Continuous & Frequent Weight supported Walking training with Functional Electric Stimulation (FES) would help me and many Incomplete Spinal Cord Injured patients to recover standing & walking!
MAGIC of neuro-plasticity will be unleashed only if this program is persistently performed with a 2 to 3 hours of FES walking practice per day with 5 trainings per week, for at least 4-6 months.
My goal is to prove this New Walking Therapy and walk again!!!
To achieve this Mission ImPossible I will use known therapeutic methods and devices combined in special setup & combo and all inspired with some
incredible results achieved with persistent 6:6:6 walking program in Kunming, China.
Functional Electrical neuro-muscular Stimulation (FES) PARASTEP
walking system to be used for walking practices.
Note: I have already used and tested Parastep shortly in private clinics in USA. and I have witnessed stepping improvement after just few sessions.
Some SCI Incomplete patients can stand and some can make few steps on their own.
For such a patients just Parastep and long, frequent walking training program should be sufficient.
Me and many others would need standing and over ground walking WEIGHT support device to allow correct legs and body position and right pressure for stepping practice.
Important note – For this therapy, overground weight support system should be used – not treadmill weight support system – as patient need to self adjust walking & electrical stim rhythm.
Track gait system or Zero-G can be used here as well as the LiteGait 330 4Home system should be sufficient and up to this task.
Great upgrade to be added to this new walking therapy with Programmable garment that would transfer functional electric stim of Parastep FES walking system to muscles.
Parastep will be improved for quick application in therapeutic environment.
Instead of placing individual electrodes on specific muscles every time when using Parastep, patient & therapist can use pants with electrodes already programmed for custom FES application and just plug it in.
I am very excited this therapeutic combo might be available relatively soon.
After my research I have contacted and connected people from Myant.ca and Sigmedics.com,
Realizing great opportunity of using this concept & therapeutic combo, both sides have decided to pursue this idea and enable this connection & create new therapeutic FES walking product.
This New Envisioned Walking Therapy presented here is customized for my situation according to my research and experience.
However this walking therapy is customizable for different patients and could help many with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury and also to other patients with specific movement impairment.
With a great results in research of different medication and enzyme application (AXER-204, NVG-291-R, CLP290) we will see in the future even more demand for modern therapeutic approach where this New Walking Therapy might play crucial role in recovering patients after years of inactivity.
My goal is to raise funds, buy equipment, organize and test this proposed therapy with equipment and in length & way proposed.
Cost of the proposed therapy to be high as all need to be hand picked and highly customized for the first run. Later price of the therapy can be significantly lower.
This calculation is approximate according to my needs.
To get necessary equipment buy Parastep system and Weight support apparatus minimum CDN $ 30,000 for both devices need to be cashed out. Also, to pay hours and hours of psychotherapies through period of 4 – 6 months of intensive physio with this customized program, it is going to cost way more than equipment itself.
Total cost with equipment and 4-6 months of therapy can run from
$ 60,000 to $ 80,000.
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Further Explanations of New Walking Therapy
People with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) can restore walking but only if they actually try to walk again.
To begin this process, they need to use special support devices to enable proper walking technique in order to put their body through repetitive walking therapy rounds.
Majority of SCI individuals need “Gait training”, this is based on a body weight support machine. Treadmill and harness system are also part of this package.
There are several phases and modes of how walking can be done. This is based on the person’s capabilities to initiate stepping.
Some of us that can slightly initiate stepping but lacking intensity and control of movement and need Manual assistance of 2 “walkers” to move legs in rhythmic stepping pattern on treadmill. With this exercise stepping pattern is improving tremendously!/
Another progressive step is addition of Functional neuro-muscular FES stimulation (with or without a weight support) walking training . This type of system is known as Parastep- which was invented around a quarter century ago, and is highly underrated as a therapy tool for Incomplete SCI patients.
The way how Parastep works is simple – when patient try to move the right leg as at the same time press right button on the walker. Small wearable computer send tiny electric stim through 6 electrodes attached on each leg in programmed sequence. This stimulation generate muscle contraction exactly in order to make stepping motion with right leg. At the same time, muscles on the left leg receive signal to straight up and hold body weight on that side.
System Parastep is available from Sigmedics. Parastep is in use by many clinics in the USA. It can be used with and without weight support system that is sold separately.
Parastep, Walking FES as Therapeutic device would be more effective and much faster in application if improved with programmable FES garment.
Maybe the most important conclusion is that no walking therapy for SCI patients can be effective if is not performed in certain (1)frequency, (2)duration and (3)continuance with at least 4-5 trainings per week for 4-6 months!
Walking therapy is the only way to strengthen weak or to awake unused neuro-circuits and build (again) pattern based neural behavior that would further support patient walking rehabilitation.
Body-Mind connection, as patient need to highly focus on stepping and pushing, is also crucial element for faster rebuilding of walking neural pattern.
On the other side, failing to perform certain number of repetitions will prevent body to rebuild that neurological pattern.
With above exercises, patients improve very slowly and lose it in no time if stop exercising. This is known as Yo-Yo therapy effect.
Next level of walking exercises has more modalities and different devices that can support patient.
Walking therapy is so effective according to Special Hospital for Spinal Cord Injuries in Kunming in China. After decades of experience Specialists in Kunming Chine claim that their method : Continuous walking over ground with high walker and no body weight support in length: 6 hours per day, 6 days per week and 6 months based on “tight rope walking” method – apparently is helping many SCI patients to recover to independent living and walking.
Dr. Wise explain this walking technique on above photo
All above statements, photos and videos from Assisted Gait walking and Parastep use are my own experience and can be repeated and proven.
My goal is to raise funds, buy equipment, organize and test this therapy with equipment and in length & way proposed.
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