Technology

At Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital, we constantly look and research emerging technologies that will help our patients recover and re-intergrate into society. The following technologies are examples of some of the most advanced methods available that we integrate into your rehabilitation program:

Ekso Bionics Ekso GT™

Body-Weight Supported Treadmill Gait Training

Varied Surface Gait Training

Low Stimulation Gym

RehabTracker

InMotionARM- Robotic Arm

ESP: Effective Swallowing Protocol

LSVT® BIG and LOUD Therapy

LiteGait®


Ekso Bionics Ekso GT™

Ekso Bionics Ekso GT™ robotic exoskeleton is a comprehensive gait therapy tool which provides an unparalleled rehabilitation experience for patients. Ekso GT™ enables functional based, intensive, over ground gait training and is designed to support the re-learning of correct step patterns and weight shifts, potentially mitigating compensatory behaviors. Variable Assist™ dynamically provides 0-100% power to either side of the body and promotes a greater number of high-quality steps in a shorter time period for a broad spectrum of patients.


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 Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital 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.


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.


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.


RehabTracker

RehabTracker is a ground breaking person-centered mobile app that is transforming the way our partners engage with patients and their families. Patients can view their personalized goals, see and track their progress in real time, share that progress with invited family and friends, and receive messages of support from loved ones – all from the palm of their hands.


InMotionARM- Robotic Arm

InMotion Interactive Therapy enables clinicians to efficiently deliver intensive motor therapy to help patients regain motor function following a neurological condition or injury. This new generation InMotion ARM is an evidence-based neurorehabilitation technology that provides patients with real-time Assistance-as-Needed™. The InMotion ARM quietly monitors the patient’s movements during therapy while it gently assists where needed to help them complete various motor therapy activities.


ESP: Effective Swallowing Protocol

ESP is a non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment for dysphagia that combines the most effective electrical stimulation parameters with resistive exercises.

It includes Ampcare’s E Series electrodes that elicit the most comfortable motor contractions by stimulating inactive or atrophied swallowing muscles via the portable powered muscle Stimulator with adjustable parameters and the Restorative Posture Device as an extrinsic resistive exercise.

The result is improved quality of muscle contraction and swallowing function.

How Does ESP Work?

Combining neuromuscular electrical stimulation with resistive swallowing exercises and postural strategies using the Restorative Posture Device (RPD), ESP works by achieving the following:

  • Movement of the airway out of the food’s pathway
  • Stimulation of fast-twitch, powerful muscle fibers to elicit motor contraction
  • A 30-minute treatment time, providing 60, 72, or up to 90 swallowing attempts
  • A safe, effortful swallow
  • Decreased risk for aspiration

LSVT® BIG and LOUD Therapy

Now providing treatment for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) Big and Loud Therapy to empower those living with Parkinson’s disease to move and speak better. Declining vocal strength, muffled speech and difficulty swallowing create problems with communication and eating. Patients also often experience tremors, slow movement, impaired balance and stiffness. But there is good news – studies have proven patients with Parkinson’s disease at any stage can benefit from intensive rehabilitation.

  • LSVT® can help people with other conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, multiple systems atrophy, cerebral palsy.
  • LSVT® Big and Loud is especially effective soon after the disease is diagnosed.

SPEAK LOUD – MOVE BIG

LSVT® is an effective treatment program that’s proven to help individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, giving them new hope for improved communication and movement for work, family and social activities. The method was developed following rigorous research funded by the National Institutes of Health.

LSVT BIG™

Physical therapists or occupational therapists use LSVT Big to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson’s disease. Therapists work with individuals to improve major motor skills, like walking, arm and leg movement, balance, and hand skills such as writing.

LSVT LOUD™

Speech-language pathologists improve vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism through a series of loud exercises. Therapy does not train people to shout or yell – rather it trains a healthy louder voice with no strain.

For more information call Janie Bush, Speech Therapist, at 972-708-8600


LiteGait®

LiteGait® is a gait training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture, and balance over a treadmill or over ground. It creates an ideal environment for treating patients with a wide range of impairments and functional levels.

LiteGait® provides proper posture, reduces weight bearing, eliminates concerns for balance, and facilitates the training of coordinated lower extremity movement. Its unique harness design not only permits unilateral or bilateral support allowing progression of the weight-bearing load from non-to-full weight bearing, but also allows the clinician to manually assist the legs and pelvis to achieve proper gait patterns.

  • Assist Posture, Balance and Weight Bearing
  • Prevent Excessive Rotation
  • Facilitate Hip Flexor Tension
  • Differential Control of Right vs. Left Side
  • Mobile Design Goes from Room to Room
  • Train Gait under Fall-Free Conditions
  • Frees Therapist to Facilitate Walking
  • Wide Range of Patient Sizes and Impairments
  • Lift Patients of All Sizes from Sit to Stand
  • Fall-Free, Supported Walking

For more information click here or call us now at 972-708-8600