Adaptive devices make life easier. Kim Muir, MS, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, describes several of the adaptive devices that allow people with SCI to accomplish everyday tasks such as getting dressed and feeding themselves. She explains, “An occupational therapist can prescribe those after they assess where you’re at.” Read more..
I’ll never forget the last time my father helped me. It was a typical situation, repeated dozens if not hundreds of times over the previous three decades: Something would go wrong in the afternoon or evening, and my mornings-only caregiver would be unavailable to return for off-hours assistance. Most of the time, my dad would be available, sometimes reluctantly, but available nonetheless. He was not the kind of guy who could easily say “no” to his children — especially to his youngest son who’d been paralyzed at the age of 17.
On April 1, 2010 I awoke in hospital, fully paralyzed, scared and disoriented. I had survived a serious car accident. Four days later I learned I would never walk again.
I had just turned 32, I was happily married with two daughters Kasey 7 years old, Jaxyn 3 and my wife was pregnant with our third child, Nathaniel who was born 27 days later – read more
University of Alberta pilot study examines how ReWalk can help Canadian paraplegics
Four years after a vehicle crash left Denny Ross without feeling below his chest, Ross is walking tall — thanks to a University of Alberta pilot study examining the use of a robotic exoskeleton. Read more here!
A FIRST IN CANADA SCITCS DOES IT AGAIN!
(1987–2015) 28 Years of Helping Others to Help Themselves
The first ReWalk exoskeleton in Canada arrived in Edmonton, Alberta June 2014 purchased by SCITCS for $84,000.
It is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand upright and walk.
It has been placed in the Student Clinic in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta. It is presently being used by two people with a spinal cord injury who are participating in a research project.
To qualify to use the ReWalk you must meet certain requirements, initially you will need a letter of approval from your medical doctor, a recent bone density and the ability to stand for 10-20 minutes using a standing frame or some other means.
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Read more.. Is this a step in the right direction?
ReWalk video Demonstration by an experienced ReWalk user
For more information on ReWalk Robotics and the ReWalk systems please visit http://rewalk.com/
Partnership aimed at helping paraplegics stand tall – University of Alberta
UAlberta pilot study explores how ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton changes body’s neural pathways in people with spinal cord injuries..
FacingDisability was specifically created to connect families who suddenly have to deal with a spinal cord injury with other people like them. Our website has more than 1,000 videos of family members answering real-life questions about how they cope with a spinal cord injury.
It’s a first-of-its-kind Internet-based effort to collect life experiences surrounding spinal cord injuries and bring them to the world.
Rider Ranson reaches destination
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|Did you promise to get in shape this summer?|
Is it the longer days? The bright sunshine? Summer shorts and swimwear?
Why is it so many of us promise to get in better shape each summer?
Our great friend and physical therapist Kristin McNealus, PT, DPT, ATP, worked alongside the Reeve Foundation to create seven short videos full of easy adaptive exercises you can do at the gym or in your home.
Seven short videos full of easy adaptive exercises you can do at the gym or in your home for people living with paralysis: These videos will help you become stronger, avoid injury, and move as much as possible with the goal of enhancing your health.
And while you are at it, check out all the videos in the popular Reeve Health Minute series. Each video is full of actionable tips for people living with paralysis to use to improve their health and wellness.
Do you have your own tips to share with the community? Let us know.
Peter T. Wilderotter
S.O.S (SAVE OUR SHOULDERS)
“For several years I have sought a 15-20 minute exercise program that we would be taught while in rehabilitation and that we would continue automatically on a daily basis, just like brushing our teeth. I emphasized the necessity for this by referring to it as S.O.S. (Save Our Shoulders) So I was particularly impressed to read the following ” – Louise Miller
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a form of exercise for people with spinal cord injuries, stroke and other neuromuscular disorders that involves sending electrical currents to paralyzed or weakened muscles so they contract to restore some degree of functional movement.
There are two types of FES bikes available in Edmonton, an RT200 people need to transfer from their wheelchairs and RT300 where you can remain in your wheel chair. More information: www.restorative-therapies.com
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
Shauna Paisley Cooper (left) and Louise Miller President of SCITCS discuss the two new FES exercise machines.
People with spinal cord injuries and reduced mobility now have access to specialized exercise equipment in an inclusive community setting, thanks to a partnership between the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre (Northern Alberta) Society and the University of Alberta.
