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Walk the Line to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery: A healing place for stroke survivors, too

May 23, 2014 9:39 am

Drew Podgorski at Walk the Line to SCI  Recovery

Walk the Line to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery  rehab center in Southfield, Michigan, is a haven.

The stroke survivors you see glowing on Rock the Stroke had their pictures taken at Walk the Line.

Drew recovers there, as they also help stroke survivors.

Our friends Erica and Ira Coulston, and Erica’s parents Fred and Rita Nader, founded the healing place. It was born in 2007 out of the need for better treatment for Erica, after a car accident paralyzed her from the chest down in 2001. The therapy she was getting across the country wasn’t helping, so Erica and her family opened Walk the Line to ensure she and people with spinal cord injuries and other debilitating injuries could get the cutting-edge help they need to fulfill their dreams.

Walk the Line is a place of growth and acceptance – and it’s unlike any other rehab facility.

Where many hospital in-patient and out-patient rehab centers are muted and drab, Walk the Line is bright, upbeat, positive and fun. There are three trainers per person, working in up to three hour sessions with their clients. The medical philosophy, man power, positive environment and latest equipment all helps people literally walk out of their wheelchairs. There is heart, drive, determination, support and the willingness to push back when doctors and society tell you that you cannot.

Here’s what Erica has to say about Walk the Line and how it can help stroke survivors:

“Because Walk The Line is owned and operated by a family living with a loved one that has a spinal cord injury, we strive to create a family friendly and community- oriented environment that embraces all of our clients ‘ hopes and goals for recovery.

Even though we started out as a spinal cord injury recovery program, we have found that the combination of our unique protocol, stimulating environment and creative staff can benefit others with a variety of neuro-based diagnosis, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Our therapy sessions are three hours in duration and clients are encouraged to attend two to four times per week in order to maximize benefit. Our staff is trained to recognize and help correct muscular, coordination and balance deficiencies resulting from a neurological based injury or illness.

With stroke, as with other severe neurological conditions, the sooner aggressive therapy is pursued, the better. But it is always important to stay hopeful and keep an open mind.

At Walk The Line to SCI Recovery, we believe in the power of the human spirit and that each of us holds the power to accomplish anything that we set our minds and our hearts to.”

Through Drew’s latest rehab stint at Walk the Line, he’s been able to open his hand and lift his foot and right leg with more strength and control.

Thank you, Walk the Line.

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