The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Centre thrives
itself on providing a positive, motivational and comfortable atmosphere with specialist recovery services.
Being a home away from home, our facility is bright, open and welcoming to both our clients as well as their families and support networks.
We aim to provide a “communal hub” to those seeking information about (sci) recovery, as well as students wanting to further their education in exercise physiology or similar qualifications in the neurological field.
Our kitchen and “chill out” area is open to visitors during operating hours that want to drop by to meet our team, find out about our programs or even seek mentoring from our clients or directors.
We provide use of our specialised equipment to our clients during our training sessions and to ensure the best outcomes for our clients, our team is constantly researching and keeping up to date with new options and technologically advanced equipment available for spinal cord injury recovery.
Spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time and it’s not just about being in a wheelchair – but about lack of control, independence and freedom.
The spinal cord consists of a complex bundle of nerves running from the brain to the base of the spine. This acts as a telecommunications system between the brain and the body, thereby enabling the body to function properly.
These messages from the brain to the body are not only responsible for movement and control of muscles and organs, but also convey the sensation of pain, pleasure, touch, pressure as well as telling the body when all or part of it is hot or cold.
A damaged or severed spinal cord means the use of limbs below the level of injury is impossible: a broken neck often deprives the person of their arms and hands, as well as legs; but also bowel and bladder control; and sometimes the ability to breathe unaided.
The main causes for a spinal cord injury are:
Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) are allied health professionals that hold a four-year equivalent university degree and specialise in exercise prescription and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability.
Myotherapists are highly skilled in the use of massage to reduce tension and pain in the body’s muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Our therapists are highly skilled in the use of additional instrumental methods in order to restore normal function to the musculoskeletal system.
Dietitians are essential members of the health team who create strategies to enable clients to achieve their food and nutrition related goals using evidence-based practice.
Remedial massage therapists on the other hand work exclusively with a variety of manipulative massage techniques to eliminate muscular tension and aid relaxation. Practitioners generally only make use of their hands, sometimes with the aid of massage oils.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual.