Neuro- Fitness Training: Our Neuro-Fitness Specialists concentrate on both the functioning and nonfunctioning areas of the body. Emphasis is placed on stimulation of the nervous system and improving muscle strength, range of motion and balance through exercise based activity.
R.P.M. - Repetitive Pattern Modality (R.P.M.) Training: At Race to Walk we use Body Weight Supported Systems (BWSS) for movements such as walking (both treadmill and over ground), crawling and to utilize traditional equipment like elliptical trainers and spin bikes. The cyclically repetitive nature of these exercises helps promote health, wellbeing and potential recovery by stimulating neuroplasticty. These specific exercise modalities are selected based on their potential ability to either mimic the instinctive rhythms of the Central Pattern Generators* of locomotion, develop oppositional firing of antagonistic muscle groups and/or to provide the nervous system with sensory feedback.
Our central nervous system is wired to walk, so we continuously strive to replicate body positions and movements that form the foundations of human development, from infancy through adulthood. We use this concept as part of our approach to stimulate neuroplasticty, health maintenance, and recovery.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Cycling: Half hour sessions on Restorative Therapies® RT300 F.E.S. bike are available. FES cycling has been proven to enhance muscle mass, regulate blood pressure, increase circulation, maintain or increase range of motion, as well as reduce muscle spasticity.
Open Gym: Memberships are available for full access to wheelchair accessible (ADA), specialty, and traditional exercise equipment.
Community Education: Paralysis affects more than 5.6 million individuals in the United States, with an average of over 12,000 new spinal cord injuries every year. We strive to address our community’s needs by offering research opportunities for manufacturers and universities; presentations on the benefit of exercise-based training for the medical and educational fields, and other community educational requests.
*Central pattern generators (CPGs) are neural circuits that generate periodic motor commands for rhythmic movements such as locomotion.