Samaritans Walk


David Brown (on left)
Samaritans Walk
Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center
Ashland, Virginia

We established Samaritans Walk to be dedicated to improving the lives of those living with spinal cord injuries (SCI). By helping people with neurological disorders increase their strength, endurance, and general health, we hope to increase their independence and mobility and enhance their lives and the lives of those who care for and about them.


As part of my preparation to establish Samaritans Walk, I visited rehabilitation clinics to research the exercise and training needs of people with neurological disorders and immediately recognized the importance of being able to activate weak or paralyzed muscles.  This lead me to evaluate the role Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) could play in our program, and we went on to acquire RT300 the world’s leading FES system. Adding RT300 to our equipment range gave a huge boost to our ability to help our clients.

Whilst we established Samaritans Walk to assist people with spinal cord injury, we are in fact open to anyone with a neurological disorder and have clients with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons disease and others recovering from a stroke. We use RT300 with all of our clients who have the appropriate medical clearance and are able to accept the stimulation.

We like the versatility of RT300 and are very pro-active in using it outside the ergometer mode. Integrated with the ergometer the Restorative Therapies system provides a great workout for the lower body, improving muscle tone, increasing blood flow and oxygenating muscle and joint tissue, plus the cardio effect.

At Samaritans Walk we like to engage as many muscles as we can in any workout and, with the fantastic support of Restorative Therapies, have developed a range of off-ergometer applications for FES. We use the FES on a range of upper body muscles to assist clients during bench presses, pullovers, back bridges, etc. to increase their upper body strength, so critical for posture and mobility.  

Our “Sit to Stand” program employs FES to stimulate lower back and leg muscles to assist people to stand from a sitting position and sit again. This activity together with bench presses has seen positive improvements in client’s ability to transfer, a great aid to their independence.

I would recommend using RT300 to anyone with a neurological disorder and commend Restorative Therapies as a supplier. Their support is tremendous, they are always responsive to requests, and in today’s world it is good to know you can always get someone on the phone when you need them.

Samaritans Walk

Samaritans Walk is a non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the lives of those living with spinal cord injuries, located in Ashland, VA. We recognized that a spinal cord injury is a catastrophic, life-altering event, that can happen anywhere, to anyone, and with no time to plan for such a devastating injury. We are dedicated to providing assistance with the physical, mental, and emotional  recovery to each individual.

We understand that paralysis not only affects the injured person, but it also affects the lives of everyone who interacts with that individual, such as family, friends and loved ones. We understand that this also applies to people, and the families of those, with other neurological disorders and opened our facility to anyone with the need.

Samaritans Walk also extends its services to people with other neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, stroke and Parkinsons disease.

David Brown

Dave has a Bachelor Of Science degree in Physics and over 8 years experience as a personal trainer.
He is an experienced Olympic style weight lifter still competing after 36 years, who has applied his personal understanding of how the human body works to assisting people optimize their health and fitness. Dave established the Ashland Athletic Club (AAC) in 2006. In 2010 he established Samaritans Walk within AAC dedicated to improving the lives of those living with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders.

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