Information about finding the right rehabilitation facility for you, learn about the SCI Model System Centers, and rehab resources.
5.1. Spinal Moves-ABT Therapy Podcast
Spinal Moves-ABT Therapy Podcast Series
The Activity Based Therapy Community of Practice (ABT CoP) is excited to announce the launch of Spinal Moves, a Canadian podcast conversation about activity-based therapy, a novel intervention used to improve recovery for people with spinal cord injury. Our hosts Hope Jervis Rademeyer and Anita Kaiser chat with people living with spinal cord injury, clinicians who work in neurological settings, and researchers who study activity-based therapy.
5.2. NextStep Fitness- Locations: AZ, CA, GA, FL, MO, NC, NV-Out of US
is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that makes
life-changing rehab accessible and affordable to those living with
NextStep's paralysis recovery centers are located in Los Angeles (HQ), Atlanta, Orlando, Kansas City, Raleigh, Phoenix, Las Vegas, the Ukraine and New Zealand.
Our centers are affordable, state-of-the-art, and community-based
providing hope after paralysis. By offering standardized activity-based
therapy programs and interventions, based on research; our center
provides the best chance for recovery, independence, and health.
5.3. NeuroRecovery Network-Locations: CO, KY, PA, NJ, OH
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, NeuroRecovery Network® (NRN) is a cooperative network of cutting- edge rehabilitation centers and community fitness and wellness gyms designed to provide and develop evidence-based interventions that promote functional recovery and improve the health and quality of life for people living with paralysis. Each of the NRN clinical centers, pediatric clinical centers, and community fitness and wellness facilities are staffed with professionals who have received specialized training to deliver the NRN’s activity-based therapies.
5 participating Clinical Sites: NRN clinical centers offer intensive activity-based therapies for people living with paralysis. You can locate the contact information for the clinical sites (listed below) at this link: https://www.christopherreeve.org/research/our-rehabilitation-network/nrn-clinical-centers
Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO
Frazier Rehab Institute, Louisville, KY
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Kessler Institute For Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ
Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Community Fitness and Wellness Facilities
Community Fitness and Wellness Facilities (CFWF) deliver standardized activity-based exercises based on current scientific and clinical evidence. CFWs create a complete fitness and wellness program that incorporates Locomotor Training, electrical stimulation with cycling, cardiovascular conditioning and strength training.
You can locate the contact information for the participating CFWF facilities at the following link: https://www.christopherreeve.org/research/our-rehabilitation-network/community-fitness-and-wellness-facilities.
5.4. Barwis Neuro-Recovery Programs (FL) (MI) (CO)
Barwis Neurological Re-Engineering with locations in FL, MI & CO
SERVING THOSE WITH NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES.
BARWIS helps people regain motor function through Neurological Reengineering — the process of using the cutting-edge BARWIS Applied Scientific Techniques and the BARWIS Methods to increase a person’s neuromuscular activation and control. This is the core of the injury recovery programs provided by BARWIS where they help the brain to relocate, activate, and control muscle fibers. Our strength coaches are hands-on and provide applied methods of re-establishing and creating pathways to increase neural stimulus and motor control. The BARWIS non-profit First Step Foundation helps people get access to these programs if they require financial assistance.
5.5. Walk it Off: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Walk it Off: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Neuro-Recovery and Physiotherapy
The focus is on stimulating response in the paralyzed or weak areas
of the body through core strengthening and repetitive, load bearing
exercise. You will be out of your chair for the majority of your session
while our Trainers assist you in exercise that moves your body through
Health Maintenance and Para-Sport Specific Conditioning
Our program will assist you in improving cardiovascular fitness while
maintaining muscle mass and bone density to provide the physical
foundation to compliment other therapy programs and to coincide with
future medical advances.
If you are involved or interested in para-sports/activities, our
Trainers can develop a conditioning program to help you enhance your
5.6. Destination Walk: Springdale, AR
Destination Walk: Springdale, AR
Walk is a 501c3 non-profit corporation committed to providing a
non-traditional, high-intensity, activity-based neurorecovery program
with the express purpose of pushing recovery to it’s farthest potential
for function, health and independence. We offer a positive and
encouraging environment dedicated to developing a creative, client
specific exercise program focused on meeting each individual’s goals
5.7. Abilities Recovery Center, CA
Recovery Center works with people who have become paralyzed following a
severe injury or illness, by enhancing the connection to their nervous
system, so that they may move, feel, function and walk again.
Our facility, The Abilities Recovery Center, in Los Angeles
California, offers specialized fitness programs combined with cutting
edge equipment that allows our clients access to the essential standing
exercises, and to safely learn how to walk again.
