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NextStep "Health...Recovery...Independence"

Opened to the public in 2011, NextStep Atlanta provides lifelong health and recovery for people living with paralysis. Today, most of these individuals are deprived of the resources they desperately need to live long, healthy and happy lives. NextStep Atlanta exists to provide an improved quality of life to people suffering from paralysis through intense exercise-based recovery programs, education, support and encouragement.

NextStep Atlanta understands that every client has special needs. Therefore, we offer several programs to best meet those needs and optimize our clients’ chances for recovery. Being a pioneer in activity-based recovery programs, and with over a decade of combined experience, its staff is on the cutting edge of this emerging field. Our center is staffed with certified Activity Based Trainers who treat thousands of client hours every year from more than 25 states and 6 countries.  Our center located in Alpharetta Ga is a 6500 square foot (state-of-the-art) facility designed to not only treat clients but to teach, encourage and motivate through their recovery. We are the only center, not attached to a hospital or university, that is supported through published research in peer reviewed journals.

We have some of the most advanced equipment designed to treat paralysis including a few items available in no other location that have been developed by and for NextStep Atlanta.


WHO WE SERVE

Individuals suffering from paralysis including;

  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • and other neurological conditions

WHAT WE OFFER

Guided Exercise

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.


LOCOMOTOR TRAINING

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.


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. 


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. 

A comprehensive resource center including; access to doctors and the latest in research, free peer group sessions and educational classes, and informational materials for anyone in the community. 

We also pride ourselves in creating a fun, supportive, progressive, and motivational environment with TVs, VR, a Wii video game system, and uplifting music throughout the facility. We also have changing rooms for our clients.


ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Brain Plasticity - with a chiropractor
  • Nutritional Counseling - with a naturopathic doctor
  • Adaptive Yoga
  • Cranial Acupuncture - coming soon!

EQUIPMENT

  • Gait Training and Standing

    • Locomotor Treadmill with Harness/Lift System
    • Parallel Bars with Harness/Lift System
    • Liftwalker
    • Three (3) Standing Frames
    • One (1) Standing Walker
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation

    • FES RT600 Standing Elliptical
    • FES RT300 Seated Elliptical
    • FES RT200 Arm/Leg Cycle
    • Portable Electrical Stimulation
    • Bioness Wrist/Hand Electrical Stimulation
    • Portable Electromyography System
  • Vibration Training

    • Four (4) Vibration Plates
  • Strength Training and General Exercise

    • Tilt Table
    • Total Gym
    • Quadricisor
    • Cybex Arm Ergometer
    • Dumbbells from 3 lbs to 55 lbs
    • Medicine Balls
    • Resistance Bands
    • Twelve (12) Various Resistance Training Machines