iCare rehabilitation for disability in rural health

Barbara Wicks

The innovation of iCare therapy is providing access to physiological rehabilitation in rural and remote settings.

Return to mobility following stroke (CVA) cerebro-vascular incident , (MVA) Motor vehicle accident (TBI) traumatic brain injury and other neurological impairments is difficult without repetition and support. The iCare is an acronym for an ‘intelligently controlled assisted rehabilitation elliptical’. This machine provides cardiovascular strength for lower limbs, improves balance, core strength required for balance along with the neuroplastic change required to regain mobility.

Outcomes have been significant with 1. 10 metre walk tests improving 100% in 20 x weeks, 2. A return to independent walking from being wheelchair bound with a subsequent return of independent ADLs after three months training, together with improved fitness, providing National Heart Foundation NHF cardiovascular risk factor guidelines to a population in need.

Keywords:

rehabilitation, cardiovascular strength, neuroplastic change, independence, mobility, rural and transportable

Biography

Barbara Wicks Exercise Physiologist MAppSc(UQ) Clinical Exercise Science.35 years in clinical practice, including 25 years in cardiovascular rehabilitation/exercise stress testing 5 years in an allied health team in two Private Hospital rehabilitation unitsPrivate work in general practiceRehabilitation for stroke and chronic diseases using the icare mechanical gait trainer.Working currently in iCare Rehab Australia clinics Engaged in continuing post-graduate education in functional movement/Yoga and Pilates and diabetes