Rebecca Martin: 2013 PVA Education Foundation Grant Recipient
Activity-Based Restorative Therapy through Multi-Modal Training
Rebecca Martin, OTR/L, OTD, CPAM
As people with spinal cord injury (SCI) are living longer and the science behind stem cell interventions evolves, the quality of therapy a person receives has become increasingly important. Research-based interventions using high intensity practice and repetition have shown promise in helping patients restore function lost to spinal cord injury. Evidence has shown that activity is necessary for optimization of functional, metabolic, and neurological. Despite all this evidence, most centers continue with traditional therapy focused on compensatory strategies. Our Activity-Based Restorative Therapy program uses a combination of rehabilitation techniques to provide near-normal input above and below the level of the lesion to both optimize the nervous system for recovery and offset the rapid aging and chronic complications that patients with SCI incur.
Using funds provided through the PVA Educational Grant, we will build our ABRT curriculum and methods for dissemination, including onsite workshops and online learning modules, to help other clinics improve the quality of care they provide for patients living with neurological insult.