Technology at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Where you choose to receive care can make all the difference. Not every facility offers the same level of expertise, equipment, or therapies. Gaylord offers an extraordinary range of technologies and patient services, all based on the latest research and best practices. As our patients continue their journey, we offer a full complement of assistive technologies that enable greater independence.
Click the sections below to learn more about some of the technology Gaylord offers.
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill ®
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill® uses NASA-developed Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology that enables unprecedented unweighting therapy and training capabilities. This technology uses air pressure to comfortably lift the user and allows him or her to walk or run while bearing only a fraction of their body weight. Gaylord has AlterG treadmills in all outpatient locations.
ZeroG Gait and Balance System ®
The ZeroG Gait and Balance System® protects patients from falls while providing dynamic body-weight support for walking, balancing, sit-to-stand maneuvers and even stairs. Because ZeroG is mounted to an overhead track, there are no barriers between the patient and therapist. With ZeroG (the only such system in the state), inpatients can begin rehabilitation as early as possible in a safe, controlled environment.
Gaylord is the only facility in Connecticut to have the Ekso ™ bionic exoskeleton. The Ekso™ is a portable, adjustable bionic suit designed to help patients with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness (from a spinal cord injury, stroke, or other neurologic condition) to stand and walk with a reciprocal gait. A physical therapist with special training uses the control pad to program the desired walking parameters, such as gait length and speed.
Bioness Integrated Therapy System – BITS®
The BITS'® touchscreen has multiple interactive program options that challenge patients to use visual motor activities, visual and auditory processing, and cognitive skills and endurance training. BITS is a multi-disciplinary therapy solution designed to motivate patients and improve clinician efficiency with 24 unique programs and four standardized assessments.
The Apple iPad® is used to provide assistance with communication and organization. Patients are taught to use applications that help with cognitive and functional capabilities. Plus, they can keep in touch with family and friends. Our staff helps patients use the best apps to maximize their time and effort.
Functional Electrical Stimulation
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves, evoking muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. Gaylord uses the RT300 FES cycle, which can create patterned movement in the arms, legs and trunk.
After a neurological event, it is common to have weakness in the leg, foot and ankle, which can result in foot drop, which is the inability to pick up the foot while walking. The Walk Aide® helps to prevent foot drop. The small, self-contained device uses a switch to trigger electrical stimulation of the muscles that lift the foot and doesn’t require orthopedic or special shoes while in use.
Bioness L300 Plus ®
The Bioness LS-300® is a computer based, wireless, sensor-driven electronic stimulation unit used to control ankle and knee motion and stability during walking. This technology is proven to increase stability, speed, and confidence during walking, while decreasing the risk of falls.
The G-Walk® is a wireless system for motion functional analysis. A special sensor enables clinical tests such as the “Timed Up and Go” and the “6 Minutes Walking Test” to supply benchmarks related to walking, running, and jumping, helping physicians and therapists assess a patient’s condition and determine the efficacy of treatments and rehabilitation therapies.
Saebo MyoTrac Infiniti ®
The Saebo MyoTrac Infiniti® is a comprehensive, portable biofeedback electrical stimulation system assisting with foot drop, which is the inability to pick up the foot while walking. The device delivers stimulation to the targeted muscles based on the client’s own EMG signal. This combination of biofeedback and stimulation enables people to maximize their rehabilitation and recovery.