NextStep Los Angeles is California's premier paralysis recovery center focused on neurological rehabilitation and fitness.

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

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.

Overground Training is conducted immediately following a LT session. During Overground Training, we push the nervous system after you’ve activated it while weight bearing on the treadmill. While your nervous system is at its’ most heightened point, we focus on activating your limiting factors in order to regain as much function as possible. For example; if your core is weak and is the reason you are unable to stand, we will focus our session activating and strengthening your core muscles.


NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation (“NMES”)

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation, an activity-based therapy, provides high frequency, wide pulse width, task specific stimulation to generate a motor output while increasing the central state of excitability in the spinal cord. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is provided via the Restorative Therapies Incorporated Sage unit with Xcite software and use of lead wires to 12 different muscle groups based on the targeted item from the Neuromuscular Recovery Scale. Tasks are performed with and without stimulation to transfer the improved neuromuscular capacity into the home and community environment.


Functional Electrical Stimulation (“FES”)

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 RTI-300 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. 


GUIDED EXCERCISE

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.

 


CUTTING-EDGE EQUIPMENT AND FACILITY

Our facilities offer cutting-edge and accessible rehabilitation and fitness equipment.

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.


OUR EQUIPMENT

  • Gait Training and Standing
    • Therastride Locomotor Treadmill
    • Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill
    • Three (3) Standing Frames and Vitaglides
    • Parallel Bars
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation
    • NMES system
    • Three (3) RTI 300 FES Arm and Leg Bikes
  • Vibration Training
    • Galileo Vibration Plate
    • Power plate
  • Cardiovascular Exercise
    • Two (2) NuStep Bikes
    • Two (2) Sci-Fit Arm bikes
  • Strength Training and General Exercise
    • Three (3) High Low Electric Mats – Mat Damon, Mat Leblanc, and Mat McConaughey 
    • Cybex Bravo
    • Total Gym
    • Rickshaw
    • HUR Pneumatic Exercise Equipment
    • Versa Climber
    • Weight racks and dumbbells
    • Bosu Balls, bands, gloves, wrist guards
    • Cardiac Chair