A seminar highlighting ground-breaking advancements in spinal cord injury rehabilitation will be held in Robina on Monday afternoon.
Participants will gather at the International NeuroPhysics Functional Performance Institute.
NueroPhysics is the program that helped Australian Paralympian John Maclean walk again after spending 25 years in a wheelchair.
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This forum has global implications as next month Ken Ware will present to research academics within the scientific precinct of Cambridge, MA, USA.
Representatives of the acclaimed Beth Israel Medical Centre and Harvard Medical School amongst others, have expressed their interest in observing Mr Ware’s unique techniques as he works with an incomplete C4, C5 quadriplegic.
Those attending Monday’s seminar at Robina include Australia’s International spinal cord research advocate, Perry Cross. Chairman of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, Grant Moffit. Queensland Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association Representatives from both Griffith and Bond Universities.
“The intent is to work and collaborate with Australian entities that are also actively involved in this area of medical research, so collectively we can provide the best possible outcomes for sufferers of spinal cord injury,” confirmed NeuroPhysics founder Mr Ware.
Seminar attendees will be exposed to the very real and amazing results being achieved by Melbourne-based paraplegic, Joy Heenan who endured a serious fall from a horse four years ago.
Joy will discuss the benefits she has already gained after just 10 sessions of the NeuroPhysics program.
Having already undertaken other treatments around the world Joy is able to differentiate between the relative techniques currently available throughout the world.
One individual who has been astounded and excited by the rate of Joy’s rehabilitation is experienced para-olympic team and spinal unit physiotherapist, Jane Buckley.
“My mind’s still recalibrating at the moment, it’s been pretty amazing to see what she’s been able to do, things that theoretically she should not be able to do,” said Mrs Buckley.
Buckley was introduced to the merits of the program through acclaimed sports physiotherapist, Victor Popov, who works alongside Mr Ware.
“This is a whole new concept to me and after the first day being introduced to the program, it is quite exciting to see the potential and the phenomenal possibilities that are there for this form of treatment.
“From a complete lesion point of view you would not see the ability to get up on her legs like that. The amount of assistance is minimal compared to what would usually occur with someone with such a lesion. She should not be able to stand like she does.
“It’s pretty mind blowing. Ken is tapping into something within the nervous system that hasn’t ever been tapped into before and providing very encouraging results!”
Interestingly, NeuroPhysics wasn’t initially established as a spinal cord injury rehabilitation technique, however the more Mr Ware explored the scientific foundations and practical implications of the therapy, the more its value in the treatment of spinal cord injury was validated.
“The medical management processes of NeuroPhysics have continually evolved and proven to be very effective in the area of spinal cord injury rehabilitation,” said Mr Popov.
“This area of treatment is a world I’m not totally familiar with, however it’s extremely pleasing and reassuring that after witnessing just three hours of the NeuroPhysics program, Jane was left so convinced about its merits.
During the one and a half hour seminar Mr Ware will discuss the scientific basis of the treatment and the process of NeuroPhysics rehabilitation as it relates to spinal cord injury management, with additional viewpoints provided by Jane Buckley and Joy Heenan.
“An optimum outcome from this seminar will be to garner greater interest in the program and for attending organisations to show a potential willingness to learning and understanding the process of NeuroPhysics,” added Mr Ware.
“Without doubt we see integrating the NeuroPhysics therapy treatment into the rehabilitation process, as providing people with a physical disability a greater quality of life.”
The validity of NeuroPhysics Training and Rehabilitation is entrenched in peer reviewed, scientific research data across numerous renowned medical fields around the world.
And while there are no guarantees, Mr Ware stands by his claim that NeuroPhysics Training and Rehabilitation optimises functional capacities in 100% of the people, 100% of the time, irrespective of their condition.
“The program is very individualistic in its approach so it’s not a case of following a particular methodology or sequence of techniques for each and every case,” said Mr Ware.
Main picture courtesy of disabled-web.jhu_.edu.