A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage or trauma to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function causing reduced sensation and/or impaired mobility. Activity based exercise programs for those with spinal cord injuries has been shown to improve and recover function, even past the "two year window," prevent secondary complications and positively impact psychological well being.
CORE Program Focus Areas
Functional Electrical Stimulation
“The results (of studies like these) raise the exciting possibility that in addition to the physical and rehabilitative benefits of functional electrical stimulation (FES), FES may offer a pragmatic approach to augmentation of spontaneous repair and perhaps recovery of neurological function.” (Becker et. al., 2010)
CORE offers the latest in functional electrical stimulation (FES) technology, and a variety of FES Program options.
Range of Motion/Flexibility Training
The ability to move freely to and from places is often taken for granted. For the individual who has sustained a spinal cord injury, maintaining flexibility is important when seeking to avoid pressure sores, pain or injury. In doing so, joint contractures are prevented and the integrity of the joint maintained.
The name ‘CORE’ literally comes from our repeated mantra that a strong core is essential. The core is what stabilizes the entire neuromusculoskeletal system. Clients with spinal cord injuries, in particular, benefit from balance and proprioception exercises. This involves purposely creating instability, which forces the body to react and therefore strengthens the supporting muscles and reinforces the neural component. Balance training can help increase function, reduce reaction times to prevent injury and increase positional awareness.
Whole Body Vibration Training
Muscular Strength and Endurance Training
CORE incorporates muscular strength and endurance training into every program for a spinal cord injury client to promote functional gains, build muscle mass and increase independence, which also improves the overall quality of life.
Cardiovascular conditioning, regardless of injury, is essential to maintaining a healthy heart muscle and to having the endurance to meet daily activity needs. CORE incorporates interval training for an effective and efficient aerobic workout.