Walking with a Robot

How do you get the person into the Robot? This is a question that gets asked frequently, especially when someone new comes into our Neurological Rehabilitation Centre.

The Lokomat is a robotic walking machine, designed to help with gait training and neurological re-patterning. Basically, it has robotic legs which help assist the client while they walk on a treadmill. We are very fortunate to have the Lokomat at our clinic to allow our clients to experience a “normal walking pattern” and the visual experience of walking. But how do we get our clients into the Lokomat?

Our therapists start by stretching the client’s legs. This prepares the client for the workout and helps the therapist assess where the client may have some restrictions and where we might need to be cautious when weight bearing.

Next is the harness preparation. Basically the harness is the next best thing to a corset. It hides all unwanted belly fat and gives a nice hour glass figure. Unfortunately, tighter is usually better which can be a bit worrisome for some of our male clients. However, once you’ve been up a time or two, it tends to be just fine.

Then we wheel or walk the client up the ramp and onto the treadmill where we fasten them to what I like to call “the crane”. This raises the client up off the treadmill to allow the therapist to attach the Robotic legs.

There are three separate cuffs for each leg and each cuff is adjustable in size. Once all strapped in, there are adjustments to be made to the legs and feet.

Then it is go time… lowering the client onto the treadmill and raising the speed according to the client’s needs.

Although my description is as visual and award winning as the talented J.K Rowling, we have also made a video to help you see for yourself how the Lokomat set up works. Paul Maneri is our actor in the video along with therapist Lindsay Simpson. If you would like to learn more about the Lokomat or perhaps have an opportunity to try the Lokomat please do not hesitate to call the clinic at 416-679-9255 or email, info@aim2walk.ca

Michelle Wolfe
www.Aim2Walk.ca

Super Food Sunday

Today is Super Bowl Sunday also know as “Super Food Sunday” to most excited Football fans. Wether your cheering on the tough guys in tight pants or your just intrigued to see the halftime show and what Beyonce will be wearing, I’m sure your just as excited about the Super Bowl Food. Generally finger foods are the choice of the evening to allow you to enjoy munching all night long. Being the health nut I am, I like to think of some healthy options to incorporate in between the chili, spicy wings and plate of nachos. Here are a few of my favorites.

Making your own veggie chips is a much healthier and colourful option. Many vegetables will work including my favorite, sweet potato. Many other vegetables area great in the mix including carrot, beet, zucchini, and parsnips.

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Sweet Potato Chips

Ingredients

  1. 2 sweet potato
  2. sea salt
  3. 1tbsp grape seed or olive oil
  4. (optional) herbs such as rosemary, thyme,
  5. I like some kick so I add some red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Cut vegetables or slice with a handheld slicer 1/16 inch thick.
  2. Spread out on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Leave for 15 minutes then blot with paper towel. (this draws out the moisture)
  3. Lay chips in a thin layer on a lightly oiled roasting pan.
  4. Sprinkle chips with sea salt, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees until crispy, approximately 30 min, flipping 3 times throughout
  6. Let cool and enjoy!

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Cheesy zucchini sticks

Ingredients

  1. 2 zucchini
  2. 3 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese
  3.  Garlic salt and pepper
  4. Paprika
  5. Grape seed or Olive oil, enough to cover the pan

Directions

  1. Wash and cut zucchini
  2. Mix parmesan, garlic salt and pepper and paprika
  3. Coat damp zucchini in the cheese mixture
  4. Place pieces on oiled pan.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees until lightly brown, approximately 30 min

IMG_0809Super Bowl foods don’t have to be artery clogging. With a little planning, you can continue the tradition of delicious tasty foods to some of your favourite dishes. Here are a few more ideas to help create a “healthier” super bowl menu.

Nachos: Try adding lean ground beef, and be creative with your toppings. Sun dried tomatoes, artichoke, and peppers are all amazing on nachos. Try dipping with the guacamole and salsa and maybe stay away from the sour cream.

IMG_0808Make your own nuts mix: Bagged mixed nuts often come over saturated with unhealthy oils and salt. Make your own mix with raw saltless nuts, raisons, and dark chocolate pieces.

Wings: Again, making your own with a dry rub rather then the store bought sauce can save you from the sugar and preservatives found in boxed foods.

Veggie tray: The supper bowl starts at 11am and kick off isn’t even until 6pm. This means it’s a long day of constantly snaking away. Having those vegetables on hand will help keep you full with a healthier option.

Allow yourself to indulge a little but keep in mind, your body doesn’t need much fuel on a day when your going to be sitting or laying majority of the day while watching the big game.

Bon Appetit!

Michelle Wolfe

Gym Training

This weeks blog is more of a video blog of a few of our regular clients at Aim2Walk.  Many people often come to our clinic for our state of the art robotics and rehabilitation equipment, however; they often stay because of our fantastically, fun and knowledgable therapists and endless therapy ideas. Here are a few short videos showing a sneak peek into our clients therapy sessions in our Neurochangers gym.  Enjoy!

 

Stayed tuned to our YouTube channel to see more of our hardworking clients achieving the impossible.

Michelle Wolfe