Physical & Occupational Therapy
Physical and occupational therapy are key components of rehabilitation following spinal cord injury. As varying degrees of mobility loss permanently affect muscle function, a consistent regimen of therapy and exercise enhances the rehabilitation process.
Cheshire Home's therapy center is a hub of activity, as residents, under the supervision of our certified clinicians, dedicate themselves to the exercises that increase their ability to become self-sufficient.
Physical therapy helps individuals with paralysis to improve blood circulation, regain a measure of stamina, strength and range of motion, and maintain muscles in paralyzed limbs while strengthening and toning less affected or unaffected muscles. Potential improvement in balance, coordination and range of motion is maximized, and in some cases mobility is restored.
In conjunction with physical therapy, occupational therapy assists our residents in improving arm and hand movement and coordination, boosting their capacity to perform personal tasks. Weekly, our Occupational Therapist meets with residents for a fun baking activity. They work on cutting, measuring and mixing which aids in their ultimate goal of independent living.
Our most recently added physical therapy equipment is the RT 300 Cycle, seen top left, which provides electrode stimulation to the leg muscles, preventing atrophy, and improving circulation and oxygenation. The RT 300 Cycle was generously funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Novartis Philanthropy, and private donations!