Equipment Used at Push to Walk
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Now at Push to Walk!Step and stand with fully integrated FES
RT600 is the only fully integrated upright FES stepping therapy system simultaneously achieving muscle activation and weight bearing. The stepping stride length is adjustable from 9” to 18”. Independent motor powered footplates provide adjustable range of motion and firmness to augment plantar and dorsiflexion during stepping while accommodating tone and spasticity.
- RT600 Information
- RT600 Press Release
| FES Bike
The RT300 combines a motorized cycle ergometer with integrated functional electrical stimulation (FES). This FES bike stimulates the muscles of the leg to contract and create a repetitive patterned movement (cycling). The benefits for individuals with an SCI include the prevention of muscle atrophy, relaxation of muscle spasms, increased circulation, and increased or maintenance of range of motion.
- RT300 Information
| FES RT200|
The RT200 is the only motorized FES device that works both arms and legs simultaneously. Called “hybrid” therapy, stimulating the upper and lower body at the same time can result in higher cardiovascular demands. With the RT200, it is possible to stimulate up to 6 muscle groups in the legs, arms or core on each side (12 altogether).
- FES RT200 Information
| Power Plate
The Power Plate uses three-dimensional vibration technology to activate muscle contractions. The benefits include increased circulation, increased muscle strength and flexibility, improved range of motion, increased bone mineral density, and decreased recovery time. Feedback from many individuals with an SCI who have used the Power Plate includes increased sensation, increased voluntary contraction of muscles, and decreased spasticity.
- Power Plate Information
| Weight Assisted Treadmill|
Our body weight supported treadmill training is similar to locomotor training. Our trainers try to incorporate the same principles used in locomotor training to reactivate and stimulate a client’s nervous system. The repetitive motion of the gait pattern helps awaken central pattern generators, which are located lower in the spinal cord and are responsible for the gait cycle, to hopefully allow for controlled walking. The treadmill also reinforces the weight bearing principles our trainers use.
- Weight Assisted Treadmill Information
| Keiser Functional Trainer
The functional trainer allows for a variety of exercises in all planes of motion. It has two adjustable arms which allow the user to perform exercises bilaterally or unilaterally. As a Keiser product, it utilizes pneumatic resistance which makes it easy to adjust to different levels, and allows consistency throughout a given movement. It is especially useful with rotational exercises which challenge the muscles of the pelvis and torso. We prefer that clients use the functional trainer out of their wheelchairs to make whole-body workouts more achievable.
- Keiser Functional Trainer Information
| Keiser Infinity Performance Trainer|
Keiser’s Performance Trainer is a single-column, high-low pulley system that provides resistance without high impact. This system is controlled by an air compressor that allows us to increase the weight from 0-70lbs in 1/10lb increments, which is very important for someone with a neurological disorder.
- Keiser Infinity Performance Trainer Information
| York Power Rack
The York power rack is very versatile. It provides an additional area for clients to stand with or without assistance. It is very flexible in how clients support themselves while standing which offers a greater variety of standing exercises and movements. It also provides a safe area to perform weight training, and other bodyweight exercises such as pull-ups.
- York Power Rack Information
| Hip/Glute Machine|
The hip/glute machine is used to stimulate the glute and hamstring muscles, and helps correct postural imbalances. Individuals who use a wheelchair for daily life often develop tight hip flexors which can hinder the ability to stand properly. The hip/glute machine allows full hip extension to be performed by the client which counters tight hip flexors.
| Sci Fit Arm Cycle
The Sci Fit Arm Cyle is used to incorporate many different aspects of a client’s workout into a short amount of time. Our trainers are able to stand a client at the cycle and allow them to peddle the bike at the same time. The combined effect of both standing and peddling allows for proprioceptive cues to travel between the nervous system and brain. The added benefit of a cardiovascular workout also helps our clients stay fit.
- Sci Fit Arm Cycle Information
| Total Gym 26000|
The Total Gym is a gravity minimizing resistance trainer. It enables our trainers to provide a load bearing environment for the client which is beneficial in recovery. Bearing weight through the legs establishes a connection and allows for proprioceptive cues helpful in balance. Strength and balance exercises can be performed while either laying or sitting on the total gym.
- Total Gym 26000 Information
| EZ Stand Glider
The benefits of standing for clients with spinal cord injuries are numerous. Increased circulation, maintenance of or increased bone density, and a reduction of the risk for pressure sores are just a few examples. The EZ Stand Glider enables our trainers to stand a client in a controlled environment. This also increases the proprioceptive response to the nervous system we are looking to establish in order to improve a client’s balance and coordination.
- EZ Stand Glider Information
| Spin Bike|
The spin bike enables our trainers to work on active gait training as well as leg strength and coordination. The movement of the bike helps simulate the gait pattern. It also allows the client to work on a connection between the brain and legs while trying to peddle the bike. In addition, the bike can also provide a cardiovascular aspect to a client’s session.
- Spin Bike Information
The adductor allows our trainers to place the client’s pelvis in a neutral position in order to concentrate on coordination and make a better connection with a client’s core muscles. By opening the legs it forces the pelvis to rotate and engage different muscle groups our trainers could not otherwise facilitate.
- Adductor Information
| Parallel Bars
Most people with paralysis are familiar with parallel bars for doing assisted standing and stepping. We do many of these “standard” things with our parallel bars, but we also do other things with our clients depending on their individual needs. Our parallel bars are adjustable in height and width, so we can have our clients stand with staggered heights of hand support, use the bars to assist with kneeling, or simply provide the trainer with a different way or position to help clients do upright exercises.
- Parallel Bars Information
|| Lift Walker
The Lift Walker is a height adjustable walker with four wheels on the bottom and forearm supports on the top. The wheels allow for very easy maneuverability, but also lock in place so the walker stays put. The forearm supports allow clients to stand, do stepping exercises, or take steps who otherwise wouldn’t be able to do so with a standard walker due to lack of upper body strength. Clients can also use the Lift Walker to perform different kneeling exercises and do things like vertical crawling. Click Here to View Video
- Lift Walker Information
|| Gait Harness System II
The GHS, with its many steering and braking features, is a very versatile tool for doing exercises in an upright position, as well as assisted walking. Clients wear a harness specifically for the walker that, when the client is standing, is designed to help keep the client’s hips in place without actually supporting their bodyweight. The harness also turns into a seat so that when the client needs a break, they can simply sit down in the harness, which will support their weight.
- Gait Harness System II Information