Ability Fitness Center is a therapeutic fitness and wellness center with expert clinicians and specialized equipment providing access to innovative, customized, and activity-based interventions that increase functional ability for individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy, balance disorders, developmental disabilities, and other neurological conditions. for people with neurologic and developmental disabilities.
What Services Do We Provide?
One-on-one time with our specially trained neurologic professionals:
Mat work -stretching and flexibility activities that can prevent contractures and other unwanted secondary health issues. Strengthening and conditioning activities to improve mobility. Quadruped, kneeling, and half kneeling to work on developmental movements and core strength. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) techniques to help develop muscular strength and endurance, joint stability, mobility, neuromuscular control and coordination– all of which are aimed at improving the overall functional ability. Progressive balance exercises to increase safety with mobility. Transfer training, gait training, neuromuscular re-education. Neuro-Developmental Treatment activities to promote motor learning for efficient motor control in various environments.
NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
NMES is a non-invasive activity-based rehabilitation that uses pulses of electrical current to achieve muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity that enables a person to complete a specific task. Electrical stimulation activates muscles even though they may be weak or paralyzed as a result of neurological disease or injury. NMES can be used as a supplement on arms, legs and trunk while participating on one-on-one sessions and while using the specialized equipment (listed below).
Body Weight Support System
Our body weight support system removes the full burden of support from a clinician providing over-ground therapies — minimizing risk for both patient and clinician while maximizing efficiency and outcomes.
This system offsets the patient’s weight as they move over-ground, perform transfers, negotiate obstacles, and safely challenge their balance in a variety of positions and activities. The system allows people to safely and confidently perform exercises and expand their movement options in order to progress their recovery.
GaitSens 2000-20 QuadCell Treadmill*: The Gait sensor monitors speed, swing time, step length, base of support and measures of asymmetry in weight bearing. There is a playback option to facilitate understanding for the client of their gait quality in order for the client to better understand what to focus on. The sensor allows gait parameters to be selected in order to set a goal and provide immediate visual and audible feedback when the goal is achieved. This can help decrease the asymmetry or gait deviations that a client has.
QPads are an interactive rehabilitation system which provides the client and clinician visual feedback via a pressure sensitive surface and bright multicolored LED lights. Each individual Qpad measures between 10 and 330 pounds of force. The pads can be used with the hands and/or feet. The scale feature of the pads display how much force is being provided by the client and where the force is distributed to compare left vs right for weight shifting/sit to stand and balance. The scale will also provide feedback of whether the weight bearing is on the forefoot or the heel. When used with the arm in weightbearing activities it will also indicate pressure under the palms versus the fingers. With the Q-PADS clients can work on motor and cognitive skills in a pleasant and entertaining way.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bike
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is used to stimulate peripheral nerves, the “lower motor neurons” that connect the spinal cord to your muscles. This generates muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity and enables people with weak or paralyzed muscles to work and perform activities. With the RT300 arm and leg cycle you can stimulate muscles on one or both sides of your body, depending on what you need. You also have the ability to stimulate your “core muscles” such as the erector spinae muscles in your back and your abdominal muscles. These muscles are important for many activities including posture, balance, transferring, and reaching. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is an effective method to reduce the risk of secondary medical complications and enhance cardiovascular responses. These benefits include reversed muscle atrophy increased circulation, maintained or increased joint range of motion, reduced spasticity, reduced incidence of urinary and bladder infections, osteoporosis prevention and cardiovascular health. Cycling for one hour is equivalent to walking 6,000 steps.
The NuStep is unlike other exercise equipment. It provides a full-body cardio and strength workout that is also low impact. It is a closed kinetic chain exercise with multiple resistance level options and user-controlled stride length. The NuStep’s inclusive design and specialized adaptive equipment make total-body strength and cardio workouts possible for virtually any user including many who use a wheelchair.
Easy Stand Glider
Active standing provides lower body range of motion and upper body strengthening. Unlike passive standers, users move the handles with their arms (or a caregiver can assist) which creates a reciprocal movement in the legs. The full range seat has hinged, break-away sections for each leg that allow full leg extension while standing. Numerous research studies suggest that use of an active standing frame can positively affect an individual’s health including: improved/maintained bone integrity, strengthen cardiovascular system and build endurance, improve circulation, improve bowel function and regularity, manage pressure (ulcers) through changing position, and decrease joint/muscle contractures.