Project Walk History

About Us
Project Walk® Paralysis Recovery Centers, the world leader in paralysis recovery, provides an improved quality of life for people with disabilities through intense activity-based recovery programs, education, training, research and development. The Project Walk brand is exclusively owned and operated by SCI Business Solutions Inc.® and consists of a global network of franchised and licensed locations.

Project Walk understands that every client has special needs; therefore, we offer multiple programs to best meet those needs and optimize our clients’ chances for recovery. Those options include both facility recovery options and home recovery options which provide different levels of support.

Being the pioneer in activity-based recovery with nearly two decades of experience, Project Walk and its highly trained staff is on the cutting edge of this emerging field. Each center across the globe is staffed with highly qualified Certified Recovery Specialists® who treat thousands of hours every year from more than 40 countries and 6 continents.

Our Worldwide Headquarters located in Carlsbad, CA  is the center of Specialist training, certification, research and development. The latest and most advanced equipment can be found in our facilities which are designed to not only treat clients, but to advance the field of paralysis recovery.

We are the only center not attached to a hospital or university that has published research in peer reviewed journals and ongoing grant-funded research projects.
1999
Project Walk started in a small training center specializing in functional and postural training. A challenge was presented to the facility when a quadriplegic client came to the center. The customer had been discharged from his traditional rehabilitation facility and was informed that he had completed his therapy. Dissatisfied with his prognosis of living in a wheelchair, the client wanted more and sought out an alternative form of treatment. With the help of facility staff the man began to progress and within the year was taking steps. This client continues to walk on a daily basis. It was with this client that our method began to develop. Of the first five clients treated by the center, three of them went from wheelchair to walking and Project Walk was born.
2001
The success that clients were experiencing at Project Walk began to spread through the paralysis community. Clients from all over the US began to seek out the expertise only found at Project Walk.
2002
It became very apparent that there was a need for an activity-based recovery program designed for clients suffered from a spinal cord injury, various forms of paralysis and other mobility related disorders. New clients continued to visit and move to Southern California for this aggressive form of treatment. The company expanded to a 5,000 square foot center in Carlsbad, CA.
2003
Knowing the challenges of training clients affected by different neurological disorders, in that people with the exact same injury may have different abilities and healing time frames, a pattern of recovery was discovered. This observation led to the formalization of The Project Walk Method. This method is unique to our locations and only practiced at Project Walk.
2004
The Project Walk Method became more refined and the clients continued to show improvement. Project Walk grew quickly and expanded into a 15,000 square foot center.
Old Project Walk
2005
In November, the first annual Steps to Recovery Event was held. This annual event showcased Project Walk clients and the benefits of activity-based recovery. The first event included fifteen clients, all told they would never walk again, and all of them took steps.
2006
spinal cord injuryThe Project Walk Method continued to evolve as more clients were successfully treated. Project Walk began to collaborate with University of California at Irvine to complete its first research study on the effects of exercise on spinal cord injury recovery. Project Walk had grown to support over 50 facility-based clients and over 100 visiting clients on an annual basis.
2007
To make Project Walk more accessible, a Certified Facility program was established. Certified Facilities allowed Project Walk to reach more clients and bring The Project Walk Method to their hometowns. These facilities were not owned or operated by Project Walk but allowed their staff to complete our in-house certification program. The first four facilities to be associated with this program opened their doors in United States, Japan, and Australia.
2008
The Project Walk Institute of Paralysis Recovery is formed. The Institute provides physical therapists and exercise professionals the opportunity to become certified in The Project Walk Method. The birth of the Institute also brings about the first Project Walk research paper published in a peer-reviewed journal. New Certified Facilities are also opened in Spain, Canada, and the United States.
2009
Project Walk celebrates its ten-year anniversary with a Certified Facility in Norway and the expansion of its certification program. In just two years, certifications have been granted to trainers and therapists in more 10 countries.
2010
The sixth annual Steps to Recovery event is broadcast over the internet for the first time. Our Headquarters has treated thousands of clients from 46 states and 18 countries; the staff has grown to more than 25 Specialists that treat a yearly average of 26,000 client hours. The Institute continued to grow with three more research collaborations that included California State University, San Marcos and the University of California, Irvine. Project Walk also begins to collaborate with major hospitals throughout the United States.
2011
Project Walk Headquarters expands into a 25,000 sq. ft. state-of-the art facility and welcomes new locations in the United States and Brazil. Two more research projects are started and the expansion into online training begins.
Project Walk Expansion
2012
A year of expansion and change is ushered in with three new online recovery programs. These programs introduce clients, who have never visited Project Walk, to activity-based recovery. Project Walk begins to offer franchise opportunities to allow for more qualified facilities to be opened as patient care continues to shape the Project Walk model. This year also brings the launch Project Walk Connect. This is an online community that offers support, research, and guidance to the paralysis community.
2013
Expansion continues for Project Walk as it opens its first franchise location in Claremont, CA and signs on two more locations. The growth of the franchise program allows for the signing of four partnerships with key equipment manufacturers Power Plate, Total Gym, Restorative Therapies Inc., and Redcord.
 
Project Walk Equipment
2014
Project Walk franchises open in Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Houston. The success of the model continues to bring more franchise locations in the network and nearly every week someone new is looking to bring Project Walk to their hometown.
2015
Our first east coast franchise opens north of Boston and Denver is announced as our next location, due to open in September. In addition to the new franchise locations Project Walk announces the formation of a Medical Advisory Board to help grow its presence in the medical community.
Headquarters
San Diego, CA