Stroke Research and Trials
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TIRR's Brain Injury and Stroke Program has been awarded Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System designation, a highly competitive recognition with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
TIRR provides support groups, counseling and individualized training to prepare families and caregivers to assume the additional responsibilities of caring for patients after discharge.
To help patients maximize their full potential, TIRR also provides locomotor training, in which the patient walks on a treadmill while partially suspended by a harness. Trained therapists move the patient's legs to simulate walking. As the patient improves, the weight supported by the harness and the assist to the legs is gradually decreased. Used to improve the neural pathways and therefore, the muscles and function of the body, locomotor training was developed from recent advances in the scientific understanding of neural plasticity.