Previous understandings of how the body can heal post-injury or diagnosis after a neurological setback believed that there was little to no hope for functional recovery. New cutting-edge protocols have reframed thoughts of this narrative, now giving hope to those living with paralysis. These protocols, focused on “activity-based therapy” or working below the level of injury or perceived area of diagnosis, have proven to be advantageous for those living with neurological disorders (Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, ALS, PLS, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Transverse Myelitis, Spina Bifida, and more.)
This approach has created groundbreaking outcomes (physically, functionally, mentally, emotionally, and with activities of daily living) in the lives of those living with paralysis. Unlike traditional rehabilitation, the “activity-based” approach focuses on re-activating and re-organizing the central nervous system in the neurologically impaired populations. This seminar will introduce this new, unconventional approach to rehabilitation, clarify the basic science behind the protocols, and highlight, through case studies, how it has proven so effective.
1. Understand the rationale of “training below the injury”
2. Recognize the benefits of activity-based therapy and provide an introduction to the S.T.E.P. Method
3. Identify quantitative measures to show the effectiveness of these types of therapies
Speaker: Hal Hargrave, Owner & Founder of The Perfect Step (https://theperfectstep.com/)
Hal Hargrave is the owner and founder of The Perfect Step Paralysis Rehabilitation Facility in Pomona, CA. He serves as the Facilities Director and is a member of the facility’s Board of Directors. In 2007, Hal sustained a severe spinal cord injury in an auto accident, and since then has committed his life to understanding the complexities of his injury, and constantly striving to find the best possible solution for neurological rehabilitation post injury. The Perfect Step is a state-of-the-art, 7,000 square-foot facility, designed exclusively to treat spinal cord and other neurologic injuries & conditions, including Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, ALS, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Transverse Myelitis, and more. The facility treats nearly 100 clients per week in their flagship location, and Hal has pioneered a unique approach towards neurological rehabilitation recovery… and produced results that are nothing short of amazing!