Therapeutic Technology

New technology continues to push the boundaries of what once was considered full recovery from certain injuries or conditions. Today, for instance, top inpatient rehabilitation facilities deploy robotic tools that give stroke patients the ability to again use their upper extremities or help spinal cord injury patients with early ambulation.

Our hospital provides such leading-edge technology – as well as therapists trained to best use it – to ensure our patients are positioned to recover as quickly as possible.

Here are some examples of some of the industry’s best technology deployed at our hospital:

TecnoBody® Isofree 

The TecnoBody® Isofree system was designed to treat anyone looking to improve balance, stability, and functional mobility. It is used to address a wide variety of pathologies and is a good tool to use in conjunction with traditional therapeutic interventions. TecnoBody Isofree allows for enhancing kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness during functional tasks as well as working on improving reflex mechanisms that play a role in maintaining balance and decreasing risk of falls. All of this is facilitated via biofeedback that is provided throughout the activity by the interconnected sensor platform and 3D camera. 

TecnoBody Isofree 

Smart Car

Our Smart Car is fully integrated into our rehab gym, allowing our patients to learn and practice car transfer skills year-round at any time during a treatment session. Car transfer training activities are essential to prepare our patients for community reintegration and setting them up for success when getting back to their daily activities. 

Smart Car

LiteGait®

LiteGait® is a body-weight support system and gait training device that provides a safe environment for patients to participate in gait training over a treadmill or over ground. This system allows patients to begin gait training earlier in the rehabilitation process and at a lower level than would be feasible with any other assistive device available. The LiteGait system eliminates the fear of falling and/or loss of balance with standing and walking tasks, and allows the therapist the ability to provide manual assistance to the legs and pelvis throughout the gait cycle to facilitate proper gait patterns. 

Overhead Body Weight Support System

Our overhead body weight support system provides dynamic body weight support while patients practice walking, balance tasks, sit-to-stand transfers, open and closed-chain strengthening exercises, and even steps. This system is mounted to an overhead track, allowing for use within the parallel bars or outside of the bars when introducing an assistive device during gait training progression. The body weight support system provides a safe environment for patients to begin standing, transfer, and gait training. 

Overhead Body Weight Support System 

SaeboMAS

The SaeboMAS is a zero gravity upper extremity device used to facilitate or challenge the weakened shoulder during functional tasks, such as eating or combing your hair. This device is used with patients with neurological and orthopedic conditions resulting in shoulder weakness. The adjustable spring-based tension system offers variable levels of assistance as the patient’s strength improves and makes it easy to track and document progress. It can be used to increase strength, range of motion, motor control, and encourage neuroplasticity by allowing the opportunity for highly repetitive tasks.

InMotion

The BIONIK InMotionARMTM Robot is often used with the many patients who suffer from weakness in their upper extremities after a stroke. The ARM Robot helps patients utilize the strength they have to complete hundreds of repetitions in a fraction of the time of traditional exercise. Repetition is one of the most important factors when considering neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to repair and relearn movements following a stroke. This evidence-based neurorehabilitation technology quietly monitors the patient’s movements during therapy while it gently assists where needed to help them complete various motor therapy activities.

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EksoGTTM

The EksoGTTM exoskeletal unit assists patients with early ambulation following a stroke or spinal cord injury. Ekso is a robotic exoskeleton that can be fitted to the majority of patients to allow them to stand and ambulate early in the rehab process, which is key to their long-term prognosis. Clinical evidence indicates that gait training in the Ekso improves patients’ balance, walking distance and gait speed outside of the device at discharge compared to admission. 

