Able Bionics USA is a chartable community-focused program funded by Bridging Bionics Foundation. Our collaborative goal is to provide access to cutting edge technology, which is typically cost prohibitive, to enhance neuro-recovery and quality of life for individuals who have neurological disorders or mobility impairments.
We launched the program in the Aspen Club & Spa on October 19, 2015. While the Aspen Club & Spa undergoes a remodel, we have temporarily moved to the Snowmass Club in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Operating in a health club facility enables individuals with mobility impairments, who qualify to use the technology, to exercise in an inclusive environment that promotes wellbeing.
To participate in the Able Bionics USA Program, please contact:
Cell: (970) 379-9260
Amanda will email you the paperwork to complete, and schedule your first session with a physical therapist. Once your paperwork has been received, your name will be submitted to the Front Desk to gain access into the Athletic Club and Spa.
Contingent on physical therapist availability and client demand, we will attempt to schedule 3 full days weekly with available slots for clients. The schedule may change as the program develops. We appreciate your patience.
Please show up early for your sessions to use the restroom, complete necessary paperwork and stretch.
NEW CLIENT PAPERWORK
All clients must complete the following paperwork before participating in the Aspen program and before using the equipment:
- Able Bionics USA Client Information Form
- Able Bionics USA Medical Release (to be signed by your physician)
- 2016 Able Bionics USA Waiver – Client, Service Provider, & Volunteer
- ABUSA BBF Media Release
Please scan and email a digital copy of the paperwork to Amanda@bridgingbionics.org and bring the original copies with you to your first scheduled session.
Cell: (970) 379-9260
Contingent on physical therapist and volunteer availability, and client demand, we will attempt to schedule 2 or 3 full days weekly with available slots for clients. The schedule may change as the program develops. We appreciate your patience.
Children are not permitted in the Athletic Club and Spa. For clients or volunteers who bring children with them, please arrive early to check your child/children into the Athletic Club Childcare Facility. The cost is $10/hour. The hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. The Childcare Facility is located down the hallway to the right beyond the front desk to the Athletic Club (near the exit to the pool).
Snowmass Club – Athletic Club and Spa
0239 Snowmass Club Circle, Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Tel: (970) 923-5600
The address for a Google Maps search is: 0239 Snowmass Club Circle, Snowmass Village, CO 81615
From Hwy 82 turn on to Brush Creek Road
At the traffic circle take the second exit on to Highline Road
Turn right on to Snowmass Club Circle
Turn right into the main Snowmass Club entrance
Drive around the traffic circle and take the small road to the right to the lower parking area.
DESCRIPTION OF THE EQUIPMENT
The equipment, which is available for clients to use include:
A raised physical therapy platform mat
For client evaluations and to make transferring from a wheelchair easier;
A Galileo Neuromuscular Tilt Table
Galileo’s side-alternating stimulation systems are a powerful whole-body tool that has shown great results providing functional neuromuscular training and
recovery. In the last 10 years scientists have also shown that the brain and the spinal cord have the ability to learn and relearn after neural injury with highly repetitive activity based interventions.
Instead of activating the muscles voluntarily, the principle of Galileo is to evoke involuntary muscle contractions. This happens directly through using the afferent and efferent nervous system to induce thousands of reflexive muscle contractions – all in a matter of minutes.
Clinical Treatment Advantages of the Galileo Tilt Table
- Reduction of spasticity and management
- Optimizes neuromuscular recovery and accelerates early rehabilitation
- Engages afferent and efferent reflex-based muscle stimulation
- Recruits small & large antagonistic muscles in lying to standing position
- Improves muscle balance, function, power and force
- Provides 4,500 contractions in 3 minutes at 25Hz
Spinal Cord Injury
- Reduction of spasticity and management
- Improvement of neuromuscular recovery and plasticity
- Improvement of balance muscle function, force and power
- Improvement of blood flow
- Improvement of circulation and the lymphatic system
- Higher bone mass and osteoporosis prevention
- Back pain treatment and prevention
- Whole-body stimulation in a laying, sitting and standing position
For more information on the Galileo, please visit the website: http://stimdesigns.com.
An EksoTM Bionic Exoskeleton Suit
Ekso™ is a wearable bionic suit which enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait. Walking is achieved by the user’s weight shifts to activate sensors in the device, which initiate steps. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, replacing deficient neuromuscular function.
- Provides a means for people with as much as complete paralysis, and minimal forearm strength, to stand and walk
- Helps patients re-learn proper step patterns and weight shifts using a functional based platform
- Facilitates intensive step dosage over ground
Ekso is a gait training exoskeleton intended for medically supervised use by individuals with various levels of paralysis or hemiparesis due to neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury or disease, traumatic brain injury and more. With medical clearance, it typically facilitates walking for people with a broad range of motor abilities and sizes; which may include up to C7 complete, any level of incomplete SCI, and non-or pre-ambulatory individuals post-stroke.
- Accommodates an unprecedented spectrum of patients in motor ability
- Everyone medically cleared who has passed physical examination has walked in their first session
- Designed for utility and ease-of-use in a clinic setting
For more information on Ekso, please visit the Ekso Bionics website at: http://eksobionics.com.
INFORMATION ON CLIENT USE OF EQUIPMENT
Before using any equipment, all clients must first schedule a session with a physical therapist.
- For the Galileo Neuromuscular Tilt Table, typically one or two 30 minute sessions with a PT is required before a client transitions to use the equipment independently or with a helper.
- For the Ekso – bionic exoskeleton suit – a scheduled session with a physical therapist(s) will be required at all times. The client will first be evaluated by a physical therapist to determine if the client meets the inclusion criteria to walk in the device. The clinical evaluation will typically last 30 minutes, followed by a 45 minute walking session.
- We recommend that all clients get in the habit of first stretching and using the Galileo Neuromuscular Training System in preparation to walking in the bionic exoskeleton suit. The Galileo will help reduce tone and spasticity, while increasing circulation. A 15-minute session will be adequate time on the Galileo Tilt Table prior to walking in the Ekso.
The Able Bionics USA Aspen Program with Bridging Bionics Foundation is a charitable outreach to encourage locals with mobility impairments living in the Roaring Fork Valley and I-70 corridor to attain a better quality of life. Bridging Bionics Foundation will conduct ongoing fund raising activities to sustain the program and offset the cost for physical therapist training and compensation.
One-Year Annual Donation Recommendation
A one-time annual minimum donation of $750 to participate in the program is recommended – equivalent to 10 mobility sessions.
(This donation is recommended only, and is not required for those who apply to our program and are in financial hardship)
One-time Visit Only
For individuals who use the technology for one time only, the recommended donation is $150 – equivalent to a 2-hour initial consultation and session with a trained physical therapist.
Please make your donation check payable and send to:
Bridging Bionics Foundation
PO Box 3767
Basalt, CO 81621
We appreciate a 48-hour cancelation notice from your scheduled appointment. It is difficult accommodating schedules and cancelling appointments affects other clients.
If you need to cancel within a 24-hour period before your scheduled appointment, we encourage a $150 donation to cover the cost of compensating our physical therapists for their time. Our physical therapists will need to be paid regardless, whether you show or not. We trust you will honor their time and commitment to helping you achieve your therapy goals.
On behalf of the Able Bionics USA Team, power up and we look forward to seeing you in Snowmass!
Bridging Bionics Foundation