Rehabilitation Technology

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital features the latest in technology to provide for superior patient outcomes. Our state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment also ensures the highest levels of safety for our patients, families and treatment teams.

Examples of this advanced technology include:

Ceiling Lift Systems

Ceiling lifts are utilized in both therapy gyms and in a number of patient rooms. These lift systems are used to protect both the patient and the hospital staff in the movement, handling and treatment of patients unable to support their own body weight.

Gait Training Un-weighing System

The gait training un-weighing system can be used on land or in combination with a treadmill to enable partial-weight-bearing therapy. Partial-weight-bearing gait training provides the assurances of comfort and safety to allow the patient to concentrate on learning to walk again. It also allows the therapist treating the patient to focus on facilitating and correcting the mechanics of the walking cycle without having to support the weight of the patient.

The gait training un-weighing system utilized at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital is equipped with a dynamic suspension system that allows for vertical displacement of the patient’s center of gravity and functional pelvic rotation to promote normal walking mechanics during partial-weight-bearing therapy. This allows the patient to learn to walk with proper gait mechanics before being able to support his/her full body weight.

Balance System Technology

Mercy utilizes balance system technology that provides the patient and therapist with real time biofeedback. This prompts the patient into proper postural and balance control during treatment sessions and allows for specific targeting to improve proprioception (awareness of where your body is in space), stabilization and weight shifting.

Wii-habilitation

Use of the Nintendo Wii in rehabilitation provides a measure of fun to the patient’s rehabilitation. At the same time, therapists are able to choose specific games and activities to strengthen targeted muscle groups, challenge the patient’s cognition, improve coordination, and increase the patient’s endurance / activity tolerance.

Varied Surface Gait Training

An outdoor gait training courtyard is available for patients to practice walking on multiple surfaces (concrete, grass, gravel, stairs, inclines, declines, etc.).  This provides the treatment team opportunities to simulate the environments that most closely resemble the challenges the patient will face after returning home.

VitalStim® Therapy for Treatment of Dysphagia (swallowing dysfunction)

The VitalStim® therapy system unites the power of electrical stimulation with the benefits of swallowing exercises. Combining VitalStim and traditional therapy allows clinicians to accelerate strengthening while restoring function. Research has demonstrated that combining these therapies results in better outcomes than using either one alone.

Low-stimulation Gym

Patients who have experienced a stroke or brain injury can sometimes become overwhelmed in noisy, bright or busy environments. This over-stimulation can negatively affect the patient’s ability to participate in the therapy program, which slows recovery. Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital offers a separate low-stimulation therapy gym to provide the optimal healing experience for these patients.

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