Riverdale, NJ (PRWEB) February 20, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014, two Push to Walk trainers will further their education by attending the three day NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Locomotor Training Workshop at Kessler Rehabilitation Center in West Orange, NJ. Kessler is one of only seven centers in the country to participate in the Christopher and Dana Reeve NeuroRecovery Network. NRN is designed to provide and develop therapies to promote functional recovery and improve the health and quality of life of people living with paralysis.
The workshop will help the staff members refresh, learn, and develop “activity based training” techniques and exercises which will be useful during workouts with Push to Walk clients in the gym. The Locomotor Training portion of the workshop shows how repetition in exercise may lead to improved neural communication and results in relearning to stand and walk.
The NRN Workshop is a combination of online coursework and 2 ½ days of hands on instruction and classroom work. The instructors are knowledgeable physical therapists who work with participants in small groups to help maximize the learning experience. The NRN was developed by Susan Harkema, PhD and is funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Its methods are highly regarded by the medical community and offers the opportunity for Push to Walk staff to elevate their level of service to clients.
Push to Walk is able to cover only about 65% of its operating costs through client fees, and relies on fundraising events to help make up the difference. “Continuing education is of utmost importance, which is why it is important for all staff to attend the NRN workshop especially since our workouts use similar techniques. Additional up to date training for staff can only be made possible through fundraising and we are lucky to be able to attend this workshop due to its proximity,” explains Push to Walk founder, Cynthia Templeton.
Donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website: http://www.pushtowalknj.org. For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at (862) 200-5848 or slajam (at) pushtowalknj (dot) org.
About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Riverdale, New Jersey. Visit http://www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.