FES Cycling | Locomotor Training | Patterning
Our Physical Therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and help prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of members suffering from injuries or disabilities. They can help restore, maintain and promote overall fitness and health.
Our Physical Therapists will evaluate the patient then develop an individualized activity-based therapy program based on individual needs, abilities and goals. We strive to increase cardiovascular fitness, strength, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, balance, and coordination.
Our rehabilitation therapists are dedicated to providing exceptional care in a professional atmosphere. They are constantly challenging patients to reach new goals. Some of the interventions provide include but are not limited to:
FES or Functional Electrical Stimulation is used to help retrain the muscles (and brain) on a specific movements. The picture above is using a electric recumbent style bike with Functional Electrical Stimulation to help train the muscles when they should be firing during the recumbent cycle.
Locomotor Training is an intervention in which a patient is suspended into the air over a treadmill (or ground) in a body weight support system or unit pictured above. The therapist then helps facilitate the progression of the leg(s). This procedure helps to retrain the brain how to move again. The therapist mimics the normal gait sequence with the patient helping to initiate as well.
Patterning is the theory that by performing a movement repetitively and at high RPMs we can stimulate neuroplasticity. By utilizing the Quadriciser (pictured above) we can perform upper and lower extremity repetitive movement that simulates the natural patterns of walking. It is passive/active in the sense that the patient can work with the machine for a more active workout, or they can let the machine work and become totally passive. The concept of this machine is that it utilizes repetitive motions to help retrain the brain and muscles. Grip assist gloves are available and can help support even the most involved individual.