The Unweighting System is designed primarily for individuals who have
insufficient leg and/or trunk strength to support their entire body
weight in the standing position. Through the use of a special body
harness, a specialized treadmill and a computer assisted lift, body
position and the amount of weight bearing may be specifically controlled
as well as the walking speed. The utilization of this system is an
excellent method of improving strength, balance and coordination as the
amount of weight and pace of walking are increased.
X-Sensor Pressure Mapping System
The X-Sensor Pressure Mapping System is a computer program utilized
for seating assessments. This program gives a dynamic visual picture of
the amount and location of seating pressure areas and takes the guess
work out of proper cushion selection. Along with several local vendors, a
large inventory of wheelchair and cushion options are maintained so the
individuals will be able to obtain the appropriate equipment to meet
their specific needs.
Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute (BHRI) in Little Rock is the only hospital in the state to offer Bioness H200,
the latest state-of-the-art neuroprosthetic and rehabilitation system
designed to increase functional use of the hand and minimize impairments
and complications associated with central nervous system injuries.
Therapists have already completed training on the system and have begun using it in the treatment of patients. Stroke,
spinal-cord injuries and other disorders of the central nervous system
are the most frequent causes of long-term disability. These
disorders often result in the impairment of muscle control, reduced
functional abilities, spasticity and loss of strength.
The NESS H200,
an exoskeletal device worn on the hand and forearm, is designed to help
patients regain control and movement of the muscles in their arms and
hands. For example, a stroke patient may not be able to pick up a water
bottle with their injured hand, but while wearing the NESS H200 they are
able to grasp the bottle and move it off the table. The device is also
user friendly and can be put on and removed by the patient, even if both
hands are impaired.
The Bioness L300 is an innovative wireless electrical stimulation
system designed to assist individuals who have foot and ankle weakness
or movement control problems from a central nervous system injury such
as stroke or brain injury. The system stimulates the muscles lifting the
foot at the proper time in the walking sequence. This may reduce the
need for rigid braces and reduce walking deviations used to compensate
for poor ankle control.
Patient rooms at Baptist Health Rehabilitation Facilities are
equipped with an electronic ceiling lift. These enhance patient and
staff safety in assisting individuals with getting in and out of bed who
are not physically ready to participate in pivot transfers.
Additionally, there are three ceiling lifts installed in therapy which
may be used for lifting or, utilizing a special body harness, may be
used for early walking training for individuals who are at a high risk
Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike
The Functional Electrical Stimulation bike is used for individuals
with a variety of diagnoses including spinal cord injuries, stroke,
brain injury and multiple sclerosis who have decreased movement in their
trunk and extremities. Electrodes focus graded amounts of electrical
stimulation to assist the muscle contraction to propel the stationary
bike. Virtual displays provide motivation and help encourage symmetrical
movement of the arms and legs.