Activity Based Exercise
Activity Based Exercise is a one-on-one session with a specialist
ranging from one to three hours. These sessions are physically demanding
and combine many modalities devised from the functional goals
determined between the client and specialist.
Functional Electrical Stimulation
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a well established technique
that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves
(the “lower motor neurons” that connect the spinal cord muscles)
generating muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity.
For ambulating clients a more conventional gait analysis and re-training
will be completed with a focus on returning to a natural and efficient
5.8. Challenge Center: La Mesa, CA
Challenge Center is an exceptional not-for-profit 501(c)(3) restoring
health, hope, and lives. The Center provides skilled physical therapy,
specialized fitness, and wellness programs to rehabilitate, increase
independence, and improve the quality of life for individuals with
severe physical disabilities, their families, and caregivers. With its
licensed staff, physical therapy and assisted fitness programs, and
state-of-the-art equipment; Challenge Center surpasses every goal by
providing the continuum of care often missed by other limited resources.
Challenge Center Scholarship Fund
Many of the Center's clients had reached their insurance coverage
limit before coming to Challenge Center and thought they had no options
to continue improving their function. The Center's Scholarship Fund
restores hope - up to $15,000 a year - to those with disabilities who
have been financially decimated by their circumstances.
Challenge Center Services
Challenge Center provides opportunities for people to regain independence and maintain their health. Services address
Spinal Cord Injury
5.9. C.O.R.E.-Northridge, CA
C.O.R.E. Centers SCI Networking Group
Center of Restorative Exercise (C.O.R.E.)
9667 Reseda Blvd. Northridge, CA 91324
5.10. Precision Rehabilitation-Long Beach, CA
Precision Rehabilitationis a physical therapy clinic specializing in neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation also providing speech pathology and acupuncture treatments.
3294 East Spring Street Long Beach, CA 90806 (562) 988-3570 d Wednesday of every month
5.11. STRIDES SCI Functional Fitness: Juan Capistrano, CA
STRIDES SCI Functional Fitness: Juan Capistrano, CA
Strides provides individuals living with a
spinal cord injury and paralysis the means to increase the ability to
perform activities of daily living. We are determined to assist those
with a spinal cord injury and paralysis to reach their short and long
term goals, through our services. These goals are achieved through our
combined 30 years of experience, education, and training to develop the
mind and body for optimum performance. We are determined to create a
community and environment promoting healing through support, friendship,
encouragement, a sense of purpose, and overall well-being.
Our functional fitness programs are
specific to spinal cord injury and paralysis, and are designed to help
individuals with mobility while challenging the limits of believed
possibilty. We aim to inspire, educate, encourage, support, and push our
clients to their full potential. Our specialized programs include joint
flexion, extension, rotation, skeletal loading, strength building,
cardiovascular fitness, biomechanics of human movement, specialized gait
training, joint stabilization, standing, and circulation. Our primary
goal for each client is to be out of their chair for their entire
session with us.
5.12. The Perfect Step - Claremont, CA
The Perfect Step is a world-renowned facility helping people with paralysis live healthier lives through exercise-based therapy, research initiatives, and a passionate supportive community.
The Perfect Step began in a small converted racquetball court in 2007
to provide therapy to Hal Hargrave after a tragic automobile accident.
The local paralysis community took notice which sparked the creation of
what is now known as The Perfect Step – a 7000 square-foot facility that
treats paralysis along with many different neurological ailments and
Why You Should Train at The Perfect Step
Most therapy for paralysis is based on old-school science designed to
make life more comfortable inside your wheelchair. At The Perfect Step
we leverage the latest data and discoveries to push the limits of what
is possible for people living with paralysis so you can live your
healthiest life Wheelchair Free
All exercises are performed with you out of your wheelchair to get your body moving and build your strength.
Retrain Your Brain
We use the science of PNAR (Patterned Neural Activity Recruitment™) to
reorganize your nervous system and/or rebuild your brains pathways to
get more tangible outcomes than traditional therapy
Get Expert Help
You’re in good hands with our “Certified Paralysis Recovery
Specialists™” – they’ve spent thousands of hours helping people like
Join a Community
You’ll join a community of people who are passionately committed to living life to the fullest despite the reality of paralysis.
5.13. NeuAbility - Denver, CO
is a comprehensive rehabilitative wellness center in Denver, CO. We
offer a suite of progressive, adaptive movement-based programs for
individuals living with paralysis.
NeuAbility serves the broad paralysis community. Communities served
include: Paraplegia, Quadriplegia, Spinal Cord Injury, Spina Bifida,
Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Auto Immune Disease, NMO and
To participate in any of our programs listed below, individuals must
complete an application which includes a physician’s approval and
disclosure of any complications.
