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The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury employs highly skilled physical and occupational therapists and support staff that specializes in the treatment of individuals with spinal cord injuries and related disorders utilizing activity based restorative therapies (ABRT). 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:
- Upper and lower extremities ergometers which provide 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 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.
- Spring System that embraces the whole arm, from shoulder to hand, and counterbalances an adjustable part of the weight of the patient’s arm, enhancing residual function and neuromuscular control, assisting active movement across a large 3D workspace offering various self-initiated repetitive therapies to increase a patient’s range of motion and selective control.
- Boom System that facilitates upper extremity functional movements via an overhead sling suspension system with low inertia to provide an adjustable amount of arm weight support and allow patients to perform self-directed, free movement exercises of the impaired arm in a large 3D workspace.
- Dynamic mobile arm support system that is a zero gravity upper extremity device specifically designed to facilitate and challenge the weakened shoulder and elbow during functional tasks and exercise drills. Patients suffering from neurological and orthopedic conditions and who exhibit proximal weakness can benefit from the much needed support and facilitation. The mobile arm support can help patients with decreased upper extremity function improve their motor skills and muscle coordination and support re-learning of specific movements.
- Vibration Plate that utilizes Whole Body Vibration (WBV) technology to imitate mechanical strains on the bone that occur during physical activity. At the center, we have the ability to mount our vibration plate to a supported stander for people who may have trouble standing on it safely and independently. Studies have shown that WBV can offer the benefits of modulation of spasticity, and has been shown to improve walking function by increasing cadence, step length, and walking speed in patients with spinal cord injury.
- Peripheral eye gaze tracker system that enhances computer accessibility with the speed, power, and accuracy of gaze interaction. This device replaces the standard computer mouse and allows patients to navigate and control a computer using only their eyes.
- Our state-of-the-art therapy gym provides patients with access to the latest advancements in gait training and electrical stimulation.
The activity based restorative therapies occur in a busy place where clients of all ages receive rehabilitation, have fun, work hard, and improve their lives.
Aquatic Therapy Pools
Aquatic therapy uses water as a therapeutic environment. Water functions as a natural, low-impact exercise environment that requires effort proportionate to the speed of motion. Patients of all functional levels are able to participate in this therapy.
Staffed by therapists certified in advanced aquatic techniques, the three pools provide a range of temperatures and treatment options. One has an in-built treadmill specifically to retrain patients in walking. Of the other two pools, one also has a treadmill and can accommodate therapists to assist patients in the pool with their gait pattern. The floors of both pools actually can be moved up or down using remote control. The pools include video systems for monitoring therapy activities, sensory temperature controls to accommodate care needs, and hydraulic lifts that allow the floors to be raised and lowered for easy access by patients in wheelchairs.