SCITCS provided the two new functional electrical stimulation (FES) rehabilitation therapy machines which are available at the Saville Community Sports Centre, operated by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the U of A. FES is a form of exercise for people with spinal cord injuries, stroke and other neuromuscular disorders that involves sending electrical currents to paralyzed or weakened muscles so they contract to restore some degree of functional movement.
Physical activity plays a critical role in overall health. The loss of fitness and independence associated with physical inactivity greatly impacts quality-of-life and community participation for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). To improve fitness, healthy adults with SCI should participate in at least 20 minutes of moderate-vigorous aerobic activity two times per week, as well as strength training exercises two times per week. Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury Cord Injury can be located at
Expanding Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise into the community, another exercise option.
March 2010 Louise Miller, SCITCS president, spear-headed a committee to explore– Expanding Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise into the community to provide an inclusive exercise option for people with SCI and other disabilities.the membership included, Martin Ferguson-Pell PhD Dean of Rehabilitation Medicine, Richard Stein PhD, Vivian Mushahawar PhD, Su Ling Chong research physiotherapist, representatives from The Steadward Centre (TSC) and the Glenrose Hospital.
In 2011 a partnership between SCITCS (www.scitcs.org), the Saville Fitness Centre and The Steadward Centre www.steadwardcentre.ualberta.ca was established which resulted in an inclusive FES exercise program in a public venue giving those with SCI the freedom to exercise when they wish and with whom they wish. To our knowledge there is no other inclusive FES exercise program like this in North America. For additional information or to participate in an FES exercise program Phone: Email: email@example.com phone: 780-492-9389
SCITCS provided $102,000 towards this unique exercise program
Scientists may have found a new treatment that can help people with spinal cord injuries walk better. The research involved 19 people with spine injuries between levels C2 and T12, no joint shortening, some controlled ankle, knee, and hip movements, and the ability to walk at least one step without human assistance...read more
A report, The Incidence and Prevalence of Spinal Cord Injury in Canada: Overview and Estimates Based on Current Evidence, jointly released on December 15, 2010 by the RHI and the Urban Futures Institute, has found that close to 86,000 Canadians are currently living with spinal cord injury; 44,000 of whom are living with SCI as a result of traumatic causes.
The report further notes that of the estimated 4,300 new cases of spinal cord injury that occur in Canada each year, about 1,785 are the result of traumatic injury from causes such as car accidents. Click here to view the report, press release, and backgrounders on this milestone report about the scope, scale, and impact of SCI in Canada.
2010 Federal Disability Report Released by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada The report can be accessed in HTML or PDF format.
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Stem Cell Research
The stem-cell ‘miracle’ is anecdotal
In addition to sharing memories about Mr. Hockey, a constant theme of the festivities was his “miracle” recovery from stroke.
Mr. Howe, 86, suffered two strokes last year and, according to his family, was near death before he travelled to Clinica Santa Clarita in Tijuana, Mexico, in December for experimental stem-cell treatment.
New study shows stem cell treatments promote faster healing in primates with spinal cord injury
A new study appearing today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, designed to test how stem cell injections affect primates with spinal cord injury (SCI), showed the treatments significantly improved the animals’ motor function recovery and promoted faster healing, too. The researchers call their findings a step forward toward the goal of improving outcomes for humans with chronic SCI. Read More
‘Miracle’ stem cell therapy reverses multiple sclerosis
The treatment, is the first to reverse the symptoms of MS, which has no cure, and affects around 100,000 people in Britain. Read More..
Stemming the media hype on stem cell therapies
(Edmonton) A new study by University of Alberta law researchers reveals sometimes overly optimistic news coverage of clinical translation of stem cell therapies—and as spokespeople, scientists need to be mindful of harnessing public expectations. – Read more here
FDA Approves Trial Of Stem-Cell Treatment For Spinal Cord Injuries.
The San Francisco Business Times (8/28, Subscription Publication) reports in its “Biotech SF” blog that the FDA gave the green signal to Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc. to proceed with a 13-person safety study of “oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, or OPCs.” The cells, derived from embryonic stem cells, are believed “to stimulate the growth of new nerve cells around the spinal cord and could help paralyzed patients regain movement.” The company expects to begin enrolling patients in early 2015, the blog posting notes.
The San Francisco Chronicle
RESEARCH CHAIR IN SPINAL CORD INJURY September 2014
A search committee has been convened to find a suitable candidate for this crucially important position in Edmonton. This has long been a vision for several University of Alberta researchers but in particular neuroscience Professor Richard Stein PhD