Programs & Services
NeuAbility offers a safe, high-intensity program designed to promote
overall wellness & quality of life for individuals affected by
paralysis. Our Adaptive Exercise Specialists provide one-on-one,
exercise-based program tailored to meet individual needs for
participants of any age, appropriate during any stage of rehabilitation.
This comprehensive, total-body program empowers participants to
maximize their strength, confidence, and independence.
Open Gym offers members the use of our state-of-the-art facility and
adaptive exercise equipment to use at their own pace. The Open Gym
program is open during regular business hours and gives individuals
access to weight-bearing equipment, weight and cardio equipment and can
be combined with one-on-one sessions (at no additional charge) to
maximize value. Participants can choose to sign up for a comprehensive
package which includes our accessory programs: such as yoga, circuit
courses and professional-led group discussions.
Through Medicaid and the HCBS-SCI waiver, we offer alternative therapies
that include acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy. To verify
your eligibility and enroll, visit: State of Colorado Healthcare Policy
and Finance for SCI Waiver. These services are also available on a
private pay basis, for individuals who don’t qualify under the given
5.14. PEAK Center at Craig Hospital-Englewood, CO
Center at Craig Hospital is an adaptive health and wellness center serving
individuals with neurologic disabilities in order to optimize their recovery
and to create a lifelong plan for their health and wellness.
5.15. Brooks Neuro Recovery Center: Jacksonville, FL
Brooks Neuro Recovery Centers (NRC) are a state-of-the art rehabilitation
center offering specialized equipment for customized rehabilitation
during and after traditional therapy has been completed. This unique gym
allows you to continue ongoing exercise and conditioning to maintain
and improve functional movement and abilities. Members receive access to
our cutting edge technology and can utilize the gym up to six days per
Physical Therapy technology utilized:
- Zero G
- Body weight supported treadmill
- FES elliptical
- Motorized elliptical
- Bioness L300
- Aquatic therapy
- Wheelchair evaluations
Independent Program Equipment and Services offered:
- FES cycle
- Armeo spring
- Bioness H200
- Sabeo glove
- Circuit training
- Personal training
5.16. CORE-Center of Recovery & Exercise: Altamonte Springs, FL
CORE-Center of Recovery & Exercise: Altamonte Springs, FL
CORE was founded to give those living with spinal cord injury or other neurological conditions a place to challenge devastating diagnoses and Move Beyond Paralysis. The CORE culture emphasize goal setting in a high energy, positive environment with a training team dedicated to helping clients reach their highest potential. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and groundbreaking neurorehabilitation techniques, CORE brings hope and hard work together to achieve more.
Every neurological injury is unique and CORE can easily adapt our program to meet the needs of the individual regardless of age, ability and the years post injury. The CORE program is designed to restore strength, regain endurance and recover neuromuscular function in individuals with the following neurological conditions:
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Transverse Myelitis
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Spinal Stenosis
5.17. Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. FL
Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. is an outpatient physical
therapy clinic specialized in the rehabilitation of neurological and
spinal cord injuries. We are changing the way people view physical
therapy. We establish long-lasting compassionate relationships with our
Our expert team uses state of the art equipment and treatment
techniques to stimulate, facilitate and rehabilitate complex spine
We are committed to helping you maximize your independence by working
together with you to set individualized goals. We hope to optimize the
quality of your movements and improve your performance and function
5.18. Neurofit 360: Pembroke Pines, FL
Neurofit 360: Pembroke Pines, FL
NeuroFit 360’s mission is to challenge you and push the boundaries of
traditional rehab in a way that no other therapy has before. We welcome
all abilities with a focus on neurological injuries. Our only
requirements during our intensive therapy program are your hard work and
commitment. Regardless of the level and severity of your injury, we
firmly believe that through the combination of our innovative
technology, cutting-edge treatment plans, skilled staff, and your hard
work, anything is possible.
NeuroFit 360 is a state of the art facility that offers high-tech
equipment like the Eksobionic exoskeleton, as well as low-tech equipment
like our standing frames and weight machines to aid in your recovery.
Our entire facility is designed with the clients’ needs in mind.
A hybrid outpatient facility and wheelchair accessible gym, Neurofit 360
caters to the needs of neurologically injured or physically limited
clients. We pride ourselves with our out-of-the-box, creative, and
innovative thinking. Our physical-therapist-guided and evidence-based
treatment plans are individually established based on your identified
needs, evaluated functional deficits, and finally, are delivered with
the highest standards of care. NeuroFit 360’s personalized and intensive
clinical process will help you meet your recovery, and functional goals
5.19. StayInStep: Tampa, FL
StayInStep: Tampa, FL
The Stay In Step SCI Recovery Center (SIS) is a non-profit veteran
founded rehabilitation facility that provides activity-based exercise
programs for patients with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and other
neurological disorders. SIS is a unique long-term rehabilitation center
that also provides a supportive family environment. The caring staff of
SIS have worked tirelessly to create a motivating environment that
utilizes advanced therapeutic techniques, modern equipment and “out of
the box” thinking to challenge those suffering from a spinal cord
injury, traumatic brain injury and/or paralysis to increase their
functionality as well as quality of life.
