The recovery consultants at Adapt have expertise across a wide variety of movement disabilities and can customize a specific training protocol tailored to meet your own needs and goals.
Spinal Cord Injury
According to Spinalcord.com it is estimated that there are 17,500 new spinal cord injuries each year in the U.S., meaning that 54 people out of every million Americans suffer such an injury. An SCI is an injury that affects the spinal cord, a bundle of nerves that is part of the central nervous system, that transmits signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Injury or damage to the spinal cord may impact sensory, motor, and reflexes below the injury site.
At Adapt we implement an array of techniques emphasizing repetition driven sensory & movement strategies in order to re-establish patterned neural activity through the nervous system.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
According the National MS Society there are 1 million people living with MS. This condition is an immune process that causes inflammation and damage to the myelin which insulates nerve fibers. When this happens, the Central Nervous System’s signaling pathways are disrupted; and therefore, it is unable to correctly communicate messages. This can lead to a wide variety of neurological symptoms.
At Adapt we take an integrative approach in order to restore and reorganize communication within the body’s systems. We start with centering peoples mind and getting them in the right place mentally to recover. We then work on specific activity-based training strengthening their body so they are able to maintain or progress through their physical limitations. Ultimately our sequence is designed to lift their spirits so they are able to have experiences.
As stated by the CDC in their around the world report, the incidence of Cerebral Palsy (CP) diagnoses range from 1.5 – 4 births per 1,000. CP is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that it caused by damage to any stage of the developing brain.
At Adapt we treat CP case by case with an emphasis on techniques to reduce tone, reinforce functional postures and increase functional capacity. We implement mental calming methods and tone reducing technologies in order to regain a more natural moving body.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Based off ALSA.org U.S. studies suggest over 6,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year (15 new cases a day.) It is estimated there are more than 20,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects motor neurons in the brain and the spinal cord. The motor nerves that are affected eventually impact voluntary movements and muscle control, ultimately leading to paralysis.
At Adapt we believe in order to preserve and regain function we have to continue to move the body. We use specific techniques to keep the body in motion while activating motor neurons and conditioning them through consistent and repetitive activity.
Transverse myelitis (TM) is a rare inflammatory disease that causes injury to the spinal cord resulting in varying degrees of weakness, sensory alterations, and autonomic dysfunction. The spinal cord carries motor nerve fibers to the limbs and trunk as well as sensory fibers from the body back to the brain. The inflammation caused by transverse myelitis within the spinal cord interrupts these pathways causing the symptoms mentioned above.
Currently there is no cure for TM. Adapt aims to minimize and reverse the symptoms of the disease by creating an individualized recovery protocol focused on reactivating injured motor and sensory fibers as well as increasing neuroplasticity through repetition to reestablish neurological connections. We also integrate recovery technologies in order to decrease systemic inflammation and improve immune functions.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Due to the varying degrees of trauma there can be a wide range of symptoms. With the brain, there are many complicated processes that control our thoughts, emotions, and bodily functions. Therefore, TBI results in two high level issues to treat: the patients’ physical brain damage and their cognitive/emotional side effects.
Brain injuries do not heal like other injuries therefore recovery is a functional recovery. No two brain injuries are alike and the impact of two similar injuries may be very different. At Adapt, we focus on relearning developmental movement patterns and techniques focused on brain signaling pathway connections. To increase brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling pathways, physical movement or neuronal activity markedly enhances gene expression in the brain, which results in exercise-dependent enhanced learning and memory formation.
A stroke is a “brain attack”. It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.
How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak.
A person that has experienced a stroke will often experience some loss of movement. Adapt uses scientifically driven activity-based modalities to improve motor function and neuroplasticity in effected individuals designed to optimize the rehabilitation process.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects movement and is the second most common neuro-degenerative disease. Symptoms start with tremors and may lead to stiffness or slowing of movement. Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured, so often medication is given in order to help manage the symptoms.
At Adapt our goal is to slow down the progress of the disease and improve your quality of life. Most treatments for Parkinson’s focus on medication and symptom management. At Adapt you will focus on moving your body with the goal of controlling your nervous system while improving overall health and function.
When a child is born or diagnosed with any form of paralysis, it can seem overwhelming for any family. When a child becomes paralyzed it is important to not only prevent secondary injuries from occurring, but to also ensure that their neuromuscluolskeletal system continues to grow as close to expected as possible. This is why some form of activity based therapy is crucial.
Our facility recognizes that exercise is medicine and strongly believe that early and often treatment is critical for the best possible outcome. With our youth populations, we create an educational environment for the family on their specific condition, needs and best strategy for long-term health. We empower the family and care giving unit with guidance and the resources for long term health and recovery.
Each year, about 1,500 babies are born with spina bifida. It is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. It falls under the broader category of neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic
structure that eventually develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. Normally, the neural tube forms early in pregnancy, and it closes by the 28th day after conception. In babies with spina bifida, a portion of the neural tube fails to develop or close properly, causing defects in the spinal cord and in the bones of the spine.
In an individual with Spina Bifida, the nerves that control the leg muscles don’t work properly below the area of the spina bifida defect, causing muscle weakness of the legs, sometimes involving paralysis. This usually leads to the individual living their life in a wheelchair. Adapt focuses on retraining the nervous system and combating the secondary complications that arise from a sedentary lifestyle.