Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital - Technology
Having goals such as taking the stairs or opening a jar of pickles may seem miniscule to some, but to many patients at Cardinal Hill, it can be quite an obstacle. Some patients who have suffered a stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury are now seeing these goals reached with the Bioness L300 and H200 systems. Bioness’ state-of- the-art Functional Electrical Stimulation systems (FESS) uses electrode pads applied to the surface of the skin to stimulate and activate muscles. The L300 is designed to fit the legs and the H200 for the hands. These devices activate muscles to help facilitate healing and rehabilitation including strengthening muscles, reducing muscle spasms, improving blood flow and increasing range of movement. Individuals with MS have seen a vast improvement in their Foot Drop Syndrome, a common side effect of Multiple Sclerosis.
Computerized Speech Lab (CSL)
The Computerized Speech Lab (CSL) system available at Cardinal Hill is changing the way patients view Speech Therapy. Using a microphone attached to a computer monitor that measures voice pitch, energy and speed, patients are able to instantly see for themselves changes in their inflection. CSL can help patients strengthen vocal chords, assist in re-training the brain to match appropriate inflections and give patients a better sense of control over their voice. “It’s one thing to hear ‘great job’ from a therapist, but when patients see their improvements it means a whole lot more”, said Cardinal Hill Speech Therapist Jennifer Noffsinger. The CSL system is used with patients of all ages and numerous diagnoses. This equipment was made possible by a generous donation from Judy and Jim Rose.
Interactive Metronome (IM)
Interactive Metronome (IM) challenges the patient to synchronize a range of hand and foot exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone. IM also improves neurological functions of motor planning and sequencing. An auditory-visual guide system provides immediate feedback and a score on a computer screen. IM is primarily used in pediatric patients and helps children focus and attend to tasks for longer periods of time. IM therapy also increases physical performance by eliminating most distractions. Interactive Metronome is used to treat many different diagnoses, including, Sensory Integration Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Balance Disorders, Limb Amputation, Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
The Lokomat System allows the retraining of neurological functions to provide quicker progress than traditional therapies. Lokomat’s harness and lift system raises the patient from a wheelchair and places them in a standing position on the treadmill. Robotic devices attached at the patient’s thighs and knees provide support to properly un-weight the patient. Lokomat then operates at a suitable speed to create a walking rhythm for the patient. Cardinal Hill is the only facility in the state to offer this treatment to the public. The purchase of the Lokomat was made possible by a very gracious donation in honor of Dusty Hicks.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment System (LSVT)
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) system strengthens vocal chords in individuals living with Parkinson’s. Many individuals with Parkinson’s experience voice issues characterized by a very soft, weak voice quality resulting in mumbled speech. Many patients report they find themselves talking less and withdrawing from conversations as a result of the speech issues. LSVT is the first effective treatment established for treating voice and speech disorders. Patients who have participated in the LSVT treatments said they have found themselves more comfortable participating in or resuming every day activities such as casual conversations, answering the phone and singing in church.
While there is no cure for stuttering, Cardinal Hill offers a revolutionary device known as SpeechEasy, which has shown dramatic results. SpeechEasy is a device worn in the ear, similar to a hearing aid, that uses a system of Altered Auditory Feedback (AAF). What this means is when a person wears the SpeechEasy device and speaks, the spoken words are replayed in the ear with a very slight delay and frequency modification. As a result, the brain perceives it is speaking in unison with another person. The perception of speaking in unison creates the choral effect, reducing or even eliminating the stuttering. For more information regarding SpeechEasy go to www.speecheasy.com.