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Technologies for Brain Injury Recovery

STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT OFFERS NEW THERAPY OPTIONS

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 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 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 has a therapeutic 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.

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