neurokinex is the UK’s leading provider of neurological activity-based rehabilitation.
We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing innovative health solutions for individuals living with partial or complete paralysis.
Our mission is to improve health, independence and wellbeing of these communities through access to activity-based rehabilitation.
The original programme having been established in 2007 for spinal cord injury, has evolved into one of the most diverse and inclusive set of programmes available in the UK providing short, medium and long-term health solutions for individuals living with many types of partial or complete paralysis.
By taking personal, goal-oriented approaches to what we do, the range of programmes and packages accommodate individuals of all ages and abilities to achieve attainable outcomes to realise their potential.
A different approach
Traditionally, after becoming paralysed, rehab in specialist neurological hospitals focuses on the parts of the body which still retain function.
The main goals in these ‘acute‘ settings are to ensure that the individual can try to relearn as many basic everyday tasks as possible and learn to function as well as possible in light of the paralysis. In these settings, the parts of the body which are paralysed are often not given the focus they deserve.
Activity-based rehabilitation focuses on the entire body as opposed to just the functioning parts. Clients take part in activities such as rowing, kneeling, core work, cycling, balance work etc which have been tailor-made in light of their neurological impairment.
Using modern and sophisticated equipment and 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 the client is functional or not.
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The goal of activity-based rehabilitation is twofold:
First, as with any gym-based exercise, to strengthen the body as much as possible. This allows the client to gain in strength and stamina, gets the most health benefits and achieves as much independence as is possible.
Secondly, to stimulate the 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.
Although not a cure to paralysis, activity-based rehabilitation has seen great success in improving function, health and well-being of people with paralysis.
It has also assisted in preventing the onset of a number of health risks associated with long-term paralysis such as obesity, osteoporosis, pressure ulcers and depression.