Physical Therapy and Wellness

NeuroHope currently staffs physical therapists that specialize in neurologic recovery and are devoted to bettering the lives of individuals living with spinal cord injury, brain injury or stroke.  NeuroHope works in collaboration with the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy.

Some of the therapy tools listed on this page (PowerStep Training) are not offered anywhere in Indiana.  Activity based therapies such as these are leading to significant advances in the understanding of how the brain and spinal cord are wired and their capacity to rewire after injury and disease.

Through continued fundraising, NeuroHope will add these resources to its exisiting services in an effort to form the finest outpatient facility in Indiana.

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Floor and Mat Work

Stretching and core exercises are a vital part of any rehabilitation or wellness program. Above all else, we want to make sure patients continue to have access to specialists after they leave inpatient rehabilitation, and continue to have access to trainers to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Therapy at NeuroHope gets individuals out of their chairs and working hard.  We focus on functional activities to improve muscular and cardiovascular health, that help alleviate the complications that come hand in hand with SCI (bladder infections, pressure sores, range of motion, spasticity).

The benefits of improving health through regular exercise have proven to reduce hospital re-admission rates and health care costs, benefitting hospitals, insurers, patients and caregivers.

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EasyStand / NuStep

NeuroHope features access to an EasyStand gliding standing frame and NuStep recumbent stepper to help provide heathly range of motion and a full body workout for a wide variety of injury levels.

It is important for anyone affected by paralysis to spend time out of a seated position to improve bone density, circulation, muscle integrity and more.

 

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FES Arm and Leg Cycle

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a rehabilitation technique that applies electrical current to muscle.  FES stimulates peripheral nerves that connect the spinal cord to the muscles. 

FES Stimulation of nerves evokes patterned movement of the legs or the arms.  FES enables muscles to perform work even though an individual may have lost all or some voluntary control of the muscles.

Regular access to FES can significantly help cardiovascular health and prevent muscle atrophy.

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PowerStep Training

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PowerStep locomotor training involves a body-weight support treadmill and assistance from trained specialists.  This therapy provides repetitive sensory input normally associated with the motor task of walking.

Weight bearing, balance, motor control, gait, cardiovascular health, respiratory strength and, ultimately, quality of life can all be improved through locomotor training.

PowerStep training is a staple of the research being conducted by the Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN).  No two patients respond to the therapy in exactly the same way, yet is has been found that all NRN patients experience change as a result of Locomotor Training.  These changes can include improved recovery of independent walking and/or improvements in overall health and well-being. 

NeuroHope aims to become the first facility in Indiana with a PowerStep system.

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Hydroworx Aqua Therapy

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Pool therapy is an excellent therapeutic tool.  Water provides buoyancy, which offers significantly less pressure on the joints and spine.  When immersed in water up to the neck the amount of weight pressing down on the body is reduced by 90%.  Water up to the waist reduces pressure by 50%. 

Water is also a medium that supports and assists movement.  It offers a safe and pain-free setting to focus on regaining strength and joint range of motion. 

HydroWorx pools feature an underwater treadmill to assist with gait training and a built-in camera system to to provide adequate clinician feedback.

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Hocoma Lokomat

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Robotic locomotion uses functional movement and sensory stimulation, which can play vital roles in rehabilitation following neurologic injury. 

The Lokomat system provides this therapy by assisting with the motion of walking.    This is a revolutionary tool for gait-impaired patients and has been shown to improve mobility and wellness in individuals following spinal cord injury, stroke, or other neurologic disorders.

 

 

 

 

Nondiscrimination Policy:

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, NeuroHope of Indiana Inc. does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the ground of race, color, national origin, disability, or age.  This applies to admissions, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by NeuroHope of Indiana Inc. directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which NeuroHope of Indiana Inc. arranges to carry out its programs and activities.  This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these three statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations parts 80, 84, and 91.

In case of questions, please contact: NeuroHope of Indiana, Inc. Section 504 Coordinator: Chris Leeuw, President

Telephone Number: 317-525-8386 (State Relay number: 800-743-3333)