FAQ - Push to Walk's Program

What can I expect in my first session?
During your first session you will be evaluated in ability and function. We assess your level of function through a variety of hands-on active assistive movements, and also on our machines and equipment. We establish a baseline for every client so that we can accurately measure improvements and milestones.

How is this different from PT and OT?
Our program is more like an intensive gym workout, done completely out of your wheelchair, where the trainers work with you hands on for the entire session. Our main focus is trying to regain strength and function below your level of injury. Our program is in no way a substitute for the treatment you will get from PT and OT – what they will teach you is absolutely necessary following an SCI and these are services we do not provide here.

What will it cost per session?
Each session costs $95 per hour. Some clients come for one hour a week, others come for three sessions of two hours each and others come for something in between. You and your trainer will discuss all of the options to maximize your time, schedule and available funds.

Is this covered by insurance?
Unfortunately insurance does not reimburse for your sessions here, unless your injury expenses are covered through a worker’s compensation claim. We are not a medical facility, so at this point in time insurance will not pay for any of our services.

What if I just want to use the FES bike?
You can come in to ride the FES bike without participating in the training program. Each session is $50. An additional cost of $50 will be assessed every 15 to 20 sessions for the pads used for the bike.

What do I need to do prior to my first session?
Prior to your first session each client will need to obtain doctor’s clearance for participating in our program. Each client will also be required to obtain a bone density scan. This is to ensure that your skeletal structure is capable of sustaining the stresses of our program and is for the client’s safety. An application will also need to be completed. (Contact Form)

When does a person with paralysis begin a program with Push to Walk?
For those with SCI, we recommend beginning our program directly after the conclusion of outpatient services – the progress that was achieved in therapy should not be lost. As for those with MS, starting a program at Push to Walk should begin when their doctor recommends it to be appropriate. Lastly, any person with TBI who would like to start one of our programs may begin when their body is capable of physical activity, though we still recommend consulting your doctor first.

How often can I come for a session?
The amount of times you can come will depend on a few factors. Everyone’s stamina during exercise is different. What may be easy for one client will not be easy for another. An hour session may be ok for some but others will benefit from a longer session. How flexible is your daily and weekly schedule? Are you able to come more than one day a week or do we need to maximize your time here during one session? Each client’s schedule is determined by his/her individual circumstances.

How soon will I see results?
No two clients are the same. Some people may see a change in a few sessions where others may take longer. It all depends on how well you andyour body respond to our program. Just because you do not see changes in the first session or even the first week should not discourage you. Most people first notice a difference in overall strength, particularly in the core, and that activities of daily living get easier.

If there are no guarantees that I will walk, why should I train?
There are numerous secondary complications that can occur following a spinal cord injury. By keeping active and continuing to stimulate your entire body, you can help prevent many of these secondary complications related to SCI and a sedentary lifestyle such as skin breakdown, muscular atrophy, and bone density loss. Participation in a regular exercise program can help you to maintain optimal physical and mental health. Further, when science does provide a cure, your body will be physically ready for it.