feedback, and joint stabilizing muscle contractions.  When needed the Inertia Wave can also can be used to challenge the compromised balance patient, with the need to find center of gravity, while creating and controlling a dynamic movement pattern.

 Lumbar stabilization the principle of stabilizing the smaller core musculature (local) vs the larger outer (global) muscles are optimized with the Inertia Wave. Te Inertia Wave will control the dynamic movement  in a static stance as well as a dynamic stance, the typically less used spinal stabilizing musculature and coordinated neuromuscular responses are challenged in a safe Non-axial loading but weight bearing method.

Unlike a traditional battle rope (dead energy) which may be too heavy to hold for the post-operative patient and elderly patient, the Inertia Wave is light weight and its feedback is based on your own inertia energy placed into it as well as distance of stance from is anchor position. 

Unlike traditional exercise tubing, it’s a higher grade (Prorietary)  that will withstand various conditions of use and resistance. 



 Keith D. Steigbigel, PT, DPT, CSCS


Dr. Keith Steigbigel, an adjunct professor in our School of Health Sciences and owner at Prolete Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine of Milford, guides Sarah Van Buiten DPT ’18 through the treatment of patient Maci Pastir.

Keith Steigbigel knows the high value of the Quinnipiac physical therapy department better than most people. After all, he’s not only taught in the program for about as long as the current students are old — but he has also hired several alumni and students to work at his practice — as clinicians and interns.


EXPERIENCE:   Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, PC.

                                      Milford, CT. 

                                      December 2015- Present

  • President and Clinical director of operations.


   Quinnipiac University, North Haven, CT Health Science campus.

                                      Spring 2011-Present.

  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Modalities, Gross Anatomy, Kinesiology, Palpation.
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Frank Netter School of Medicine.
  • Research within both The Frank Netter School of Medicine and the Department of Physical Therapy.


Clinical instructor;

  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Uconn
  • University Of Hartford
  • Scranton University
  • University Of Vermont



  • The Connecticut Pediatric Association
  • The Frank Netter School of Medicine
  • CPTA
  • Crossfit community (multiple Crossfit gyms throughout CT)


Team Physical Therapist for Crossfit Milford

  • Northeast Regionals 2012-2018
  • World Games 2014-2017


Physical Therapist, Co-owner, Vice President, Quinnipiac Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, P.C. Milford, Hamden, North Haven, CT. August 2002- December 2015

  • Responsible for patient care in two of the three owned clinics.

    Shared responsibility of the 20 full and part time employees.


  Physical therapy Consultation, Ergonomic, Yale New Haven Hospital. Department of Pathology. 2009.

  • Anatomy lecture regarding posture, Individual evaluation and ergonomic desk set ups.


       Physical Therapist, Office Director, Quinnipiac Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. Hamden, CT. October 2001-2002

  • Continued director and primary clinician of the Spring Glen

    Physical Therapist, Office Director, Spring Glen Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. Hamden, CT.  April 2000 – October 2001.

  • Director and clinician at two of four independently PT owned

        Physical Therapy offices; Spring Glen Physical Therapy and Sports

        Medicine, Hamden CT, and Shelton Physical Therapy and Sports

                                          Medicine, Shelton CT.

 Physical Therapist, Griffin Hospital Physical Medicine Department, Derby, CT.  November 1997-March 2000

  • Staff physical therapist within community hospital based department, servicing both inpatients and outpatients.
  • Staff member and consulting physical therapist for hospital based Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.
  • Chosen member by the CEO for Growth Inc. consulting group responsible for the development of strategic planning to improve and promote growth of hospital services.
  • Clinical instructor for physical therapy students
  • Assist in medical student education
  • Active mentor for the Sacred Heart University Mentor program
  • Chosen by CEO to head up a sports medicine program at local Ansonia High School

 Physical Therapy Consultant, Education Training, Hamden, CT. April 1998-1999.

  • Responsible for the development and revision of a 50 hour Physical Therapy Aide training program curriculum.

Responsible for the training of newly hired program instructors.

 Exercise Physiologist, Griffin Hospital Physical Medicine Department, Derby, CT. May 1997-September 1997

  • Prescribe and implement therapeutic exercise programs under the guidance of a staff physical therapist.
  • Supervise and monitor phase three cardiac rehabilitation exercise programs as an integral member of a unique multi-faceted Heart Disease Reversal Program within the cardiac rehabilitation department.


 Education:             Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy, April 2011

                                 Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 02115

  • Clinical Orthopaedic concentration

             Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, January 1998

              The University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT 06117.

              College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

  • Graduated with honors, magna cum laude.
  • Selected member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society – Beta Chapter
  • Dean’s List (4 of 4 semesters)
  • President’s list (GPA 3.75 requirement)


    Bachelor of Arts, Physiology of Exercise and Sport, May 1992

   The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH 44691.

  • Distinction of Honors on Senior Thesis
  • Senior thesis published, The Journal of Swimming Research
  • Granted admission for semester at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • All Conference and All American Consideration in Varsity Swimming

 Clinical Affiliations:       

  • Gaylord Hospital Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Outpatient rehabilitation and Sports Medicine rotation.

New Haven, CT  September – October 1997.

  • SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital,

Neuro-rehabilitation, Inpatient and NICU rotation.

Stony Brook, LI. March – May 1997

  • Griffin Hospital Physical Therapy,

Inpatient/ Outpatient general rehabilitation / Wound care rotation.  Derby, CT. May – July 1996.

 PUBLICATIONS:   Becket, K.D. & Steigbigel, K.D. (1993). Effects of Warm Down Techniques on the Removal of Lactic Acid Following Maximal Human Performance. The Journal of Swimming Research, 9, 32-35.

 Certifications and


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CSCS, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), 2003- present
  • APTA and CPTA, 1995- present
  • American Red Cross Instructor for Community CPR 1994- present