Specialist paralysis rehab centre opens for Bristol community – and offers free sessions to people with recent spinal cord injury
People with paralysis who have access to Bristol may have fresh hope now that a specialist neurological activity-based rehabilitation centre is open in the area. Operating as a not-for-profit organisation, Neurokinex is dedicated to providing cutting-edge rehabilitation and wellness programmes for individuals living with various forms of paralysis.
The Neurokinex programme for spinal cord injury is one of the most diverse and inclusive programmes available in the UK providing short, medium and long-term health solutions for individuals living with neurological and neuromuscular impairments. The programme even caters for those who have suffered a spinal cord or brain injury many years ago thanks to its ground-breaking equipment and forward-thinking activity-based rehabilitation approaches.
Activity-based rehabilitation focuses on the entire body as opposed to just the functioning parts and has two main goals. Firstly, to stimulate the whole body to work as one unit again and, if possible, to re-establish some form of a link or pathway between the paralysed and functioning parts. Secondly, to strengthen the body as much as possible to allow the client to gain in strength and stamina to enjoy multiple health benefits and increase their level of independence.
“We have found that many people make great progress with us after discharge from a national spinal injuries centre – often surpassing the initial prognosis”
Neurokinex is giving six free sessions at its state-of-the-art facility to anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury within the last 12 months. They can apply by asking their Spinal Cord Injury Consultant or Physiotherapist to refer them for the treatment and completing the NHS Referral form found at www.neurokinex.org/apply. Once approved, Neurokinex will contact individuals to book in their first session.
“This is a great opportunity for individuals who have recently been injured and are still in a relatively early stages of their recovery” says Harvey Sihota, founder of Neurokinex. “We have found that many people make great progress with us after discharge from a national spinal injuries centre – often surpassing the initial prognosis given by doctors and specialists.
Our approach focuses as much on the non-functional parts of the body as those that still function normally,” explains Harvey. “In this way, individuals are challenged differently and in six sessions will start to get a sense of how we work and how they could potentially improve by participating in our programmes. I would urge Spinal Cord Injury Consultants, Physiotherapists and GPs caring for people with a recent spinal cord injury to apply for the six free sessions: there is no obligation to sign up for further sessions and people have nothing to lose by trying us out.”
Traditionally, rehab after paralysis in specialist neurological hospitals focuses on the parts of the body which still retain function and individuals are encouraged to relearn as many basic everyday tasks as possible. However, this approach can mean that the parts of the body which are paralysed are often not given the focus they deserve and opportunities for recovery are not maximised.
Neurokinex takes a different approach. Its rehabilitation and wellbeing programmes target the entire nervous and musculoskeletal system rather than only the functional areas of the body. This is done by stimulating and loading the nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises and activities with the assistance of skilled therapists. Its diverse range of specialised rehabilitative equipment comprises of anti-gravity gait systems, functional electrical stimulation (FES) devices, specialised balance trainers and an incredible range of strength and fitness equipment. This enables rich and varied programmes to be delivered including a variety of weight-bearing activities, balance and stand training, gait and locomotor training, electrical stimulation, upper and lower body cycling, vibration therapy and strength training.
“Treatment with us does not offer a cure to paralysis but our activity-based rehabilitation has seen great success in many areas and in this way we are able to ‘redefine possibilities’ for people with paralysis,” says Harvey. “Our programmes can help to improve neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.
“Our aim is to work collaboratively with local neurological clinicians and rehabilitation experts to help patients progress after discharge from hospital or specialist rehab units. We are seeing people make significant progress after they leave hospital and, in many cases, defying their initial diagnosis. Our programmes have seen many of our clients become more able whether that be improved grasp, reach, balance, standing, gait or even taking their first steps since the onset of paralysis”.
Find out more
The new Neurokinex Bristol site is at 9 Apex Court, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4JT and can be contacted on 0300 7777188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, to visit Neurokinex or speak to an expert or case study, visit www.neurokinex.org @neurokinex #redefiningpossibilities