NextStep Orlando exists to provide those living with a spinal cord injury the opportunity to achieve their greatest recovery potential and an overall increased quality of life. We will achieve this with an innovative, specialized exercise-based recovery program, dedicated staff, in an environment filled with support, hope and motivation.
In 2009, our facility opened its doors to the public to provide hope and recovery for people living with paralysis. Based in Orlando, Florida, NextStep Orlando is a state-of-the-art paralysis recovery center, that is dedicated to meeting individuals various recovery needs. Our center and staff is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all persons with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders. Along with our exercise based recovery program, we aim to provide an environment where all clients and their families can gain knowledge, strength, support and guidance.
On April 21, 2007 I received the phone call no parent is ever prepared for. I was told my only
daughter, Amanda, was being airlifted to a nearby hospital after a serious car accident. As I
raced to the hospital, I could only think one thing: Please, let her be alive.
Once there, I learned Amanda’s friend had fallen asleep at the wheel, hit a traffic light pole and
careened down an embankment. My 18 year old daughter, asleep in the passenger seat,
became a human missile within the car. I was informed her neck was broken and she was
paralyzed. According to her doctors, Amanda would never walk again.
Immediately, desperate panic for my child clawed at me, followed by feelings of confusion,
anger, sorrow and uncertainty. I went from having an active, well-adjusted, daughter who loved her family, friends and participating in dance, to a battered, bed-ridden daughter, unable to sit up, feed herself or be in control of her bowel or bladder function. From her bedside in the hospital, I vowed to fight for my child’s recovery. In the days and weeks that followed, Amanda was fitted for a wheelchair. We were informed our goals for regaining Amanda’s independence and complete mobility were unrealistic.
This horrible reality is similarly faced by over 11,000 families each year. There are very few
options for recovery, especially in Florida. A person living with a spinal cord injury is
overwhelmed. They need recovery, hope, encouragement and a reason to wake up every day.
This is why we founded our facility under our former name, to help those suffering with a spinal
cord injury (SCI) improve their daily living – by regaining function and perhaps, even walking
again. Our program utilizes an aggressive and comprehensive exercise-based program. This is
a proven methodology for SCI recovery and extends the program’s reach and affordability to the
southeastern United States, Florida residents and beyond.
Our new partnership with NextStep will help us continue our mission to provide an aggressive
exercise-based program for all neurological conditions.
WHO WE SERVE
Individuals suffering from paralysis including;
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Parkinson's Disease
- And other neurological conditions...
What We Offer
Locomotor Training allows individuals living with paralysis to repetitively practice standing and stepping using body weight support. In a therapy session, the participant is suspended in a harness over a treadmill while specially trained therapists move his or her legs and body to simulate walking. As the person gains function, improvements in sitting, standing, reaching, grasping or walking occur.
Locomotor training is based on current knowledge of how the brain and spinal cord control stepping and how the nervous system learns a motor skill. The goal is to retrain participants to stand and walk again as they did prior to injury.
When a client is participating in locomotor training, sensory information from the legs and trunk is repetitively sent to the spinal cord. The sensory input comes from the actual stepping, from the manual contact of the therapist on the clients and from the contact of the sole of the foot on the ground.
Guided exercise consists of 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 training with our certified activity-based therapists. Our trainers will work with you to promote functional recovery and improved health.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (“FES”)
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) applies small electrical pulses to paralyzed muscles to restore or improve their function. (FES) is used to stimulate peripheral nerves, the "lower motor neurons" that connect the spinal cord to your muscles. FES can be utilized for muscle re-education, functional substitution, spasticity management or general health and wellness benefits.
NextStep’s FES bikes are specially designed ergonomic bicycles which a person can use from their wheelchair, using electrical stimulation through electrodes to cycle with and without motor support. These bikes can be used for either arm cycling or leg cycling. The benefits of FES cycling are numerous—from aerobic conditioning to increased circulation, spasticity management and muscle flexibility.
Exercise on the NuStep can accommodate our clients' unique needs and help them make functional gains. The NuStep’s inclusive design and adaptive equipment make total-body strength and cardio workouts accessible and possible.
CUTTING-EDGE Equipment and Facility
Our facilities offer cutting-edge and accessible rehabilitation and fitness equipment and the space needed for advanced functional therapy techniques.
- Gait Training and Standing
- Madonna’s ICARE Rehabilitation Elliptical
- Standing Frame
- Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
- RTI-300 FES Arm and Leg Bike
- Vibration Training
- Multi-purpose Vibe Plate
- Cardiovascular Exercise
- Spin Bike
- Strength Training and General Exercise
- Total Gym
- SpinoFLEX: Adaptable Body Weight Support System
- Adductor Machine
- Hip/Glute Machine