Technological Devices and Specialized Therapies/Services

Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill

The Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill employs NASA-inspired technology to off-load as much as 80 percent of a user’s body weight. The device is FDA-approved for functional rehab and also serves as a training aid for athletes. During an AlterG session, the lower body is encased in a waist-high plastic chamber filled with load-lifting, pressurized air. Treadmill controls adjust the pressure, creating a low-impact, workout zone where users can walk or run forward, backward or at an incline.

Appropriate for: People recovering from joint or leg surgery, anyone too weak or unstable to walk unsupported or athletes rehabbing from injury or wishing to intensify their training and conditioning.

Available at: Methodist Rehabilitation Center Outpatient Services.

ArmeoSpring Therapy

ArmeoSpring Therapy pairs an assistive movement device with a virtual reality training program to help patients with arm paralysis or weakness. The system’s game-like activities keep patients engaged as they do high repetitions of therapeutic movements designed to improve their range of motion, strength and gross motor coordination. The system tracks speed, accuracy and even trace amounts of movement, providing therapists a precise record of each patient’s progress. 

Appropriate for: People with arm paralysis or weakness related to stroke, spinal cord and brain injuries and other neurological disorders.

Available at: Inpatient rehabilitation

Bioness Hand Rehabilitation System

Bioness Hand Rehabilitation System uses low level electrical pulses to activate and re-train the muscles that move the hand and wrist. It’s designed to improve movement, range of motion and blood circulation and may also reduce muscle spasms and help prevent contractures and atrophy. Therapists at Methodist Rehab are specially trained to custom-fit the splint-like device, adjust the electrical stimulation and devise exercise regimens for users of the device.

Appropriate for: People who have trouble using their hands or arms due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, some types of spinal cord injury or other neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

Available at: Inpatient Rehabilitation, Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation and Quest.

Bioness L300 and L300 Plus

Bioness L300 and L300 Plus use low level electrical stimulation to help activate weakened nerves that control muscles in the lower and/or upper leg. Specially trained physical therapists custom-fit and program the wearable device to help patients overcome conditions such as foot drop and knee instability.

Appropriate for: People who experience leg paralysis or partial loss of movement related to stroke, multiple sclerosis or brain or spinal cord injury.

Available at: Inpatient Rehabilitation, Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation and Quest.

Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training

Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training allows patients to practice standing and walking before they can support their own weight. By using the system to off-load a precise portion of a patient’s body weight, therapists can reintroduce the repetitive motions of stepping, providing important sensory input. In addition to encouraging new neural pathways in the spinal cord, the therapy can help improve cardiovascular and pulmonary function, increase bone density and decrease spasticity.

Appropriate for: Stroke, brain and spinal cord injury patients

Available at: Inpatient Rehabilitation

Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy

Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy can help patients who have limited use of one arm regain function and reduce spasticity. The therapy has two components: restraining the use of the unaffected arm for the majority of the day and intensive exercise training with the affected arm.

Appropriate for: Stroke patients

Available at: Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation and Quest

Dynavision

Dynavision is used to evaluate and rehabilitate visual, neuro and physical skills and is often a part of driver retraining. Sessions on the unit can help improve ocular-motor skills such as localization, fixation, gaze shift, and tracking, peripheral visual awareness, visual attention and anticipation, eye-hand coordination and visual-motor reaction time. It can also help increase upper extremity active range of motion and coordination, muscular and physical endurance and improve motor planning.

Appropriate for: Stroke, brain injury, amputation and orthopedic patients.

Available at: Inpatient Rehabilitation, Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation and Quest.

FES (Functional Electric Stimulation) Cycles

FES (Functional Electric Stimulation) Cycles use electrical current to stimulate nerves and evoke muscle contractions that allow patients with paralysis or muscle weakness to “pedal” exercise bikes with their arms or legs. The therapy can help relax muscle spasms, slow or prevent atrophy, improve blood flow and maintain or increase range of motion.

Appropriate for: Patients with paralysis or muscle weakness due to stroke, brain or spinal injury or other neurological conditions.

Available at: Inpatient Rehabilitation and Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation

Interactive Metronome (IM) Training

Interactive Metronome (IM) Training uses neuro-sensory and neuro-motor exercises to help encourage the brain’s ability to repair or remodel itself after injury. Users don headphones and synchronize hand or foot movements to a computer-generated tempo to help improve their attention, concentration, motor planning and sequencing skills. With the addition of a Gait Mate sensor placed in the shoe, users can also work on walking skills such as stride length, heel strike, gait stamina and weight shifting.    

Appropriate for: Patients who have experienced stroke, brain injury or other neurological disorders.

Available at: Quest and Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation

Lee Silverman Voice Technique (LSVT) BIG and LOUD

Lee Silverman Voice Technique (LSVT) BIG and LOUD are therapies designed to help people with Parkinson’s overcome symptoms commonly associated with the neurological disease. BIG addresses impairments such as a shuffling gait, slow movement, loss of trunk rotation, postural changes and muscle rigidity, while LOUD combats speech and swallowing problems.

Appropriate for:  Parkinson’s Disease patients

Available at: Methodist Rehabilitation Center Outpatient Services

MOTOMed

MOTOMed is a motorized movement trainer that provides exercise for the arms and and/or legs. Patients pedal the device using their own strength or assisted by motors or functional electrical stimulation (FES). The therapy can help reduce muscle and joint stiffness, improve blood flow, prevent muscle shortening, build muscle strength and cardiovascular endurance, stimulate digestion and metabolism and detect and ease spasms.

Appropriate for: Patients with stroke, paralysis, cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s Disease.

Available at: Inpatient Rehabilitation 

The Motion Analysis and Human Performance Lab

The Motion Analysis and Human Performance Lab is equipped with an eight-digital camera motion analysis system, two video cameras, five force plates in the floor, an electronic walkway and other high-tech features and allows Methodist scientists to objectively measure a patient’s motor performance. This data is then used to improve diagnoses and evaluate treatment.

Appropriate for: Patients who need a precise evaluation of their motor abilities.

Available at: Inpatient Rehabilitation

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a type of therapeutic massage that focuses on fascia, a network of stretchy tissue that encases everything in the body like a protective web. Therapists specially trained in the technique use gentle sustained pressure to activate the release of the stiffened tissue and restore normal alignment.

Appropriate for: People who have pain or restricted movement related to scarring, spastic muscles or neurological conditions such as dystonia.

Available at: Methodist Rehabilitation Center Outpatient Services

Spasticity Management Program

The Spasticity Management Program provides outpatient therapies such as Botox injections and the monitoring of implanted medication pumps to combat the crippling muscle stiffness associated with spasticity.

Appropriate for: Patients affected by spasticity related to stroke, brain or spinal injury and other neurological disorders.

Available at: Inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient hospital clinic and Methodist Pain & Spine Center.

VitalStim® Therapy

VitalStim® Therapy uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation to help patients recover from dysphagia, a type of swallowing disorder.

Appropriate for: Patients with swallowing problems related to stroke and degenerative neurological diseases.

Available at: Inpatient Rehabilitation, Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation

WalkAide

WalkAide is a wearable device that helps improve walking ability by using electrical stimulation to restore nerve to muscle signals in the legs of patients with foot drop. Specially trained staff at Methodist Orthotics & Prosthetics custom-fit the device, which uses tilt sensor technology to properly time the electrical stimulus.

Appropriate for: Patient with foot drop related to stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy.

Available at: Methodist Orthotics & Prosthetics