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OmniCycle® Motorized Cycling Machine

  • Provides passive, active-assist, and active exercises for upper and lower extremities
  • For orthopedic, cardiac, and neurological patients
  • It allows a very weak individual to exercise for longer periods of time, gaining proper repetition and motor learning
  • It provides a biofeedback feature that assist the patient’s learning and is a key part in preparation for active walking and functional performance
  • Provides objective data that the patient can follow with his progress
  • Evidence-based equipment that has been shown to improve strength, circulation, coordination, endurance, and spasticity management

NuStep Recumbent Cross Trainer

A recumbent cross trainer that sets an unparalleled standard for total body exercise in a comfortable seated position.

  • It works all major muscle groups and gives an effective cardiovascular workout
  • Allows a person to move arms and legs in single, dependent motion that stimulates walking with the added benefit of resistance training

Biodex Unweighing System – Suspension with Gait Trainer Treadmill

Partial weight bearing gait therapy has been proven in helping a wide variety of patients relearn their walking function.

  • Evidenced based tool use when a person is unable to support their own bodyweight or lacks the strength to support him/herself during assisted ambulation
  • Aids in gait pattern retraining, cardiovascular workout, enhances balance and upright posture
  • Uses patient suspension system of a predetermined amount of weight load for the patient’s leg and redistributes it to the trunk and upper thighs
  • Used with treadmill that provides rhythmic input to reinforce coordinated, reciprocal movement of the legs
  • Research has shown physiological benefits of earlier initiation of exercises in the upright position and posture. Without the Biodex Unweighing System, this would be too difficult for the patient to do
  • Brain reorganization from the repetitive stimulation of the neural pathways through muscle patterns and walking facilitation
  • Commonly used in patients who had an incomplete spinal cord injury, stroke, and other neurological as well as orthopedic conditions

Biodex Balance System

A unique device that can assess nerve-muscle control by gathering information on a person’s ability to maintain balance.

  • It measures balance on a firm and movable surface, stability of standing on one or both legs
  • Valuable training device to improve movement abilities especially when the proprioceptive reflex (body’s reaction and reflexes) are impaired after an injury
  • It has both testing and training mode for postural stability, fall risk, limits of stability that allows baseline data to compare with as a patient improves as well as to average norms

Bioness® H200 Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System

The H200 is used to stimulate nerves and muscles of the forearm and hand in order to regain hand function in order to increase independence with activities of daily living.

Specific goals include:

  • Increase hand function
  • Increase or maintain hand range of motion
  • Reduce muscle spasms
  • Prevent muscle loss
  • Reeducate muscles
  • Increase blood circulation

Mobility Garden

The mobility garden is designed to meet a variety of therapeutic goals including mobility, cognition, emotional well-being, gross/fine motor skills, as well as reintegrating patients into his or her natural environment. The mobility garden hosts a variety of walking surfaces including grass and cobblestone as well as houses a basketball court, driving range, putting green, and raised garden.

ADL suite/Transitional Living Unit

As part of our goal here at BMRH, we provide experiences to assist with reintegration into the community and home environment. The ADL suite is designed with this goal in mind. It allows patients to experience a home environment including use of a washer/dryer, kitchen setup, regular-size bed, and a tub/ shower combination. Patients who have progressed to a higher level of independence may be given the opportunity to live in the suite for 2-3 days prior to discharge.

Swallowing Therapy

  • Diners program for patients with dysphagia (chewing and swallowing disorder)
    • Provides personalized therapy at breakfast and lunch every day
    • Teach patients strategies/methods for safe intake
  • VitalStim Therapy
    • Non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy for the treatment of dysphagia
    • Involves the use of electrodes that are applied to the neck and face in combination with swallowing exercises
    • Shown to accelerate the recovery time from a restricted diet and help patients achieve sustained improvement and long term results

Bioness® L300 Plus

An electrical stimulation machine that activates thigh and lower leg muscles to assist with control and stability during ambulation and functional tasks.

  • Helps with controlling the knee and assisting with foot drop
  • Research shows it is very effective in improving walking speed and symmetry. It has reduced the step inequality by 25% during the first walk and continues to show improvement even after 6 weeks
  • It is effective with MS, CVA, and other conditions where the motor unit is intact