This issue of our newsletter we discuss a successful FES program at the Sheridan YMCA and interview a home patient who suffered an SCI at C4-C5 in 2012.
This issue of our newsletter is devoted to multiple sclerosis (MS), an auto-immune disease in which the body attacks the insulation (myelin) surrounding nerves in the brain and spinal cord and potentially the nerves themselves, disrupting information flow.
This issue of our newsletter highlights the critical role that positive attitude and strong belief in your recovery potential can play in your rehabilitation outcome.
- Chris Norton - Chris Norton, our featured RT300 patient, shares his story of defying the medical odds through hard work, determination, and belief that he could prove the doctors wrong.
- You are what you believe - A recent National Geographic article demonstrates the mind-body connection and the ability of our belief in our recovery to induce neuro-chemical changes affecting our outcomes.
In this issue:
- Nancy Rueckert - Read Nancy's story of determination and success.
- Nutrition - Our article on nutrition will help you integrate good nutrition into your consistent FES therapy program. You can delve deeper and also read about the ketogenic diet.
In this issue:
- Restorative Therapies will send home or clinic users who reach the 100-session milestone a complimentary t-shirt commemorating that victory. Make sure your system is connected to RTILink.com - that's the way we learn of your success. Here's how to check.
- To support you in your therapy program, we created a "S.M.A.R.T." template to help you set goals and keep focused on them as you go through your session. Print it out, personalize it with your own goals and time frame, and put it somewhere visible to keep you motivated.
- For clinicians interested in improving their expertise and their patients' clinical outcomes, join us for our next 3-day FES Powered Systems course coming up in October.
This issue focuses on the almost magical effect of consistency - when RT300 has become as much a part of your routine as brushing your teeth - and without even realizing it, you have become stronger, gone farther, and felt better than you did the previous month.
- It takes 20-25 times of doing something to make it a habit (or eating something to get used to the taste!). Complete at least three sessions a week and, in just a couple short months, you'll stop having that internal conversation of whether or not to do it today - and you'll be sure to benefit from regular use.
- Jason Vietzke is the embodiment of consistency - a young man who got his RT300 when he was eight years old and who stops only on family vacations or if he is ill. He and his family share their journey with us. Our research article this month builds on Jason's story and puts the spotlight on RT300 FES for children and adolescents with spinal cord dysfunction and the published benefits.
- And, finally, we encourage your continued success with a printable flyer to help you set goals and keep focused. With the link provided in our newsletter, you can access your S.M.A.R.T. goals flyer. Print it out, personalize it with your own goals and time frame, and put it somewhere visible during each session to keep you focused and motivated.
This issue seeks to reinforce your awareness of the nervous system's potential for recovery and to emphasize the important role you can play in maximizing that potential - through perseverance, positive thinking, and, of course, significant effort.
- A stroke survivor who is an athlete and a nurse takes control of her recovery and her insurance appeal.
- Our research article this month puts the spotlight on stroke and the positive effects of FES both in acute and chronic phases of recovery.
- And, finally, visualizing yourself during each session with benefits may just have positive effects whether you are waiting for your home system to arrive or you are already on your way to better health (see "Mental practice and stroke recovery" below). Although we all love fast results, the proverbial match may go into overtime and keeping your mental eye on a win could positively impact the final score.
This issue highlights the role of FES in improving Quality of Life (QOL), assessed by a standardized questionnaire used around the world, and the story of an amazing teenager determined to make her dreams a reality with RT300 at home.
This month, we highlight the important shift in focus within the last decade or two in the field of neurorehabilitation from compensating for functional loss to stimulating neurophysiological recovery of function.
It is now clear that the old notion of a nervous system incapable of regeneration and repair is no longer valid. Accumulating evidence supports the role of neural activity in facilitating changes in the connections and behavior of the nervous system (neural plasticity). It has fueled the development of activity-based restorative therapies (ABRT) aimed at restoring function through plasticity rather than focusing on compensating for functional loss through use of adaptive techniques.
We want to share the growing scientific evidence that supports the benefits of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) systems. We want you to be inspired, as we are, by the testimonials of people who have seen and experienced the benefits first-hand. We want you to believe in your potential to acquire an FES system for home use if you want one, as we share reimbursement and fundraising success stories.