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Auxiliary Gives $25,000: Community Invited to Demonstration of New Restorative Therapy Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike

Seven-year-old Kaitlyn Andre of Montrose sits comfortably on her mother Debbie’s lap to demonstrate the new Restorative Therapy Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike at Memorial Hospital. Standing, from left, Tina Maynard, PT; Echo Smith, PT; and Marguerite Shaner, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary President.

Thanks to a generous $25,000 donation from the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Outpatient Therapy Clinic at the hospital in Towanda is pleased to announce the arrival of a Restorative Therapy Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike for the benefit of rehabilitation patients.

According to Echo Smith, MSP, this bike is a well-established rehabilitation technique that uses electrical current to cause muscle contractions in a patterned motion. It creates patterned movement in the arms, legs, and back/belly. Functional Electrical Stimulation causes muscles to work and perform activities even though the muscles may be weak or paralyzed due to neurological disease or injury.

The public along with medical providers are invited to a professional demonstration of this exciting technology with on Monday, November 11 from 8:00 am until noon.

The benefits of this bike are numerous and include reversal of muscle atrophy, improved blood circulation, improved healing of skin and prevention of skin breakdown in patients who are not able to un-weight themselves throughout the day, increasing range of motion, and reducing muscle spasms.

This bike can be used with patients with several diverse diagnoses including patients with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, post CVA, transverse myelitis, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida and cerebral palsy.

This bike can be utilized with pediatric and adult patients alike.

Contradictions for the bike include Pacemaker, unhealed fractures, pregnancy, malignancy, shoulder dislocation that cannot be reduced and open wounds in the areas that stimulation would be applied.

Please call the Outpatient Therapy Clinic at Memorial Hospital at 570-268-2209 with any questions about the Restorative Therapy Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike.

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Press Release
November 1, 2013
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444