Walking. Golfing. Jumping in puddles. Playing with your grandchildren. Movement in general is something most people take for granted. But when your body’s joints, muscles or nervous system are working against you, where do you turn to reclaim your quality of life?
The advanced therapy gym and therapy experts at Addison Pointe Health & Rehabilitation in Chesterton is a good place to start, and finish.
The Center offers rehabilitation services – including physical and occupational therapy and speech language pathology – for short-term patients and those in longer-term skilled nursing care, seven days a week. Certified stroke therapists are backed by powerful leading-edge technology in the gym – all to help patients recovering from illness, injury, stroke, or movement disorders heal to the highest level possible and reclaim their quality of life.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the technology unique to Addison Pointe, and how it helps patients and residents.
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill
Don’t let the word treadmill scare you. Patients who use this for therapy and recovery say it’s like running on air. Ideal for those who are recovering from surgery or injury, the treadmill allows patients to run or walk by using between 20-100 percent of their body weight.
“This machine has been tested and used by top professional athletes and teams, including America’s elite distance runners and pro teams such as the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Lakers, and Manchester United,” said Sarah Mirabella, RN, clinical liaison at Addison Pointe.
The machine provides a range of benefits including lower body strength training for those recovering from illness or surgery, reduced-impact conditioning, weight control and reduction, and strength and conditioning for older patients.
Jintronix Rehabilitation Platform
This high-tech computer program is a therapy tool to aid patients with healing and gaining mobility through therapy-focused games that capture the body’s motion.
“Simply put, when patients are having fun, they are motivated to participate in rehab,” Mirabella said.
The technology, which doesn’t require wires to be hooked up to the body during therapy, provides the therapist with real-time data as the patient moves through the games, so adjustments to therapy can be made in the moment to optimize healing and rehabilitation. The program is ideal for those with neuro-motor and orthopedic conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. It also offers benefits for those recovering from heart and cardiovascular disease, hip and knee replacements, chronic pain, and those with balance challenges or who are at risk for falling.
Aspire 2 Swallowing Therapy
Good nutrition is a cornerstone of health and healing. The Aspire 2 technology at Addison Pointe helps the speech-language pathologist treat swallowing disorders, reducing the chance of choking and aspiration and increasing the speed of swallowing.
“This is a non-invasive and painless therapy that stimulates the motor nerves around the esophagus from the outside of the neck, helping those muscles ‘remember’ how to contract in sync so food and liquids can be propelled to the stomach safely,” Mirabella said.
It also strengthens swallowing muscles, which is helpful to those whose muscles have atrophied or weakened due to not being used. It is ideal for those who have suffered stroke, or have Parkinson’s Disease, or cerebral palsy.
Biodex Balance Trainer
Feeling off-kilter is more than just annoying. It can be dangerous. Balance problems contribute to falls and injury. The Biodex Balance System SD is a small platform with handles and a computer screen. Patients stand on the platform and follow easy step-by-step instructions on the touch screen to both assess their balance and fall risk and provide an appropriate training module to improve balance and reduce the chance of falling.
“It is the only system that provides a fast and accurate fall-risk screening and conditioning program for older adults,” Mirabella said.
The technology provides closed-chain exercises – meaning the feet or arms are fixed while the trainer moves for them – and is especially useful for creating and managing treatment plans for those with a concussion.
At Addison Pointe Health & Rehabilitation, two therapists are Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists: Flora Ellis, PT, CSRS; and BethAnn Fabugais, OTR, CSRS. Their expertise, combined with the high-tech equipment in the advanced therapy gym, provide patients and residents with the best chance of recovering and living happier, healthier lives.
For more information about short-term therapy, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation programs at Addison Pointe Health & Rehabilitation, visit them online addisonpointe.com or call 219-921-2200 to schedule a visit and tour.