Gordon

Gordon

08.03.2014

I have a high-level incomplete spinal cord injury. I participated in a UBC/ICORD-led research study which looked at treadmill training on the Lokomat (robotics-assisted gait orthoses). I underwent several assessments over the course of the project, which is how I heard about Neuromotion. The physiotherapist, Amanda, who carried out the assessments was also a physiotherapist working at Neuromotion. After the project ended, I enquired about the possibility of getting training on the Lokomat and physiotherapy treatments with Neuromotion. I was glad and grateful that Amanda was able to accommodate my treatments in her busy schedule. I have been going to Neuromotion for a couple years, and have since "graduated" from the Lokomat and I am now walking on the treadmill with my own power and full body weight. I could only have done this at Neuromotion for the following reasons:

Staff - Neuromotion has a team of knowledgeable, professional and caring staff. Working with this team has been a unique experience for me. The team consists of physiotherapists, assistants, physiotherapy students on practicum and volunteers who wish to supplement their current knowledge with hands-on experience. The staff are dedicated and passionate about what they do and the environment of the clinic is supportive and encouraging. Amanda and the other therapists are true health professionals who take a holistic approach in physiotherapy treatments. They apply new techniques and ideas to challenge me to exceed my physical abilities. The rehab assistants very capable and are equally passionate and dedicated in their role of helping clients to achieve their goals. The students get excellent training but at the same time provide added energies to the physiotherapy sessions. The trust and confidence that I have in their staff is an enormous part of my rehabilitation.

Equipment - Neuromotion has the only Lokomat in Metro Vancouver that is not used for research purposes. I use the treadmill part of the Lokomat in my physiotherapy sessions. My training on the treadmill involves forward/backward/sideway walking, step length/width training, speed walking, endurance and balancing. The suspended harness also allows us to try more challenging treatments without compromising safety. With or without the engagement of the assisted leg movement component, the Lokomat is a very versatile and powerful physiotherapy tool. I am fortunate that I have access to this equipment.

Progress - With the treatment that I am getting at Neuromotion, my walking on the treadmill is much improved. The improvement translates to my walking at home. I am able to walk for up to an hour at a time (my son helps me with my balance). Progress is also being made on my walking speed and endurance. Combined with my regular exercise routine, the training on the treadmill also helps in maintaining my muscle mass, blood circulation in my legs and relieving skin pressure. The physical activities keep me in generally good health and that allows me to continue my employment as a professional engineer with local government. As a person with a spinal cord injury, I have a long and tough road to travel. Neuromotion is a critical part of my support system (including my family, friends, volunteers and other health professionals) that keeps me going in my journey.

I would consider Neuromotion one of the most professional and competent physiotherapy providers in Metro Vancouver, particularly in the specialized field of treating people with neurological health issues that affect their mobility. I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Neuromotion to people who are searching for a physiotherapy clinic that meets their needs.