5.20. Beyond Therapy-Atlanta, GA
The Beyond Therapy program at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. GA is a rigorous, activity-based therapy program designed to help people with a variety of neurological disorders, including spinal cord injury, improve their lifelong health, minimize secondary complications and get the most out of any new neural links to their muscles.
5.21. Movement Revolution – Chicago and Deerfield, IL
Movement Revolution provides specialized personal training services
for people with chronic and neurological conditions at any stage of
their disease or diagnosis. The earlier we can intervene with
symptom-specific exercises, the more we can help our clients manage
their condition. Our diverse team of Exercise Physiologist’s have vast
experience with chronic diseases and neurological conditions including
but not limited to: Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis,
traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, chronic spinal conditions,
and orthopedic conditions. This is where we bridge the gap between
clinical rehabilitation and continued exercise.
Ideally, we see clients immediately following their diagnosis. This
allows us to address movement asymmetries and symptoms, big and small,
so they don’t become larger problems later in life. For those more
seasoned with their condition, we are confident that we have the
equipment and knowledge to support each client in reaching a higher
functional level. Transitioning into exercise immediately following
outpatient therapy is incredibly important. Our program offers a
complimentary session to transition patients seamlessly from outpatient
therapies to continued exercise. Our exercise physiologist will attend a
regularly scheduled therapy session, meet the therapist and client,
establish discharge goals, and note any contraindications or assisted
needs. We also work with clients in conjunction with their outpatient
therapies under the guidance of their therapist. This is a great way to
extend Medicare and insurance benefits.
Movement Revolution’s services are exercise based, all personal
training and group exercise classes are private pay. We may provide
financial assistance for those in need and will help seek
grant/scholarship opportunities. Participation in our exercise program
does not interfere with clinical visits or reimbursement for physical,
occupational, or speech therapies.
Personal training sessions are held at our Neuro Intensive Training
Centers in Chicago and Deerfield. In-home sessions are also available.
5.22. Next Steps Chicago: Willow Springs, IL
Next Steps Chicago: Willow Springs, IL
NextSteps offers a unique fusion of physical therapists, physical
therapist assistants and personal trainers working closely together to
provide activity-based locomotor therapy for people with neurological
conditions. We are the first non-profit physical therapy and exercise
facility devoted to the rehabilitation and overall wellness of people
living with neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries,
traumatic brain injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, and more. NextSteps is
devoted to offering patients an exercise/rehabilitation facility that
will aid them in taking their next step towards a more functional,
independent, and healthy lifestyle. Not only is NextSteps committed to
helping patients regain a higher quality of life, but also to support
the advancement of scientific research that will aid in the treatment of
spinal cord injury.
5.23. TryAbilityRehab: Downers Grove, IL
Try Ability Neurorecovery Center
NEVER. STOP. TRYING
That is what we believe at TRYAbility. No matter what your injury or illness; at TRYAbility our mission is to help our patients reach their goals and continually stretch their abilities. We understand what it is like to have your life completely changed, sometimes in an instant, by an illness or injury, and how difficult it can be to get up and try to better yourself everyday.
An injury, disease, or illness can rid you of control in your life. TRYAbility is here to help you take it back. Our unique brand of rehabilitation incorporates the best technology with unmatched expertise of licensed, certified, and registered clinicians. Our therapeutic environment is second to none and our outcomes speak for themselves.
Come to the next level of rehabilitation at TRYAbility.
5.24. Gathering Strength: Louisville, KY
Gathering Strength: Louisville, KY
The mission of Gathering Strength, Inc. is to: Empower people with physically
disabling conditions to maintain and improve their health and wellness
by ensuring access to therapeutic physical activity.
Gathering Strength’s goals are to help people:
- Improve quality of life.
- Maximize function regardless of disabling condition.
- Improve cardiometabolic factors, such as risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
- Improve endurance and strength.
- Increase knowledge about how to improve fitness and wellness.
- Increase a sense of belonging and wellbeing.
Gathering Strength works to assure that people with disabling conditions have:
- physically accessible locations for therapeutic exercise.
- accessible equipment for fitness and wellness activities.
- Improved access, regardless of income, to therapeutic physical activity.
