Through coordination of our experienced research and manufacturing teams, Power NeuroRecovery provides cutting-edge rehabilitation technology through the use of Locomotor Training.
Locomotor Training is a rehabilitation strategy used in conjunction with the PowerStep. This training allows individuals with certain kinds of spinal cord injuries to repetitively practice standing and stepping using body weight support and a treadmill in accompaniment with manual facilitation from therapists and technicians. With the use of the PowerStep and support interaction the ultimate goal is to retrain patients with spinal cord injuries to stand and even walk again.
In a Locomotor Training session, the body of a paralyzed patient is suspended in the PowerStep’s harness over a treadmill while specially trained therapists and technicians move their legs to simulate walking.
In addition to improving mobility in certain patients, the PowerStep with Locomotor Training has been shown to enhance the overall health of patients.
Potential benefits include:
Improved cardiovascular and pulmonary functioning.
Promoting strength and healing potential of the skin.
Increased blood flow to the upper and lower extremities.
Increased bone density.
Improving bowel and bladder function.
Improvements in emotional and psychological well-being, as well.
Through reimbursement of therapy costs in your facility, the PowerStep Body Weight Support System’s total return on investment can be completed in 2.5 years
Susan Harkema, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Associate Scientific Director, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
Director of Research, Frazier Rehab Institute
Dr. Harkema is a leading researcher in the field of neurological rehabilitation. Harkema is the Director of Research at Frazier Rehab Institute and oversees translational human research of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC). The KSCIRC has an overarching focus of neural plasticity of spinal networks and recovery of function after spinal cord injury (SCI).