After spinal cord injury, not only is your body forced to cope with the direct impact of paralysis, but it must also deal with the psychological stress, physical pain, biochemical changes and hormonal changes that take place.  Together these factors can contribute to the development of many common, recurring and potentially life-threatening secondary health complications, such as pressure sores, pain, fatigue, bladder infections, constipation and weight gain. (Review chapter listing and sample chapters.)

​Nutrition has the power to help rebalance your body, prevent the development of many common and recurring secondary health issues, and achieve over all well-being. Practicing good nutrition also enables you to enhance your bodily functions, which can lead to greater independence and quality of life.

Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury is a practical nutritional guide written specifically for people with spinal cord injuries, as well as their families, friends, caregivers, health care and medical professionals.  

​​It is our hope that this book will focus attention on the important therapeutic role nutrition plays in the lives of individuals with SCI, and inspire future research in the area of nutrition and SCI.  Most importantly, however, we hope this book will help empower you to have greater control over your health and enhance your independence in an easy, practical and cost-effective way.



University of Alberta pilot study examines how ReWalk can help Canadian paraplegics 

by Edmonton Sun


Image courtesy of Edmonton Sun, Sept. 19, 2014

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Partnership aimed at helping paraplegics stand tall – University of Alberta

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People with Paralysis explore Therapeutic effects of scuba diving

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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.

For additional information…  please call 780 435-5933 leave your phone number and we will return your call or and email

Read more.. Edmonton Journal: ReWalk system gives power of movement to people with paraplegia

Read more.. First Patient takes Rewalk Robotic Exoskeleton home

Read more.. Is this a step in the right direction?

Read more…‘Robot Suit’ allows paraplegic father to walk again


ReWalk video Demonstration by an experienced ReWalk user


For more information on ReWalk Robotics and the ReWalk systems please visit


Rider Ranson reaches destination

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Louise Miller, SCITCS President presented Dave Ranson with
a book titled “The Longest Ride” which describes Emilio Scotto’s 10 year motor cycle ride around the world
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Dave raised $13,000 for SCI research during his 6 month motorcycle ride Prairies to Penguins.  Visit his website: Prairies to Penguins.

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

Promising new treatment helps people with spine injuries walk better

from OrthoSpineNews

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 more



Stem Cell Research


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

Additional Information

Start of stem-cell study offers hope to patients with spinal-cord injuries

First Clinical Trial Begins for Stem Cell Therapy

HLI Study Accepted By Journal – Faculty of Law – University of Alberta‏



We have a great series of videos to help you stay fit or become even healthier as an individual living with paralysis. Facebook Twitter YouTube Google+ LinkedIn
Did you promise to get in shape this summer?
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?

The good news is that we have a great series of videos to help you stay fit or become even healthier as an individual living with paralysis.

Shoulder Blade Exercise

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.

These videos will help you become stronger, avoid injury, and move as much as possible with the goal of enhancing your health.

Take a look.

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, President and CEO

Yours truly,

Peter T. Wilderotter, President and CEO

Peter T. Wilderotter
President and CEO
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation



2012 September

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

Community FES Transition Program

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

March 2010 a committee was struck by SCITCS to explore– Expanding Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Exercise into the community to provide an inclusive exercise option for people with SCI and other disabilities. FES is a technique by which electrical currents are applied to paralyzed or weakened muscles to elicit a contraction for the purpose of functional movements.

In 2011 a partnership between SCITCS (, the Saville Fitness Centre and The Steadward Centre 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:  phone: 780-492-9389

SCITCS  provided $102,000 towards this unique exercise program

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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