There are many things that separate Project Walk from other programs but the most important is that our clients regain function. We are not a “boot camp” for spinal cord injuries and our goal is not to train you like an Olympic athlete. Other programs that focus on how physically exhausted you are during your workout do not understand the goal of activity-based recovery is not fitness. The goal is to regain function below level of injury and as a result, clients increase their health.
- Increased muscle mass
- Increased central nervous system activity
- Increased health and well-being
- Increased sensation including hot and cold, pain, and touch
- Increased function below level of injury
- Increased occupational skills
- Decreased drug dependence
- Decreased pain
There is no set standard on how long it will take to regain function. Every person has their own goals and desired outcomes and works towards their needs. Each person and the damage they have sustained are different; therefore, you cannot compare yourself to others because each person regains function differently.
Remember, that at Project Walk we DO NOT heal your injury. We retrain your body to do things it once did. Similar to an able-bodied person, if you stop your recovery program then you will regress. You do not have to attend Project Walk for the rest of your life but you will need to continue to exercise and maintain the progess you make.
All of our visiting client programs are a minimum of 1 week in length. However, we may recommend you stay much longer depending on your level of injury, budget, and schedule. For our out-of-state clients, an initial 2- 3 week visit is pretty normal and for our international clients, a 4-8 week stay is on average. The initial length of your stay will be determined by you and Project Walk location during the application process.
If you are unable to attend Project Walk on a consistent basis then you will probably need someone to assists you in your recovery program. This person can be a friend or family member that does not have prior experience working in a rehabilitation or exercise setting. He/she would be able to assist you in your Home Recovery Program and would be more effective if having completed the Train Your Trainer Program.
Project Walk highly recommends that you visit one of our locations. If you are unable to do this then you can purchase the different online programs which the most successful program being our Home Recovery Program.
Project Walk offers many wonderful franchise opportunities. To learn more, please visit the franchise section of our website.