We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that SCI-FIT has joined up with BORP. We will now be providing our services in Berkeley at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street. BORP (Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program) works to improve the health, independence and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness and recreation programs. BORP is the leader and provider of accessible sports in the San Francisco Bay Area. By partnering together, SCI-FIT will be providing our program in the BORP fitness studio Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also one of our staff members will be leading a group class every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Please contact us at (925) 846-1848 to set up a one-on-one session at the BORP fitness studio or to get more information about our group classes.
SCI-FIT is not just a recovery center for those with spinal cord injuries. We work with a large array of neurological disorders. Stroke survivors are our second largest group of clients. It has been proven time and time again through decades of research that exercise is an incredibly important factor in stroke recovery. We will create a program to meet your needs here at SCI-FIT. We work on walking, core strength and balancing, range of motion and more. We have the most advanced technology to help you meet your goals. Our staff are all trained to work with stroke clients. Our success rate has been incredible here at SCI-FIT. We have three centers to choose from Pleasanton, Sacramento and Berkeley. Call (925) 846-1848 from more information.
Our newest innovative equipment has arrived, Robomedica StepGain GRF. The Robomedica combines state of the art computer robotics and an innovative design proving to be a groundbreaking for those with neurological disorders. Decades of research at UCLA pioneered by Dr. Edgerton and Dr. Harkema has shown significant results in spinal relearning with the use of body weight support locomotor training. This type of training provides retraining of stepping after neurological injuries, improved circulation, decreased incidence of soft tissue injuries, improved posture and an increased cardiovascular workout. The Robomedica electronically controlled pneumatic body weight support system allows modulation of the ground reaction forces and permits more normal center of mass movement during body weight supported stepping. We have gone through the Robomedica, Inc. training program and we are ready to get you walking. Contact to SCI-FIT today get scheduled on the Robomedica (925) 846-1848. New clients please fill out our online application.
The Lokomat Walking Therapy is part of our recovery program here at SCI-FIT. We are one of the only centers in the San Francisco Bay Area that has Lokomat training available to the general public.
The Lokomat is a robotic machine built to provide intensive gait training for anyone with limited or impaired gait, such as adults who have suffered stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis or other neurological disorders which can impair gait. The patient is suspended in a harness while the robotic legs are sized and strapped onto the patient. With use of the harness, the patient can be working in any degree of weight-bearing, from fully suspended “air-walking” to full weight bearing.
You can choose to engage in Lokomoat training individually, or in addition to working one-on-one with our Neuro Exercise Therapists. To determine if you are a good candidate for Lokomat Training, clients can schedule a free one-hour evaluation to be measured and try the machine. Lokomat sessions can be purchased per hour, or in bundled packages. New clients please fill out our online application or call us directly at (925) 846-1848.
SCI-FIT continues to keep up with the amazing changes in technology created to help the fight towards recovery from neurological injuries. We have trained staff by Ekso at our center ready to work with you and the exoskeleton. Sessions are an hour long and an evaluation is required before working with the exoskeleton. Please fill out our online application or call us directly to schedule your evaluation at (925) 846-1848.
Ekso™ is a wearable bionic suit which enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait. Walking is achieved by the user’s weight shifts to activate sensors in the device which initiate steps. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, replacing deficient neuromuscular function. Please see the below video of KTVU, channel 2 highlighting the eksoskelton at our center.
SCI-FIT Medical Advisory Board
We are putting together a team of amazing doctors to support our staff and clients at SCI-FIT. We are very lucky to have Dr. Lance Stone head our Medical Advisory Board.
Dr. Lance Stone
Dr. Lance Stone is the Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine at Alameda Health Systems, an integrated public healthcare system in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following his PM&R residency at the University of Colorado and Craig Hospital in Denver, Dr. Stone completed a neuro-rehabilitation fellowship under the guidance of Robert Waters, MD and Jacqueline Perry, MD at the renowned USC/Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center near Los Angeles. Dr. Stone has held academic positions within neurology programs at USC and UCSD, and orthopaedic appointments at UCSD. These experiences have enabled Dr. Stone to publish in the field of ‘restorative neuro-rehabilitation’. In collaboration with V.S. Ramachandran, MD , Dr. Stone co-authored a seminal work in Lancet on the use of ‘mirror’ therapy as a successful treatment for upper-limb motor recovery following stroke. Dr. Stone’s current interests focus on the application of tDCS neuromodulation following neurologic disorders. Recently, he co-directed the first West Coast tDCS symposium devoted to neurocognitive disorders. Dr. Stone believes robotic therapies, individually and in combination with tDCS, offer an opportunity to re-establish innate supra-spinal pathways, which may lead to improved motor recovery following spinal cord injury (SCI) and stroke. Dr. Stone advocates for innovative rehabilitation technologies that he feels must ultimately become available to those in need during all stages of their recovery following a stroke or SCI. Dr. Stone informs research based practices and cutting edge technology at The SCI-FIT Center an adaptive exercise based therapy center serving individuals from across the region with neurologic disabilities in order to optimize their recovery and to create a lifelong plan for their health and wellness.
Client Spotlight-Stephen E.
We post daily to our Facebook page and monthly to our Youtube channel. We are always proudly acknowledging our clients for their amazing progress. Please make sure you visit our Facebook page or Youtube channel by clicking the above links to see the videos we put together of our client’s improvements and steps towards recovery.
About three years ago, Stephen suffered a C5/6 incomplete spinal cord injury while living in the Philippines. While trying to figure out different therapy options, Stephen came across a former client of SCI-FIT and heard about his accomplishment of walking again. He made it his personal goal to be able to walk so he packed up, moved to California a year ago, and started attending SCI-FIT Pleasanton.
He trains 6 hours/week and utilizes the Lokomat Robotic Gait Training System 2 hours/week. Since he began training, Stephen has accomplished the ability to free-stand for 45 minutes without assistance! He continues to work on increasing his core strength, seated balance, and standing balance.
Stephen always shows up ready to work, gives 100%, and never quits! He believes “SCI-FIT gives inspiration to people living with spinal cord injuries and gives hope for a brighter tomorrow”. We know that his positive attitude and dedication will continue to bring him great success. Congratulations on all of your achievements thus far Stephen and keep up the great work!
Watch Stephen in action here:
SCI-FIT accepting insurance!
SCI-FIT Pleasanton is able to provide our clients with insurance coverage. We are now accepting:
Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, United Health Care
Pre-authorization is required for insurance coverage. Fill out our online application today or call us at (925) 846-1848.
KTVU Channel 2 News Special Feature of SCI-FIT
We had the honor of having Claudia Wong, reporter and anchor of KTVU Channel 2 come out to our center and do a highlighted story on SCI-FIT and our newest high tech equipment the exoskeleton by Eksobionics. Please click on the below link to see the full story and video which also features our client Nick Pappas. Thank you KTVU Channel 2!