First Steps Wellness Centre Sherbrooke, QC
Creating an environment for neurorehabilitation, improved quality of life, and independence.
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Welcome to FSWC Sherbrooke, QC! We specialize in rehabilitation for people with neuromuscular disorders. We help our clients regain function through the use of leading edge intensive exercise-based rehabilitation programs.
We help our clients regain function.
FSWC is a non-profit organization with charitable status. We provide leading edge intensive activity-based therapy (ABT) to people with spinal cord injuries and associated disorders.
We have also adapted our methods to provide ABT to individuals who have experienced stroke or traumatic brain injuries, as well as those with other neurological conditions.
Our goal is to help improve the motor function of individuals who have suffered neurological trauma or who have neurological conditions, thus increasing independence and ultimately improving overall quality of life.
Spinal Cord Injury Rehab in Sherbrooke, QC
What is a Spinal Cord Injury? The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that carries sensory, motor and reflex signals between the brain and the body. It is surrounded by rings of bone called vertebrae, which are divided into segments. Injury to the spinal cord may interfere with the nerve conduction leading to sensory and motor impairments. The higher the injury on the spinal cord, the more dysfunction can occur.
Spinal cord injuries can be divided into two types of injury:
- Complete injury means that there is no function below the level of the injury; either sensation and movement. Complete injuries can occur at any level of the spinal cord.
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: An incomplete injury means there is some function below the primary level of injury. A person with an incomplete injury may be able to move one limb more than another, may be able to feel parts of the body that cannot be moved. Incomplete injuries can occur at any level of the spinal cord.
Intensive Activity-Based Therapy Program
Our personally customized programs are mainly characterized by intensive and rigorous exercises below the level of the injury.
As we focus on recognizing the potential of each person with a spinal cord injury, our programs are specially designed to improve the mobility and usually take several months. Our methods differ from traditional rehabilitation as we focus on promoting functional gains below the level of injury through intensive, activity-based recovery methods.
Our Children’s Program provides a specific, intensive activity based program to work with the child as a whole in order to improve motor planning, body awareness, independence and quality of life. This program is designed to help developmentally delayed children make gains in just four weeks that could take up to a year to achieve with conventional therapy or without therapy.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike Program
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is an intervention that uses a low amount of electrical current to activate deconditioned or paralyzed muscles. Small pads, called electrodes, are placed on the skin over targeted muscles of the arms, legs, or core to provide electrical stimulation to your peripheral nerves.
This stimulation causes the nerve to fire which evokes a muscle contraction. FES creates patterned movement in the arms, legs, and/or core, with the purpose of producing a functional movement. FES can be safely applied from your wheelchair.
About First Steps Wellness Centre
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FSWC is a non-profit organization with charitable status. Established in 2010, we provide innovative activity-based therapy to people with spinal cord injuries. We have also applied our methods to associated disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke and traumatic brain injuries.
FSWC programs are custom-designed for our clients using the latest research, equipment, and activity-based therapy methods. Our goal is to help improve the motor function of people who have suffered neurological trauma or who have neurological conditions. Ultimately this will help to improve their independence and overall quality of life.
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