Activity Based Rehabilitation  


Without a doubt, treatment for neurological disorders is complex. It typically requires a team of health care professionals, including a physical therapist. Activity based rehabilitation is a revolutionary treatment for treating the deficits caused by a neurological disorder, such as a spinal cord injury. The goal of activity based rehabilitation therapy is to reignite motor learning principals and engage patients in practicing motor skills. It’s cutting edge. Activity based rehabilitation helps restore neural tissue. The basic principle behind activity based therapy is that there is a biological base for the problem. Repetition motor activities help stimulate the dormant central nervous system. There’s real science behind this type of therapy, and case studies have demonstrated success in this type of therapy with an improvement in locomotion and quality of life. Technological innovations with this therapy include:

  • Locomotor training with manual assistance
  • Whole body vibration
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Robotic locomotor training

Candidates for Activity Based Rehabilitation

Clinical professionals typically evaluate candidates for activity based rehabilitation based on age, timing and motivation. Age can affect the success of activity based rehabilitation due to neuronal atrophy. Motivation is necessary for muscular relearning as much as repetition and practice. There’s really not a one size fits all solution. Choosing proper candidates and creating a treatment plan are both required for success of an activity based rehabilitation program.

Physical Therapists and Activity Based Rehabilitation

Physical therapists are usually part of the multi-disciplinary team with activity based rehabilitation. Physical therapy is very important for those who have a neurological injury or disease, such as Parkinson’s, stroke, spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis. Neurologically trained physical therapists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of those with neurological problems. Without physical therapy, patients may lose their independence, be unable to perform daily activities and develop heart or lung problems. Many physical therapists are certified in neurology, vestibular therapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and assistive technology. They are an important member of the activity based rehabilitation team.

After the diagnosis of a neurological disease or injury, a physical therapy will perform a comprehensive evaluation regarding current function and issues related to independence. An individualized treatment program is developed to help reach the patient’s goals. A physical therapist is an important partner for recovery from a neurological injury or disease. The goal is to achieve maximum potential function. Patients with neurological diseases or injuries require the help of a physical therapist as much as an athlete.

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