Journey Forward

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Contact Information

Journey Forward
Contact: John Walthers, Vice President and Program Director
Email Address: info@journey-forward.org
Phone: 781-828-3233

5 Shawmut Road Canton, MA 02021
Area Served: Southeast

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Narrative

Journey Forward is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury through an intense exercise program. Exercise is important to everyone and even more so to those who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury.

Medical insurance only covers very specific types of rehabilitation. Since we are not a medical facility they most likely will not cover our program. Secondly, most insurance has to put a time line on recovery and how long they will payout. It is difficult for us to put a timeline on an individual’s recovery, since it can take months or years depending on that individual’s goals. However, our long term goals are to bridge the gap between our program and insurance coverage.


Dynamic Neural Stimulation:
This is one of the most important aspects to regaining function. We focus on stimulating the client’s nervous system through different movements. This is where our staff is trained to assist the client’s nervous system and assist them in completing movements. After repetitions over time the nervous system will begin to adapt to this stimulus.

Load Bearing:
Getting into the load bearing positions is a key aspect of recovery. This allows the nervous system to experience the stress of bearing the body’s weight. This has been shown to have positive benefits including improved bone density, greater stress on the muscles, and an increase in nervous system adaptations.

 

Vibration Training:
Vibration training allows even greater demand to be forced on the body. Many will experience an increase in sensation and function when performing activities while vibration training. Vibration training will also incorporate aspects of load bearing and has also shown many of the same benefits.

 

Gait Training:
Gait Training is learning the correct patterns needed to take steps. This ambulatory training is done at many different levels and is adjusted to the client’s abilities and gains recovery. Gait training can be done passively, actively, and assisted.

 

FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation):
FES is a rehabilitation technique whereby electrical current stimulates nerves to evoke muscle contractions. FES creates patterned movement of the legs, enabling the muscles to work and perform active cycling and increase muscle mass.

Service Types

  • Outpatient
  • Rehabilitation

Program Type

  • Medical

Populations Served

  • Spinal Cord Injury

Ages Served

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Fees: Personal Funds