The Center will employ highly skilled physical and occupational therapists and support staff that specialize in the treatment of individuals with spinal cord injuries and paralysis utilizing the activity based restorative therapies (ABRT) program. The treatment of pediatric inpatient and adult and pediatric outpatient populations occur in a state of the art center equipped with multiple technologically advanced rehabilitative instruments designed to facilitate optimal delivery of the most appropriate rehabilitative interventions. ABRT is customized to each client and delivered under the supervision of highly skilled therapists utilizing different rehabilitative instruments like:
- RT 300 upper and lower extremities ergometer which provides electrical stimulation to the muscles of the lower or upper limbs in a set pattern to allow the client to power the bicycle under their own strength. This activity improves muscle bulk, muscle strength and improves cardiovascular health.
- Standing gliders which allow the client to stand and work on trunk balance while performing reciprocal motions with the upper and lower extremities. The standing glider promotes weight bearing through the lower extremities and improves cardiovascular endurance.
- Partial weight supported gait training system. This piece of equipment allows the client to relearn walking by supporting some or all of the client’s weight while the therapists are moving the lower limbs over a treadmill through the proper gait pattern.
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulators used by therapists on specific muscle groups to promote grasp-release training of the hands and trunk and lower extremities movement.
Cycling with Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
FES works by having a computer send electrical messages to a person’s muscle, causing it to contract in a way that can be used for purposeful movement, such as grasping an object. Riding an FES bike simulates the physical activity that a person normally experiences during an average day. Cycling for one hour is equivalent to walking 6,000 steps.