CNI NeuroHealth Center
When you are the patient, the goal in rehabilitation is to improve function so you can become as independent as possible. The CNI NeuroHealth Center staff are here to support and assist your journey toward wellness and independence. We join your physician, family, friends and other health professionals in helping you to be the best you can be. Together, we can discover strategies that work for you and help you regain old skills or learn new ways of adapting to changes in your body function. Your health care team takes care of all of you, but certain people take the lead in a given area, allowing them to gain mastery and expertise, which is useful to you in your journey.
All of our therapists here at the CNI NeuroHealth Center have worked with individuals with neurological problems for many years and have developed unique skills. Over 50% of our staff has over 30 years of experience working with patients just like you. This wealth of knowledge is here for you and your caregivers. Together, we can accomplish the goals we jointly lay out on your first days with us.
Physical Therapy (PT)
Our physical therapists specialize in evaluating and treating disabilities related to motor and sensory problems. They are trained in all aspects of anatomy and physiology related to normal function, with an emphasis on movement of the trunk and lower extremities. They assess your strength, endurance, range of motion, gait (walking) abnormalities and sensory deficits to design individualized rehabilitation programs aimed at helping you regain control over motor functions. In general, physical therapy emphasizes practicing isolated movements, repeatedly changing from one kind of movement to another and rehearsing complex movements that require a great deal of coordination and balance, such as walking up or down stairs or moving safely between obstacles. Key parts of your program will involve repetition of good movements, moving to targets, and varying the activity. Specialized equipment or techniques we offer at the CNI NeuroHealth Center include: body weight-supported treadmill training, balance biofeedback training, functional electrical stimulation.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Our occupational therapists specialize in improving functional abilities you need for everyday living and also upper extremity and trunk movement. They help you relearn motor skills needed to perform self-directed activities, such as eating, cooking, bathing housecleaning and driving. OTs are the experts in helping you change elements of your environment that limit your independence. For example, people with the use of only one hand can substitute Velcro closures for buttons on clothing. OT specializes in safety and can make suggestions about grab bars and bathroom devices to keep you more independent and safe from falls. They also take a close look at your vision, which can so easily be compromised with neurological insults. Our OTs also provide driving evaluations through the state-of-the-art DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment Tool. Specialized techniques and devices we offer at the CNI NeuroHealth Center include: myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, Saebo devices, splint making, vision rehab.
Speech Pathology or Therapy (ST)
Our speech therapists provide services to evaluate, diagnose and treat communication disorders including the muscles involved in speaking, communication issues related to aphasia, cognitive and memory problems from disease or trauma and also the mechanism of swallowing. Conversational coaching and rehearsal, as well as the development of prompts or cues to help people remember specific words, can also be beneficial. Our speech therapists are experts ing helping you organize yourself to compensate for memory problems as well as strategies to encourage greater attention. Swallowing therapy involves looking at your difficulties and developing strategies to improve swallow safety, types of food you are eating or stimulating and strengthening muscles for better response. Specialized therapies or devices we offer at the NeuroHealth Center include: Lee Silverman Voice Training for people with Parkinson’s disease and Vital stimulation to assist with swallowing or facial paralysis.
Social Services /Case Management
Patients who are medically uninsured or underinsured and eligible for our grant program meet with our social services coordinator to access their financial, social and psychological needs. The goal is to provide services for our clients who are uninsured or underinsured to assist them in their current situation. Interventions may include food stamp applications, transportation to medical appointments, and family and patient counseling. Our coordinator can also facilitate the disability process, Medicaid application and/or a referral to vocational rehabilitation and community mental health services.