Neurokinex

Neurokinex Kids provides pioneering rehabilitation programmes for children living with paralysis. Their areas of specialisation include spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy (including post-SDR programmes), brain injury, and stroke.

Neurokinex

A non-profit established in 2013, Neurokinex is the UK’s leading provider of specialised Activity-based Rehabilitation (ABR) for neurological injuries and conditions. Whereas many traditional rehabilitation providers focus on compensating for paralysis, Neurokinex focuses instead on promoting recovery through the latest breakthroughs in neurorehabilitation research.

Neurokinex is the first and only international affiliate of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network® (NRN), members of which include some of the leading paralysis rehabilitation facilities in the world. Neurokinex Kids will be the first centre outside of the US to offer the NRN’s innovative therapies to children.

Neurokinex Kids’ Activity-based Rehabilitation programmes include protocols unique to the NRN including:

  • Locomotor Training – which aims to reawaken dormant nerve pathways by repetitively stimulating nerves and muscles in the lower body and thus retraining the spinal cord to ‘remember’ the pattern of walking. During the session the child is suspended in a harness above a treadmill and practices standing and stepping with the aid of expertly trained therapists.
  • Wide-pulse Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation – a unique form of electrical stimulation that is administered as part of an activity during which electrodes are applied to the paralysed muscles and stimulus is delivered to stimulate the spinal cord circuitry to reawaken or strengthen nerve pathways.

The benefits of ABR vary from child to child but include improved motor and sensory function, cardiovascular and pulmonary function, bowel/bladder behaviour, circulation, skin and muscle health, and improved bone development and joint health.

Studies have show that children are even more receptive to neurological rehabilitation than adults due to their greater neuroplasticity or, in other words, the ability for the nervous system to change and adapt to such therapies. By participating in these cutting edge rehabilitation programmes children living with paralysis can benefit from functional recovery as well as promoting more normal growth and development.  This in turn reduces the chances of secondary complications and the burden of care on their families.

No less important, today’s injured toddlers could benefit from tomorrow’s neuroscience advances in treating various forms of paralysis – but only if they are physically and neurologically fit enough to make the most of what is around the corner. Through their association with the NRN, Neurokinex is committed to remaining at the cutting edge of research and innovation in neurological rehabilitation.

The goal at Neurokinex Kids is to get children back to doing what they do best – having fun and exploring the world. Equal in importance to recovery is an understanding that children need to enjoy therapy in a happy and safe environment in order to see the greatest benefit. The Neurokinex Kids motto — ‘The Sky Is The Limit’ — will be reflected throughout the paediatric centre via the theme of air travel, with a colourful airport mural, physiotherapy softplay, chalkboard wall, dress-up corner, toys, and, of course, the latest technology in neurological rehabilitation and specialist therapists.

http://neurokinex.org