- Access to specialized therapeutic exercise interventions such as neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
- Access to activity-based techniques that engage the whole body, regardless of impairment.
- Access to specially trained professionals to assist with therapeutic exercise.
- Information about improving health and wellness, including resources about nutrition, stress reduction, and fitness.
5.25. AccesSportAmerica - Acton, MA
AccesSportAmerica adapts sports that
the most agile of athletes can find challenging and brings these sports
to children and adults living with disabilities. The exhilaration
inherent in each sport fosters positive change in function and fitness
as well as attitude, and the expectation for a life lived with a
Athletes, through individually developed programs, experience a
series of unparalleled accomplishments. Over 2,000 athletes participate
annually year round.
Gait Training Program
We’ve specialized in gait training for close to 15 years. Nothing we’ve
done or seen makes similar progress in training and retraining people to
walk with gait issues. Our Gait Trainer was developed over the past
five years with to provide a low cost means for high repetition of
perfect gait patterns.
AccesSportAmerica has been working with the Boston Public Schools,
providing them with an extensive soccer and conditioning program, for
nearly 15 years. We generally work with the high school population, as
they attend for seven years (until age 22).
Hi Challenge Sports Programs
Windsurfing – Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing – Rowing/ Sculling – Stand
Up Paddling/Surfing – Kayaking – Cycling – Soccer – Tennis – Personal
5.26. Journey Forward-Canton, MA
Journey Forward is a not-for-profit recovery-based exercise therapy program for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease in Massachusetts.
5.27. Project Walk Boston MA
Project Walk Boston
After realizing that traditional PT was not as efficient as
it could have been for Victoria, Jacqueline and Larry Arlen took their daughter
to the Project Walk Headquarters in San Diego. During their three month stay
they could see that Victoria was making progress in her recovery, but they knew
that they could not stay forever. Jacqueline understood that Victoria
was going to need to keep going with this training in order to recover, but
also realized that there are a number of people on the east coast who would
benefit from this type of activity-based recovery training.
Prior to opening the doors of their own facility, Jacqueline
was tasked with hiring trainers. She knew that not just any employee
would do. She was looking for people with large hearts; people with a
desire to make a difference in the world. John, Daniele, and Stephanie were
chosen to help Jacqueline’s vision take flight. The three trainers packed
their bags and headed west to San Diego for a month’s worth of education that
included classroom training, detailed exams, practical exams, and countless
hours of real-life, hands-on training.
The three trainers returned home just in time to get to work
in the new facility. No, not with training clients, but with painting,
debris removal, and even table building. It was all hands-on deck as the
whole team worked diligently to get the facility ready for their grand opening.
After a few weeks’ worth of “dirty work” the facility was almost ready
for sharing with the world. With a few final touches and a snowy grand
opening in January 2015, clients were able to begin training and become a part
of our Project Walk Boston family.
A little over a year later, the staff had doubled in size.
Clients continued to come not just from the east coast, but from all over
the world. Locally, Project Walk Boston has established thriving
relationships with Spaulding Hospital, Northeast Rehabilitation, and many other
local physical therapy facilities. Clients have come in from as far as
India, Singapore, and Austria to be trained by the best.
Also in 2016, Project Walk Boston established an amazing
relationship with the University of Massachusetts Lowell and their Exercise
Science program. Having had two trainers go through the exercise science
program, it was an easy decision to create a Senior Practicum site at Project
Walk Boston. Shortly after, it became the most sought-after site that the
program had to offer. The Senior Practicum program has paid its dividends for
both Project Walk and the students, as they get to have some hands-on time with
some clients, and two of them have been hired on full time after their the
completion of their senior year.
Victoria was able to continue her training at the facility
that her mother runs. She trained hard and she trained often. She
became a beacon of hope to other clients and her other followers throughout the
social media world. Her hard work would soon pay off as she progressed
past every obstacle that was thrown her way. She was able to take her
first unassisted steps, and then eventually learn to walk again. She
really started to find her way. She accepted a job working with ESPN, and
later was featured on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, making it to the
semi-finals. It was quite a whirlwind.
Since its opening, Project Walk has been able to add much
needed equipment to aid with recovery. The biggest equipment acquisition
was the G-EO Revolution by REHA Technology. This state-of-the-art robotic
assisted gait training machine has changed the way our staff can gait train
with clients. The machine has also allowed us to have more of an impact
with our pediatric clients, helped us to establish our pediatric program, and
even lead us to change part of the facility to a more child-friendly training
Starting fresh in 2019, Project Walk Boston now has 7
trainers, nearly 30 consistent pediatric clients, and over 90 adult clients
that train throughout the month. Thanks to hard work and dedication by the
entire staff, Project Walk Boston is now recognized throughout the world.
