Locomotor Training at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
The Locomotor Training Clinic at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is offering a comprehensive therapy program for ambulation training. “Locomotor Training” is a rehabilitative approach for persons with neurologic dysfunction that has been researched and proposed to affect a patient’s functional abilities, recovery of walking and community ambulation.
This inpatient and outpatient intervention is based on current knowledge of how the brain and spinal cord control stepping and how the nervous system learns (or relearns) a motor skill. Present studies are also being conducted to look at the effect of this intervention on overall health, including cardiovascular functioning, bone density and spasticity.
Magee’s experience with Locomotor Training led to an opportunity to be one of two founding members of the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mission of this network is to create a system of specialized centers designed to provide standardized activity-based rehabilitation therapy to individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury, based on current scientific and clinical evidence.