Neurokinex – a specialist spinal cord injury rehabilitation centre in Almondsbury, Bristol – is now open five days a week, under the direction of new centre manager and head trainer Edward Baker. Edward, originally from Gloucester, is returning to the South West to take up his new role, following eight years’ experience as a strength and conditioning coach in London where he most recently worked with the English Institute of Sport working with Olympic and Paralympic Athletes.
Neurokinex is a not-for-profit organisation which offers one of the most diverse and inclusive spinal cord injury programmes available in the UK. It provides Activity Based Rehabilitation which focuses on the entire body as opposed to just the functioning parts. The programme stimulates the whole body to work as one unit again and, if possible, to re-establish some form of a link or pathway between the paralysed and functioning parts. It also seeks to strengthen the body and improve stamina to help people enjoy multiple health benefits and increase their level of independence.
“I have been aware of the incredible work being done by Neurokinex at its sister sites in Watford and Crawley,” says Edward Baker. “It’s an absolute privilege to be leading the Bristol team and we hope to reach people across the South West who are looking to take their recovery from a spinal cord injury to the next level,” he says.
Neurokinex Bristol is pleased to offer individuals a number of free rehabilitation sessions to individuals living with a spinal cord injury. People can apply for the free sessions by asking their Neurological Consultant or Physiotherapist to refer them for the treatment and completing the NHS Referral form found at www.neurokinex.org/apply or email email@example.com for more information.
“Neurokinex fulfils a vital role in helping people continue their recovery after discharge from a national spinal injuries centre,” says Edward. “I would urge Spinal Cord Injury Consultants, Physiotherapists and GPs caring for people with a recent spinal cord injury to encourage their patients to take up our offer. Over this period of time, people can get a real sense of what we do here and start to see improvements.”
Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment. Using modern and sophisticated equipment with the assistance of trained and experienced professionals, clients participate in activities which see them standing on their feet, completing movements and using all parts of their body whether they are functional or not.
“Our activity-based rehabilitation can help to improve neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing,” says Edward. “Neurokinex has seen many clients become more able. The results can range from having an improved grasp, reach or balance to standing independently and, for some, even taking their first steps since their spinal cord injury.”