The Project Walk Difference

Project Walk® is the pioneer in activity-based recovery and has been treating spinal cord injury clients for over a decade. Our Certified Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Specialists treat tens of thousands of client hours each year. These treatment hours consists of clients who have recently sustained a spinal cord injury or may be more than 10 years post injury with severe to moderate impairment. It is this knowledge and experience that makes our program unlike any other recovery center in the world.
Questions to Ask
project walk, competition, neuro recovery network, Christopher reeve, There are many facilities that may appear to be similar to Project Walk but we encourage clients to ask such locations the following:
  1. Does your facility have its own published research to support client progress?
  2. What qualifies your staff to treat spinal cord injuries?
  3. How long have they been in operation?
 
Just because a client is doing exercises outside of their wheelchair does not mean they are being properly treated. Completing sit-ups or crawling until exhaustion does not retrain the nervous system. The goal of activity-based recovery is not to train you like an Olympic Athlete. No matter what exercise you complete, you should experience an increase in health, ultimately:
  1. Are you improving your function below level of injury?
  2. Is your trainer currently certified in The Dardzinski Method?
  3. Are the activities that you are doing increasing your abilities or just working you until exhaustion?
 
If you are ready to see the difference between Project Walk and your current "gym" then...

Why Project Walk is Unique
IMPROVED LEVEL OF FUNCTION
The majority of our clients improve their function below their level of injury! We also have the research to prove that approximately 70% of our clients achieve this type of functional return.1 This is a major difference between Project Walk and other activity-based programs.

RESEARCH
Over the past several years, Project Walk has embarked on an ambitious research agenda. Through collaborating with universities and hospitals we have been able to design and implement various projects that have led to publications in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences. This research allows us to refine and evolve our program in ways that other programs cannot.

EDUCATION
spinal cord injury education, research, certification, project walkProject Walk offers the only certification program in the world that teaches The Dardzinski Method. This program is built upon Project Walk research and more than a decade of pushing the boundaries of spinal cord injury recovery. Our global network of Certified Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Specialists continue to learn and develop their skills. Our method changes constantly as we learn more about the nervous system and how it responds to our method.

WHEELCHAIR FREE
All of the exercises at Project Walk are completed with the client out of his or her wheelchair. The emphasis is on load bearing activities that may help increase function, bone density, muscle mass, sensation, and circulation.1,2

SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
spinal cord injury support, rehabilitation support, social network, peer supportAt Project Walk, there are clients who have been in the program for years or just started. Thus, clients can council each other and help to understand the recovery process. Clients are not alone during the recovery process as we have peer support groups and our Specialists who work with spinal cord injuries on a daily basis. Project Walk has its own social network dedicated to individuals living with paralysis. This community, Project Walk Connect, allows stories to be shared and connections to happen.

NO MEDICATIONS
Many of our clients find that after starting our program they are able to decrease or completely eliminate their medication programs.

IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE
The combination of exercise and decrease in medication ultimately may result in an increase in health and an improved quality of life. Through an intense exercise program, your body may become more resilient to common spinal cord injury ailments such as pressure sores, urinary tract infections, blood pressure problems and poor circulation.

HOPE
Everyone needs hope. Without hope, recovery is nearly impossible. Clients find that our facility encourages the possibility of recovery. Hope is not discouraged but found within our staff and most importantly our clients.spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, SCI, rehabilitation, project walk

1 Harness ET, Yozbatiran N, Cramer SC. Effects of Intense Exercise in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal Cord. 2008 46, 733–737

2 Astorino TA, Witzke KA, Harness ET. Efficacy of Multimodal Training to Alter Bone Mineral Density and Body Composition in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Study. Poster session presented at: 29th Annual Meeting of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine; 2009 Oct 23-24; San Diego, CA.
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