Project Walk

Project Walk
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About Us

Project Walk® Paralysis Recovery Centers, the world leader in paralysis recovery, provides an improved quality of life for people with disabilities through intense activity-based recovery programs, education, training, research and development. The Project Walk brand is exclusively managed and operated by SCI Business Solutions Inc.® and consists of a global network of franchised and licensed locations encompassing both for and nonprofit business.

Project Walk understands that every client has special needs; therefore, we offer several programs to best meet those needs and optimize our clients’ chances for recovery. Those options include both facility recovery options and home recovery options which provide different levels of support.

Being the pioneer in activity-based recovery with nearly two decades of experience, Project Walk and its highly trained staff is on the cutting edge of this emerging field. Each franchised center across the globe is staffed with highly qualified Certified Recovery Specialists® (CSRS) who treat thousands of client hours every year from more than 30 countries and 6 continents.

Our Worldwide Headquarters located in Carlsbad, CA is the center of Specialist training, certification, research and development. The latest and most advanced equipment can be found in our facilities which are designed to not only treat clients, but to advance the field of paralysis recovery.

We are the only center not attached to a hospital or university that has published research in peer reviewed journals and ongoing grant-funded research projects.

Theory Behind Project Walk

Theory and Methodology

Traditionally, spinal cord injury rehabilitation has focused on compensation. The thought was that the human nervous system could not reorganize and improve function below the level of injury. Recent research and Project Walk's success over the last decade, has proven this to be false. At Project Walk we cannot guarantee who will regain function, however, we understand and recognize symptoms that present the potential to improve function below the level of injury.

We tap into this potential through an intense activity-based recovery program. This program focuses on using specific exercises that are related to the same movement patterns that occur during human development. Through these movements we are spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, SCI, rehabilitation, project walkattempting to reestablish patterned neural activity within the central nervous system. These movement patterns are replicated by our clients with the assistance of our highly trained Specialists. Our Specialists have been taught to respond to the unique cues that each client’s nervous system gives them, and by providing the proper stimulus, help it to reorganize.

In addition to the customized exercises and highly trained staff, Project Walk also believes that the use of antispasmodic mediation and other medications associated with traditional spinal cord injury treatment hinder the chance of recovery. Many of our clients have found the elimination of such medications improves their quality of life and helps them to progress in their recovery. As a result of increased activity and less medication, our clients improve their overall health and quality of life.

The Dardzinski Method

The Dardzinski Method® is a theory based upon more than a decade of experience working with spinal cord injury as well as current scientific research. Research on activity and how it relates to spinal cord injury has progressed rapidly in the last few years. After a spinal cord injury, the body begins to breakdown physiologically.

This is partially caused by reducing the effect of gravity on the body. The negative effects of the wheelchair can be reversed through exercise. The effects of exercise on someone with a spinal cord injury are similar to that of able bodied individuals1. Passive exercise alone has been shown to decrease physiological breakdown after a spinal cord injury2, but we believe weight bearing exercise may have an even greater effect. This type of exercise is what the human body was designed to do, standing, walking, lifting, and ultimately being in an upright position.

Many of the exercises we use are based on patterned neural activity. This is the process through which it is thought the central nervous system develops its structure and function in the growing human being. The continuous repetition of movement may help to create this neural pattern in the brain and spinal cord3. Also, relearning a specific motor task may be highly dependent on the repetitive stimuli provided when input from the brain is limited4. This is where our highly trained Specialists play a critical role in recovery. They are the best in the world at creating the proper stimulation to not just increase a client's health, but help them regain function below their level of injury.

spinal cord injury research, rehabilitation, project walk, recoveryProject Walk also recognizes the importance of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and exercise. Research suggests that through intense bouts of exercise that BDNF is increased and could result in a stimulation of stepping and an increase in axonal sprouting5-7. In short, the increase in BDNF through exercise can assist in reorganization of the nervous system. Additional information on the research behind Project Walk’s program or the current studies that Project Walk is conducting can be found in the research section of our website.