They have been featured in newspapers, magazines, and national
television. The training staff members continue to go above and beyond
for all of their clients and strive to reinforce the family feeling that was
already present from the first time the doors were opened.
Project Walk Boston
20 Portsmouth Ave
Stratham, NH 03885
Phone: (603) 583-5119
Monday ……………. 9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday ……………. 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday ………. 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday ………….. 9 am – 6 pm
Friday ……………….. 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday …………… By Appointment Only
Sunday ……………… Closed
5.28. Kennedy Krieger-Baltimore, MD
Kennedy Krieger's Activity Based Restorative Therapies (ABRT) help
patients with spinal cord injuries perform activities that prompt your nervous
system to “remember” how to move.
Here at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury,
doctors and physical therapists use innovative rehabilitation programs to help
people with paralysis gain improved health and quality of life. Many of them
recover some degree of sensation, movement and independence.
Activity Based Restorative Therapies (ABRT)
For many years, it was assumed that recovery was only
possible within the first year after injury. Therapy solely focused on teaching
the newly injured how to live in a wheelchair and compensate for your
paralysis. The goal of ABRT at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury
is to increase mobility by activating the nervous system above and below the
level of your injury, encouraging your brain and nervous system to form new
connections, even after many years with paralysis. These therapies can also
help you avoid common complications of paralysis such as osteoporosis, skin
breakdown, infection, cardiovascular decline, and other signs of premature
aging, which are costly to treat and detrimental to your overall quality of
ABRT at the Center includes a variety of therapeutic
activities, including functional electrical stimulation, repetitive intensive
practice of functional activities, weight-bearing, locomotor training, and gait
In addition to working with our patients, we also
to professionals who want to learn more about ABRT.
Functional electrical stimulation (FES)
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) works by having a
computer send electrical messages to your muscle, causing it to contract in a
way that can be used for purposeful movement, such as grasping an object.
Functional eletrical stimulation is often used in combination with other
Riding an FES bike simulates the physical activity that a
person normally experiences during an average day. Cycling for one hour is
equivalent to walking 6,000 steps.
Water supports about 90% of a person’s weight and
provides a unique therapeutic environment. People with paralysis can perform
activities in water that would be impossible for them on land. This
therapy, like cycling an FES bike, can provide the patterned stimulation
needed to promote activation of the nervous system.
See the benefits of aquatic therapy in action
Partial weight supported walking (PWSW)
In partial weight supported walking therapy, the patient is
suspended in a harness, which allows you to walk over an electric treadmill at
a very low speed.
If you are not able to start stepping on your own, two
therapists help move your legs to ensure an efficient and technically correct
gait. Gait training allows you to relearn natural walking while recovering
You'll bear progressively more weight as their gait patterns
are established. If you have an incomplete spinal cord injury, the PWSW is
followed or complemented by traditional over-ground walking.
Strengthening and Practicing Activities
You will also spend therapy time working on strengthening
the core muscles of your trunk and abdomen, which you use to sit and stand. In
addition, we will spend time on standing activities to prepare for more
patterned activities that simulate walking. Our therapy center is equipped
rehabilitative equipment that is often incorporated into these therapy
Depending on your individual goals, therapy will also
include practicing specific tasks that will help promote your recovery and work
towards your objectives. For some patients, this may include practicing
grasping, so they can achieve independence in dressing themselves. For other patients,
this may be improving grip strength, in order to complete transfers more
What to Expect from Therapy at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Your doctor and therapy team will evaluate your medical
history and conduct a thorough physical exam before your first therapy session.
This lets them adapt therapy to your capabilities. They will regularly
re-evaluate you throughout your therapy to ensure your treatment remains safe
Your therapy is focused on you and the goals you set with
your physician and therapist; therapy sessions typically last three to four
In addition to medical services, physical therapy, and
occupational therapy, we offer a variety of additional services to
help you achieve your goals, both in therapy and in your community.
Request an Appointment
an Online Appointment
for Spinal Cord Injury
Spine Center Clinic Hours
Monday & Thursday: 8 am – 7 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8 am - 6 pm
Saturday: as needed (no medical appointments)
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5.29. TheraFit Gym: Westminster, MD; Lutherville, MD
TheraFit Gym: Westminster, MD; Lutherville, MD
Rehab offers physical therapy in Westminster Md, Timonium Md, Woodlawn
Md, and Middletown Nj. We are dedicated to providing specialized,
activity-based rehabilitation & fitness programs to children,
adults, and seniors with disabilities. We strive to rehabilitate our
patients and restore their quality of life. Our specialized facility
offers fully accessible and adaptive equipment including the
serve people of all ages with disabilities including Cerebral Palsy,
Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke,
Paraplegia, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Quadriplegia, Parkinson’s,
Developmental Delays, Autism, movement disorders, dystonia, and other
debilitating ailments. We also serve seniors with conditions such as
arthritis, diabetes, heart and lung disease, and other age-related
Our programs include physical therapy, occupational
therapy, aquatic therapy, and fitness therapy. We are in network with
most insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid.
