Introducing The Gray Centre for Mobility and Activity
This virtual session on Oct. 21 presented a selection of the latest research and treatments in mobility and activity health care.
Watch a recording of the event.
Hear presentations from:
Sue Peters, PhD
Wireless Neuroimaging During Mobility to Predict Recovery Trajectories after Stroke
Stroke survivors say their top rehabilitation priority is to regain the ability to walk. Yet, one out of three stroke survivors do not walk in their community after discharge from rehabilitation. Though a stroke damages the brain, clinicians fail to use brain measures to guide the rehabilitation process. The problem is that there are no proven neuroimaging predictors of mobility recovery. Excitingly, wireless neuroimaging can now allow us to discover more ecologically valid data. Learn more about the possibilities of collecting neuroimaging data using wireless technology during mobility tasks (e.g., overground walking, stairs) at multiple timepoints during a patient’s rehabilitation stay.
Swati Mehta, PhD
Virtual Physical Activity Programming During Pandemic
The current pandemic has reduced access to safe, monitored physical activity (PA) programs for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). Inactivity can contribute to a multitude of secondary complications including worsening physiological and psychosocial health. Learn about the use of telerehabilitation for continuing activity engagement without the risk of virus exposure.
Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso
Mobility and Cognition. The Collision of 2 Giants
Until recently, cognitive and mobility research in older persons has been performed in silos, creating knowledge gaps and obscuring the shared mechanisms that cause both cognitive and mobility impairments. Considering cognitive and mobility impairments separately is not only inefficient but it does not acknowledge the reality that leads to insidious disability in older people caused by dementia and falls. Learn more about our research in cognition and mobility.
Stephanie Cornell, MPT
Who, What, When? Using Technology in Rehab
Parkwood Institute is home to specialized rehabilitation programs with access to some of the most advanced rehab technologies in Canada. Effective and appropriate use of rehab technology means that our patients receive the best care possible, when they need it. But there needs to be a coordinated plan in place to ensure both competency in technology use and sustainability over the long-term. Learn more about our training, education and evaluation model for utilizing rehabilitation technology in practice.
An ever-growing body of evidence supports the use of technology-based interventions for physical rehabilitation in stroke, yet their use in clinical practice has traditionally been low compared to behavioral interventions.
This presentation provides an overview of the technologies and devices for motor rehabilitation post stroke, the evidence for their use, and the results from a national survey of awareness and use of these technologies among physical and occupational therapists.
The panel discussion examines the barriers that limit awareness and use of technologies, how to implement these therapeutic options in practice and educate more researchers, clinicians and patients on their importance. The panel consists of researchers, a therapist, an administrator, a physiatrist and a person with lived experience.
Presenters: Amanda McIntyre, Marcus Saikaley, Manny Paiva, Karen O'Neil, Vern Robinson, Robert Teasell
View the video event: Using Technology to Support Motor Recovery Following Stroke
This event took place on June 30, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced access to safe, monitored physical activity programs for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Inactivity can contribute to a multitude of secondary complications including worsening physiological and psychosocial health, but tele-rehabilitation has the potential to help patients keep active, without the risk of exposure to viruses.
Swati Mehta, PhD, leader of the RehabPsych Lab, presented her study that evaluates the feasibility and limited efficacy of an online, group-based physical activity program for patients with SCI, accessible in large cities and rural settings.
Dr. Steven Macaluso, MD, led a panel discussion on improving engagement through group-based virtual physical activity.
Patients with lived experience and other experts considered how this programming can be adapted and spread.
View the video event: Improving engagement through group-based physical activity.
This event took place Mar. 23, 2022