Additional Specialty Services
Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) can be an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is delivered and/or directed by a health/human service provider working within the scope of their profession. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human, physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. AAT is provided in a variety of settings and may be group or individual in nature.
Exercise in a pool setting with physical and/or recreational therapists promotes gait and muscle mobility in a safe, balance-supported environment. Goals may include flexibility, strengthening, and cardiovascular endurance. The warm water helps to reduce muscular spasticity, increase flexibility, and provide a relaxing recreational activity. Accommodations of all types may be made for an individual to participate.
Cognitive Perceptual Motor Retraining
CPM is a skill-building (remediation) treatment that helps clients develop basic skills which progress into more complex skills. The theory mirrors how children learn skills for the first time. Likewise, adults who have sustained a brain injury can relearn skills through a systematic process offered by a trained professional. CPM is a comprehensive approach to cognitive rehabilitation.
Origami was the first LoveYourBrain Clinical Affiliate in the nation. The FUNdamental Yoga Series is available to brain injury survivors and caregivers. The specialized yoga practice targets relaxation, breathing, and strengthening of the body and mind. A group discussion immediately follows to focus on various themes such as mindfulness, resiliency, and gratitude. The practice is modified to all skill levels and is offered at no cost.
Our expert Physical Therapists use hands-on treatment methods for muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and joints, called manual therapy. The goal for using these skilled hand movements is to increase range of motion, induce relaxation, decrease pain, and reduce soft tissue swelling. Functional exercises are added to provide a holistic approach to pain and joint dysfunction to help re-learn normal strength and movement patterns.
Neuro-Visual Postural Training
Neuro-Visual Postural Therapy (NVPT) addresses spatial visual processing dysfunction and its relationship to the proprioceptive base of support. Following a neurological event, these processes can be affected, leading to vision, balance, and postural changes. Origami’s physical therapists work directly with a Neuro-Visual optometrist to establish the plan of care. They integrate these processes into the rehabilitation plan to reduce the risk of falls, and improve visual system, executive processing, posture, and balance.
Serial casting is a non-invasive treatment modality that allows a low load, continuous stretch at a joint to improve functional use of an upper or lower extremity. Some goals include reducing spasticity, preventing and reducing contractures, increasing passive and active range of motion, facilitating proper positioning, and reducing pain. Casts are applied with the joint at a submaximal stretch to avoid tearing of tissues which results in scarring. After approximately 3-5 days, casts are removed and reapplied in the newly gained range of motion. A series of 5-7 casts are used to gain the client’s maximal range of motion and functional use of the extremity.
Clients who experience dizziness, poor balance, low activity level, and vision difficulty may benefit from this specialized service. Origami’s Physical Therapists have received additional training in vestibular rehabilitation. During the vestibular evaluation, the Physical Therapist will assess strength, range of motion, balance, ambulation, sensation, and ocular motor tests to assess the vision and vestibular systems.
It is common to experience vision changes following a brain injury, and this can affect everyday activities such as school, work, leisure, driving, and home management. Every client referred to occupational therapy at Origami will receive a vision screen. If physical, cognitive, or perceptual vision complications are identified, the therapist will work closely with the client and an Optometrist who will develop a treatment and exercise plan.