The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Centre thrives itself on providing a positive, motivational and comfortable atmosphere.
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 facility 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 and guidance from our athletes or team members.
Our Specialised Equipment
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.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES):
FES applies small electrical pulses to paralyzed muscles to restore or improve their function.
FES is commonly used for exercise, but also to assist with transferring, standing and walking. Research has found that FES helps reduce the frequency of pressure sores and that cycling on the FES provides real aerobic exercise in people who otherwise can’t move on their own; it boosts heart and lung function, improves strength and circulation, builds muscle mass, even in people with high quadriplegia.
Total Gym (TG):
The TG is a piece of equipment that offers us the opportunity to allow our patients to weight bear while completing exercises to work other areas of their body such as the core or upper limbs. It also has an attached pully system which can be used to get our clients to pull the platform that they are seated on (ie using their arms to pull their own body weight). Weight bearing is good to help increase/maintain bone mineral density (BMD) in those with SCI. Decreased BMD occurs when there is no longer load placed through the limbs and therefore bones causing them to become brittle and at increased risk of breakage or injury.
Redcord’s patented “bungee assistance” system fully supports the patient through each movement to prevent pain and compensation. You adjust the ropes and bungee cords to maintain proper form and control the assistance, resistance and neuromuscular challenge.
The EasyStand Glider features state-of-the-art active standing technology found in no other stander.
Active standing provides lower body range of motion and upper body strengthening. Unlike passive standers, users move the handles with their arms (or a caregiver can assist) which creates a reciprocal movement in the legs. The full range seat has hinged, break-away sections for each leg that allow full leg extension while standing. This advanced stander enhances the medical benefits of standing and keeps the body in shape for medical breakthroughs. Numerous research studies suggest that use of an active standing frame can positively affect an individual’s health.
Biodex Unweighing System
The Biodex NxStep™ Unweighing System enables partial weight-bearing therapy with open access to the patient. Offloading a percentage of body weight enables the opportunity for early rehabilitation while providing a safe environment for patient and therapist. Therapists can focus on treating their patients, manually facilitating lower extremities.
The dynamic, single-point suspension of NxStep accommodates pelvic rotation and vertical displacement. This encouragement of proper mechanics allows functional gait patterns to be practiced. When used in combination with the Biodex Gait Trainer, a comprehensive gait training environment complete with audio and visual biofeedback, is possible.
NxStep™ Unweighing System allows full and partial weight bearing without compromising proper gait kinematics. Depending on walking speed, up to four inches of vertical displacement is permitted while the system maintains a consistent level of unweighing. When pelvic stabilization is necessary, retention cords are provided that can be adjusted for degree of pelvic rotation.
The ability to allow pelvic rotation has its own advantages. Unlike two-point suspension systems that have a tendency to restrict rotation on a horizontal plane, the single-point method of NxStep permits functional pelvic rotation and versatility when walking, side-stepping, retro-walking and turning. Patients can engage in reactive postural control exercises or change direction without repositioning the entire support system. The unique, forward corner-mounted design of NxStep enables many advantages. Therapists can view patients from all angles; patients have full visibility of treadmill display and, the open design allows natural arm swing, an essential component to encourage neuroplasticity.