Technologies for Recovery

State-Of-The-Art Equipment Offers New Therapy Options

[note: consider adding Macy’s story to this page; also add photos]

Kennedy Krieger offers an expansive array of state-of-the-art technologies and equipment to improve function, reduce muscle atrophy, and stimulate nerves, including rehabilitation equipment designed especially for children and adolescents.

These devices provide the opportunity for repetitive practice of a skill, while allowing patients to engage in familiar, age-appropriate activities.

  • The RT100 & RT300 FES lower extremity ergometers provide electrical stimulation to the muscles of the lower or upper limbs in a set pattern, to allow the patient to power the bicycle. This activity improves muscle bulk and strength and improves cardiovascular health.
  • The Empi 300PV™ Neuromuscular Stimulation (NMES) device generates a low-level electrical stimulus to cause muscle contraction to achieve optimal outcomes in rehabilitation.
  • The MediTouch HandTutor™ is a glove and software system that provides hand biofeedback. Challenging games and biofeedback provide patients with the motivation to continue intensive repetitive fine motor finger and wrist exercises.
  • The MediTouch LegTutor™ system consists of a leg brace and dedicated rehabilitation software, with exercises that are designed in the form of challenging games suitable for a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic injury and diseases.
  • Armeo®Boom and Armeo®Spring therapeutic technologies combine self-directed movement exercises with Augmented Performance Feedback designed to increase range of motion, increase strength and endurance, and facilitate self-initiated movement.
  • The LiteGait® is a gait training device that allows patients to practice walking within the security of a harness, allowing varying degrees of weight bearing without risk of falling. It can be used in a stationary position, as in over a treadmill, or over ground.
  • The RT600 upright FES elliptical sends electrical currents to a patient's arms or legs, signaling limbs to contract and perform a maneuver that would otherwise be impossible, such as pedaling a bike.
  • The TheraStride® Body Weight Support System for Locomotor Training allows individuals to relearn walking by supporting some or all of their weight, while therapists move the lower limbs over a treadmill through the proper gait pattern.
  • The WalkAide® System uses a patented tilt sensor technology that stimulates the common peroneal nerve to lift the foot at the right time during the gait cycle, prompting a more natural, efficient, and safe walking pattern. Users have the freedom to walk with or without footwear, up and down the stairs, and even side step.
  • The split-belt treadmill is a specialized treadmill with a split belt that allows therapists to control direction and speed of each side of the body to help retrain nerves and the brain to walk.
  • Our adaptive aquatic therapy pools offer a range of warm water temperatures and therapeutic treatment options. The two state-of-the-art pools are equipped with underwater treadmills, video systems, sensory temperature controls, and hydraulic lifts that allow the floors to be raised and lowered for easy access by patients in wheelchairs. The buoyancy eliminates stress on the body, letting patients work on increasing muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
  • The GAITrite® gait analysis mat provides valuable data to clinical staff to determine diagnosis and optimize treatment options for those who have difficulty walking.
  • The SaeboMAS is a zero gravity mobile arm support specifically designed to facilitate and challenge the weakened shoulder and elbow during functional tasks and exercise drills.
  • Nintendo Wii offers a dynamic and engaging interactive approach that focuses on improving motor and visual skills, as well as cognition. Therapists use this gaming device because it is both familiar and fun.
  • Numerous iPads and iPad applications assist with reading, writing, and communication and are used to enhance function for those recovering from illnesses or injuries.

The Institute also offers a natural outdoor area designed to offer patients and families a calm and nurturing environment for various rehabilitation activities. The garden features several outdoor "therapy rooms" that allow patients to work on their goals and practice walking on or maneuvering over different types of surfaces, such as gravel, curbs, and grass.

Appointments & Referrals

FIND A SPECIALIST

Publications

Read inspiring stories, news and updates about the Institute's patient care, research, special education, professional training, and community programs.

 

Resource Finder

 

A free resource that provides access to information and support for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.