Phases of Recovery

As identified in The Dardzinski Method®, there are Five Phases of Recovery® that every client goes through after sustaining a spinal cord injury. The rate at which each client heals and progresses is different but similar. At Project Walk, there are clients in every phase of recovery and many of them overlap into various phases as their body progress.

Phase I : Reactivation and Phase II: Development/Stabilization

The goal of Phase I is to act as the clients’ nervous system to stimulate responses and excite it. This is typically done through load bearing and active recruitment to develop joint stabilization. In Phase II we are spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, SCI, rehabilitation, project walkbuilding the nervous pathways that are used in the latter phases of the program. Reactivation or re-organization is the nervous system bypassing the injury site and re-wiring itself to perform the job it was designed to do. These are the most difficult stages of the program and can be the longest in the road to recovery. Reactivation or reorganization of the nervous system is what seems to cause the most controversy regarding The Dardzinski Method.

Phase III: Eccentric and Concentric Muscle Contractions

spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, SCI, rehabilitation, project walkThe goal in Phase III is to initiate muscle contractions through positional movement or stimulation. This is where recovery really starts to move away from traditional occupational practices. It is our belief that the nervous system is trying to connect the way it did before a spinal cord injury. However, without the proper external stimulation to re-teach it, the result is spasm and tone. Clients will be more physically tired after workouts and their nervous system will not recover as fast as it did during Phases I and II. The spinal cord injury Specialists’ task is to help clients do the work, not to do the work for them.

Phase IV: Function and Coordination

The goal in phase IV is to improve coordinated movement through all planes of movement and motion. Specialists may refer to this as the transition phase. This is because the client is now between worlds; they have the ability to move and control their legs and arms, but do not have the strength or coordination to walk without aids. The evolution from Phase III to Phase IV can be long, arduous, and quite frustrating.

Phase V: Gait Training

spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, SCI, rehabilitation, project walkProject Walk does not teach you to walk; we teach you the skills necessary to walk well. The objective of Phase V is to provide advanced functional gait training for our clients who are moving their legs or are able to walk with or without adaptive aids. The training program in Phase V is tailored to meet each client’s individual goals. While one person may want to get upright and walk, another may want to go beyond that and surf or snowboard.

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About Us

Project Walk® Paralysis Recovery Centers, the world leader in paralysis recovery, provides an improved quality of life for people with disabilities through intense activity-based recovery programs, education, training, research and development. The Project Walk brand is exclusively managed and operated by SCI Business Solutions Inc.® and consists of a global network of franchised and licensed locations encompassing both for and nonprofit business.

Project Walk understands that every client has special needs; therefore, we offer several programs to best meet those needs and optimize our clients’ chances for recovery. Those options include both facility recovery options and home recovery options which provide different levels of support.

Being the pioneer in activity-based recovery with nearly two decades of experience, Project Walk and its highly trained staff is on the cutting edge of this emerging field. Each franchised center across the globe is staffed with highly qualified Certified Recovery Specialists® (CSRS) who treat thousands of client hours every year from more than 30 countries and 6 continents.

Our Worldwide Headquarters located in Carlsbad, CA is the center of Specialist training, certification, research and development. The latest and most advanced equipment can be found in our facilities which are designed to not only treat clients, but to advance the field of paralysis recovery.

We are the only center not attached to a hospital or university that has published research in peer reviewed journals and ongoing grant-funded research projects.

Theory Behind Project Walk

Theory and Methodology

Traditionally, spinal cord injury rehabilitation has focused on compensation. The thought was that the human nervous system could not reorganize and improve function below the level of injury. Recent research and Project Walk's success over the last decade, has proven this to be false. At Project Walk we cannot guarantee who will regain function, however, we understand and recognize symptoms that present the potential to improve function below the level of injury.

We tap into this potential through an intense activity-based recovery program. This program focuses on using specific exercises that are related to the same movement patterns that occur during human development. Through these movements we are spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, SCI, rehabilitation, project walkattempting to reestablish patterned neural activity within the central nervous system. These movement patterns are replicated by our clients with the assistance of our highly trained Specialists. Our Specialists have been taught to respond to the unique cues that each client’s nervous system gives them, and by providing the proper stimulus, help it to reorganize.