5.30. Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery: Detroit, MI; Rockford, MI
Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery: Detroit, MI; Rockford, MI
The Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery (CSCIR) is a unique,
state-of-art clinical facility, offering an intensive physical therapy
program focused on maximizing recovery. Our experienced staff treats
clients from around the world, using a full array of specialized
equipment and techniques, in a program tailored to each person’s needs.
The CSCIR is one of the first hospital-based programs of its kind in
the U.S. to provide long-term, high-intensity, activity-based therapy,
to optimize health and function in persons with spinal cord injury .
The program incorporates the latest scientific research and
innovative therapeutic techniques, in our quest to make recovery from
spinal cord injury a reality.
Program highlights include:
- State-of-the-art neurorecovery equipment
- Exoskeleton robotic technology
- SCI trained staff, including physicians, physical therapists,
occupational therapists, athletic trainers, rehab trainers, social
workers, and psychologists
- Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bicycles and elliptical
- Body weight-supported treadmill training
- Whole Body Vibration (WBV)
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Closed chain/weight-bearing/ambulation activities with or without bracing
- Posture and balance training
- Onsite fitness center with personal training
- Board-certified SCI Medicine physician available
Clients work with a variety of rehabilitation professionals including
physical therapists, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.
Clients participate in the exercise program for 3-hour sessions, 2-5
times per week. The program hours are from 8:20 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday
If you are interested in learning more about this program and how you
can participate, please call the Center for SCI Recovery® at 1-866-SCI-CENTER
5.31. The Recovery Project-Two Locations in MI
The Recovery Project Livonia, MI
We, along with the rest of the world, hope for a cure for paralysis in our lifetime. Regardless of whether the cure comes in 5, 10 or 50 years, we believe that individuals with spinal cord and other neurological injuries should pursue increased physical functionality and fitness. While researchers seek the remedy, our mission is to improve the lives and functionality of individuals with these injuries by providing an environment in which to rehabilitate, recover and stay fit.
The Parkhill Foundation Bloomfield Hills, MI
The Parkhill Foundation may be able to provide financial assistance for therapy participants without health insurance coverage nor other means to access therapy programs of The Recovery Project.
5.32. Walk The Line-to SCI Resovery-Southfield, MI
Walk The Line-to SCI Resovery Center in Southfield, MI
"Walk The Line" combines the expertise of physician directed training programs with experienced, knowledgeable certified trainers to help each client reach their goals for RECOVERY.
5.33. Back to Independence Rehab, LLC, NC
Back to Independence Rehab, LLC
BTI Rehab offers specialized, post-hospitalization neuro fitness training and aquatic exercise sessions with our exercise physiologists to continue improvement after, between, or in conjunction with occupational and physical therapy. Our program incorporates postural correction, weight-bearing/gravitational loading, motor control training, patterned gait training, and much more! Our recovery team is comprised of specialized trainers that know how to get every one out of their wheelchair, promote neuroplasticity, and exercise for paralysis recovery and health benefits. BTI rehab has a wide variety of equipment to perform activity based therapies. We also offers monthly peer support groups, group workouts, aquatic therapy and occupational therapy.
Back to Independence Rehab, LLC
4801 Chastain Ave, Suite 194
Charlotte, NC 28217
Phone (980) 272-7105
5.34. Wheelchair Health In Motion – Program For Increasing Quality Of Life, South Sutton, NH
Wheelchair Health In Motion (WHIM) is a free, peer-driven program
that provides the tools for increasing quality of life and promoting
wellness in individuals living with physical disability or low mobility
through innovative upper-body aerobic exercise and positive peer support
within their own community.
of life has a different definition for each person, however,
reoccurring themes are: independence, power to cope, enjoying life
activities, good health, good social support and feelings of
accomplishment. This program focuses on helping each individual reach
their optimal goals regarding their quality of life. WHIM also strives
to be a toolbox full of ongoing support resources that individuals with
disability can utilize for increasing their quality of life, for
example: vocational rehabilitation contacts, informational webcast
alerts, advocacy alerts, and recreational opportunities and contacts
- upper-body exercise;
- positive peer support;
- leadership opportunities;
- career development;
- job skill-building;
- advocacy awareness;
- and adaptive recreational opportunities.
