Neuro Rehab is an interdisciplinary program for patients who have experienced trauma or a medical diagnosis pertaining to the nervous system. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists work as a team to provide comprehensive and individualized care for each patient. Often trauma or a diagnosis of this nature causes physical disability or impairment which alter normal, day to day activities which neuro therapy seeks to improve.
Our neurorehabilitation specialists focus on the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of numerous disorders of the nervous system. Specific trauma and disorders that benefit from neuro rehab include but are not limited to:
The goal of each individualized rehabilitation plan is to restore physical performance and fitness to an optimal level. Critical to the therapy process is the engagement of family or friends to assist in these tasks at home. Depending on your current functional abilities and therapist’s initial evaluation, there are a variety of treatments and recovery exercises you may experience. Examples of treatments include:
Utilizing a holistic process, Neuro Rehab at ESSMC involves the time and dedication of an experienced team of rehab professionals to help restore your independence and ensure you experience life to its fullest potential.
ESSMC now offers the REAL® Immersive System, a new rehabilitation technology that
uses virtual reality designed to motivate patients to complete their full course of therapy. The
immersive, full presence system can be used to support patients requiring upper body
rehabilitation as a result of neurological or musculoskeletal injuries.
An effective rehabilitation program can help patients achieve their ultimate goal of
improved cognitive and/or physical function. To be considered effective, therapy must be
performed with more intensity and frequency over longer time periods. Data suggests that
exercises that engage and encourage patients, as well as vary in type, may affect motivation and,
as a result, impact patient compliance.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a hardware and software technology that has been shown to
motivate patients to adhere to their prescribed course of rehabilitation. Furthermore, VR can be
used to improve range of motion and induce neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to reorganize
itself by forming new neural connections.
Virtual Reality transports patients to a virtual world in which they feel fully immersed. In
this virtual environment, patients view their body as a virtual image (avatar) engaged in activities
that would not be feasible in the actual world.
The full presence, virtual avatar mirrors every movement a patient makes in real time,
which helps the brain accept the avatar as the patient’s own body.3Virtual reality software also
often employs popular video game elements such as variability, rewards, and progress tracking
to maximize patient enjoyment and engagement. Collectively, these virtual reality features
encourage patient compliance with a rehabilitation plan.
The REAL® System is an FDA-cleared, upper body rehabilitation technology that uses
virtual reality in a healthcare setting. It creates an engaging world designed to motivate patients
to do more sessions over a longer time frame, and to perform exercises with more intensity. The
wireless system contains a headset, body sensors, and a tablet that is used by the therapist to
administer and monitor therapy sessions. All exercises are performed by adult patients in a
seated position, as prescribed and supervised by a therapist.