Ceiling Lift Systems
Ceiling lifts are utilized in both therapy gyms and in a number of patient rooms. These lift systems are used to protect both the patient and the hospital staff in the safe movement, handling, and treatment of patients unable to support their own body weight.
Body-Weight Supported Treadmill Gait Training
The body-weight supported treadmill gait training system can be used on land or in combination with a treadmill to enable partial weight bearing therapy. Partial weight bearing gait training provides the assurances of comfort and safety to allow the patient to concentrate on learning to walk again. It also allows the therapist treating the patient to focus on facilitating and correcting the mechanics of the walking cycle without having to support the weight of the patient.
The gait training un-weighing system utilized at Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth is equipped with a dynamic suspension system that allows for vertical displacement (up and down) of the patient’s center of gravity and functional pelvic rotation to promote normal walking mechanics during partial weight bearing therapy. This allows the patient to learn to walk with proper gait mechanics again before being able to support 100% of his/her body weight.
Balance System Technology
Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth utilizes balance system technology that provides the patient and therapist with real time biofeedback. This prompts the patient into proper postural and balance control during treatment sessions and allows for specific targeting to improve proprioception (awareness of where your body is in space), stabilization, and weight shifting.
Use of the Nintendo Wii in rehabilitation provides the patient benefits of increased enjoyment and compliance with treatment. At the same time therapists are able to choose specific games and activities to strengthen targeted muscle groups, challenge the patient’s cognition, improve coordination, and increase the patient’s endurance / activity tolerance. The Wii is a very useful therapy tool that is a “fun” addition to the treatment program.
Varied Surface Gait Training
An outdoor gait training courtyard is available for patients to practice walking on multiple surfaces (concrete, grass, gravel, stairs, inclines, declines, etc.). This provides the treatment team opportunities to simulate the environments that most closely resemble the challenges the patient will face when discharging home.
VitalStim® Therapy for treatment of Dysphagia (Swallowing Dysfunction)
The VitalStim® Therapy System is an adjunctive modality to traditional exercise that unites the power of electrical stimulation with the benefits of swallowing exercises. Combining VitalStim and traditional therapy allows clinicians to accelerate strengthening, restore function, and help the brain remap the swallow. Research has demonstrated that combining these therapies results in better outcomes than using either one alone.
Low Stimulation Gym
Patients who have experienced a stroke or brain injury can sometimes become overwhelmed in noisy, bright, or busy environments. This “over-stimulation” can negatively affect the patient’s ability to participate in the therapy program and slow recovery. Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth offers a separate low stimulation therapy gym for these patients to provide the optimal healing experience.