Spinal Cord Injury Therapy

According to the University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, more than 270,000 Americans are living with spinal cord injury (SCI) and each year 12,000 new injuries occur. This type of injury is known to cause paralysis in the arms and legs, limiting some physiological functions such as movement, bladder and bowel control, and temperature regulation. Two common types of therapy for SCI patients include electrical stimulation (ES) and aquatic therapy.

In an article published by Physiology, a review of more than 90 studies revealed that electrical stimulation is used to help restore function in individuals who are paralyzed after a spinal cord injury (SCI).

Three types of electrical stimulation (ES) have been found effective: Epidural spinal stimulation, Transcutaneous stimulation, and Intraspinal stimulation. Electrical Stimulation combined with physical therapy and medications that encourage the spinal cord to form new neural pathways may be one of the most effective plans for improvement in patients with SCI.

In addition to ES, patients with SCI may also benefit from aquatic therapy, which has substantive clinical evidence that demonstrates improvement in recovery time and patient outcomes. Aquatic therapy affords patients with a unique medium for neuromuscular reeducation and strengthening. Water buoyancy supports freedom of movement and patients see increased muscular strength as movements are performed against the resistance of the water.

Neurological restoration and functional ability are the results of improving core strength and balance. Water provides support in both the sitting and standing positions with its increased viscosity and buoyancy. The anti-gravity effect of water creates a prime environment for increased range of motion and strength as well as core stability and balance.

The use of ES of the central and peripheral nervous system and Aquatic Therapy for patients with spinal cord injury can lead to the restoration of upper and lower extremities making many daily activities a potential reality.

At Galloway Therapy, we strive to help you get results in rehabilitation. Call 501-319-7659 or visit our website www.gallowaytherapy.com to make an appointment today!



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