Weekly exercise programs are held in:
Concord, Dover, Laconia, Goffstown, Manchester, Portsmouth
5.35. Project Walk New Jersey NJ
Project Walk New Jersey
Leslie and Daniel were looking for an opportunity to help
people and make a positive contribution to the community when they were
introduced to Project Walk. After many months of research and a visit to
Project Walk Headquarters, they decided to bring a Project Walk facility to the
Southern New Jersey-Philadelphia Metro area, only the second of its kind on the
east coast. Just 15 miles east of Philadelphia and 80 miles south of New York
City, the facility is ideally located near a major connection to the New Jersey
Leslie and Daniel have been active supporters and involved
with fundraising for Special Olympics, Veterans and Habitat for Humanity. For
more information about the New Jersey program please contact us at MtLaurel@ProjectWalkNJ.com
Fellowship Road, Suite 155
Friday: 10 AM to 6 pm
5.36. Push to Walk - Oakland, NJ
Push to Walk offers specialized one-on-one workouts for people with
spinal cord injuries and paralysis who want to regain strength, function
and independence. Using the principles of weight bearing, whole body
exercises and repetitions, we design individualized workouts to help
each person reach his or her goals. Our gym is a very positive yet
challenging environment, offering information, resources and camaraderie
in addition to exercise workouts.
Push To Walk is a non-profit organization that provides
individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord
injuries, paralysis, and other neurological conditions including, but
not limited to Multiple Sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, and stroke.
Our approach is a cutting edge technique encompassing what the medical
community terms Activity Based Training. Our focus is on helping clients
maintain and improve their physical and mental health allowing them to
regain their independence.
Push to Walk is passionate about inspiring and motivating people with
spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to realize their
5.37. Neurological Recovery Center: Fort Worth, TX
Neurological Recovery Center: Fort Worth, TX
The Neurological Recovery Center is
a unique PT practice whose professionals are dedicated to serving a
clientele seeking the highest level of personalized one-on-one care. We
have some of the most advanced robotics systems for intensive Gait
therapy as well us upper extremity functional rehabilitation.
Through our customized clinical process
we seek to identify individual needs, evaluate functional deficits and
deliver the highest standards of care to help patient’s achieve their
5.38. Project Walk Houston TX
Project Walk Houston
Project Walk Houston offers two different programs. These
options range from a one-week visit to a reoccurring schedule for clients who
live within driving distance.
No matter what program a client chooses, our certified staff will
create a customized exercise prescription that meets the individual’s
exact needs based on their injury and
View the Facility
Determining the program:
First steps of determining whether you are a visiting client /
local client is the distance that you're able to travel comfortably and how
consistently. Find where Project Walk Houston is using Google Maps link below
or typing our address into your search.
3281 Rocky Creek Dr. #200
Missouri City, TX 77459 (map)
5.39. REACT: Addison, TX
REACT: Addison, TX
is a state-of-the-art community fitness and paralysis recovery center
offering programs specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of
people living with
Spinal Cord Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury
Other neurologically-based conditions
5.40. Neuroworx: South Jordan, UT
Neuroworx: South Jordan, UT
Neuroworx is a nonprofit, community-based, outpatient physical
therapy clinic focusing on neurological rehabilitation for individuals
experiencing paralysis from spinal cord injuries, brain injuries,
stroke, and other neurological conditions.
We also offer a pediatric therapy program for children with neurological conditions requiring specialized care and equipment.
5.41. Ability Fitness - Leesburg, VA
The Ability Fitness Center is a gym for people with
disabilities. We are a therapeutic fitness and wellness center with
expert clinicians and specialized equipment providing access to
innovative, customized, and activity-based interventions that increase
functional ability for individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain
injuries, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral
palsy, balance disorders, developmental disabilities, and other
Ability Fitness CenterPaxton Campus585 Catoctin Circle NE,
Leesburg, Virginia 20176(703) 965-2900
5.42. Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System: Seattle, WA
Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System: Seattle, WA
The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System
(NWRSCIS) is a regional center of spinal cord injury care, research and
education in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the
University of Washington. Programs and services are provided at both the
University of Washington Medical
Center and Harborview
The mission of the
NWRSCIS is to improve the lives of people with SCI through excellent patient care, research and education. We provide specialized care to persons with SCI, conduct clinically relevant
research and disseminate the most useful, evidence-based information to people with SCI, their families
5.43. Pushing Boundaries: Redmond, WA
Pushing Boundaries: Redmond, WA
Our nationally certified Exercise Therapists specialize in intensive, exercise-based recovery therapy. Together we will design an individually tailored exercise program
intended to encourage motor responses and promote neural connections.
Our team utilizes a wide range of specialized therapy equipment and
cutting-edge technology such as robotic gait-training to help clients
work towards their goals.