In addition to the customized exercises and highly trained staff, Project Walk also believes that the use of antispasmodic mediation and other medications associated with traditional spinal cord injury treatment hinder the chance of recovery. Many of our clients have found the elimination of such medications improves their quality of life and helps them to progress in their recovery. As a result of increased activity and less medication, our clients improve their overall health and quality of life.

The Dardzinski Method

The Dardzinski Method® is a theory based upon more than a decade of experience working with spinal cord injury as well as current scientific research. Research on activity and how it relates to spinal cord injury has progressed rapidly in the last few years. After a spinal cord injury, the body begins to breakdown physiologically.

This is partially caused by reducing the effect of gravity on the body. The negative effects of the wheelchair can be reversed through exercise. The effects of exercise on someone with a spinal cord injury are similar to that of able bodied individuals1. Passive exercise alone has been shown to decrease physiological breakdown after a spinal cord injury2, but we believe weight bearing exercise may have an even greater effect. This type of exercise is what the human body was designed to do, standing, walking, lifting, and ultimately being in an upright position.

Many of the exercises we use are based on patterned neural activity. This is the process through which it is thought the central nervous system develops its structure and function in the growing human being. The continuous repetition of movement may help to create this neural pattern in the brain and spinal cord3. Also, relearning a specific motor task may be highly dependent on the repetitive stimuli provided when input from the brain is limited4. This is where our highly trained Specialists play a critical role in recovery. They are the best in the world at creating the proper stimulation to not just increase a client's health, but help them regain function below their level of injury.

spinal cord injury research, rehabilitation, project walk, recoveryProject Walk also recognizes the importance of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and exercise. Research suggests that through intense bouts of exercise that BDNF is increased and could result in a stimulation of stepping and an increase in axonal sprouting5-7. In short, the increase in BDNF through exercise can assist in reorganization of the nervous system. Additional information on the research behind Project Walk’s program or the current studies that Project Walk is conducting can be found in the research section of our website.

Phases of Recovery

As identified in The Dardzinski Method®, there are Five Phases of Recovery® that every client goes through after sustaining a spinal cord injury. The rate at which each client heals and progresses is different but similar. At Project Walk, there are clients in every phase of recovery and many of them overlap into various phases as their body progress.

Phase I : Reactivation and Phase II: Development/Stabilization

The goal of Phase I is to act as the clients’ nervous system to stimulate responses and excite it. This is typically done through load bearing and active recruitment to develop joint stabilization. In Phase II we are spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, SCI, rehabilitation, project walkbuilding the nervous pathways that are used in the latter phases of the program. Reactivation or re-organization is the nervous system bypassing the injury site and re-wiring itself to perform the job it was designed to do. These are the most difficult stages of the program and can be the longest in the road to recovery. Reactivation or reorganization of the nervous system is what seems to cause the most controversy regarding The Dardzinski Method.

Phase III: Eccentric and Concentric Muscle Contractions

spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, SCI, rehabilitation, project walkThe goal in Phase III is to initiate muscle contractions through positional movement or stimulation. This is where recovery really starts to move away from traditional occupational practices. It is our belief that the nervous system is trying to connect the way it did before a spinal cord injury. However, without the proper external stimulation to re-teach it, the result is spasm and tone. Clients will be more physically tired after workouts and their nervous system will not recover as fast as it did during Phases I and II. The spinal cord injury Specialists’ task is to help clients do the work, not to do the work for them.

Phase IV: Function and Coordination

The goal in phase IV is to improve coordinated movement through all planes of movement and motion. Specialists may refer to this as the transition phase. This is because the client is now between worlds; they have the ability to move and control their legs and arms, but do not have the strength or coordination to walk without aids. The evolution from Phase III to Phase IV can be long, arduous, and quite frustrating.

Phase V: Gait Training

spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, SCI, rehabilitation, project walkProject Walk does not teach you to walk; we teach you the skills necessary to walk well. The objective of Phase V is to provide advanced functional gait training for our clients who are moving their legs or are able to walk with or without adaptive aids. The training program in Phase V is tailored to meet each client’s individual goals. While one person may want to get upright and walk, another may want to go beyond that and surf or snowboard.

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