Today’s blog post is written by a past Kinesiology student Brittany Pereira. She spent the last few months, every Monday and Tuesday assisting, participating and learning as much as one can while helping at Aim2Walk. She wrote a blog post to share her experience with others. Enjoy!
Located on one of the clinic walls is a quote that reads, “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” This quote perfectly represents what the patients at Aim2Walk accomplish throughout their treatment sessions.
Before I started this internship, I had never been exposed to neurological rehabilitation or a facility with the advanced robotic technology and therapist creativity that is present at Aim2Walk. Now that I have, it is going to be hard to find a facility or group of therapists that compare. All of the therapists use their knowledge and skills to work together towards the same goal, which is to improve their patients health and quality of life. The patients of Aim2Walk are also a factor that sets this clinic apart from other rehabilitation clinics. Many of these patients have either been diagnosed with diseases or have experienced traumatic accidents. These present limitations to their physical independence and have the potential to negatively impact quality of life. What is special about these patients is their refusal to let their accident or disease take control of their life. With the help of therapists, patients work on muscle strengthening, movement coordination, balance and other tasks to improve mobility, stability, symptoms of their condition and overall quality of life. The state of the art robotic equipment enhances the hands on physical therapy provided by the therapists.
One piece of equipment I find particularly impressive is the Armeospring. This machine combines movements of the shoulder, forearm, elbow and wrist and targets neuroplasticity through repetitive, task-oriented movements. This device utilizes available arm function to improve the neuromuscular control of an affected shoulder, elbow and hand. One of the benefits of this machine is that adjustments can be made as the patient progresses through therapy, which can increase the patient’s motivation and provides an end goal for them to strive for. Patients are given an individualized therapy program that combines this advanced technological equipment and hands on therapy with the ultimate goal of improving their physical independence and quality of life.
If you’re looking for a support system that will help you achieve the impossible, check out Aim2Walk!
Brittany and her fellow classmate Alana, have also made an amazing video about some of the fun equipment we have at the clinic. If you haven’t seen it yet please take the time to see more inside our clinic walls.