Timing is Everything
Performance Rehab Senior Care is a certified provider of Interactive Metronome (IM), an assessment and treatment tool used by our therapists for patients with neurological conditions affecting cognitive and motor function. The design of the program ensures that patients recognize progress as it is occurring, increasing their motivation toward therapy and their ultimate recovery. IM is used to improve attention, coordination, language processing, reading and math fluency and impulse and aggression control.
By addressing timing in the brain with IM (alongside functional therapy interventions), patients are not only addressing areas of ability that impact achievement and independence, but also the heart of the problem — that of deficient neural timing within and between regions of the brain that are underlying many of the problems that addresses during therapy. This leads to more efficient treatment and better overall treatment outcomes. Seniors diagnosed with a wide variety of conditions benefit from using IM:
— Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
— Brain Injury
— Brain Tumor (Post surgery or chemotherapy)
— Limb Amputation
— Multiple Sclerosis
— Parkinson’s Disease
— Spinal Cord Injury
Fall Risk Reduction
Seniors have the inability to maintain proper postural control and gait while performing other cognitive tasks predisposes them to falls. They need to avoid obstacles, recover from postural perturbations and walk symmetrically in order to stay upright.
Seniors fall for a wide variety of reasons, so with IM, our therapists can recommend and teach an interdisciplinary approach to fall prevention that addresses the musculoskeletal, proprioceptive, oculomotor, vestibular and cognitive/communicative systems with specific therapeutic activities and exercises while emphasizing the foundational skills of timing and rhythm. By targeting the whole patient as we address the core deficit in neural timing, patients work more efficiently toward the goal of preventing falls and greater functional independence.
Research consistently shows the benefit of integrating timing and rhythm into therapies aimed at remediating gait and hemiplegia. However, Interactive Metronome takes timing and rhythm to a whole new level with specific real-time feedback for millisecond timing throughout the training program to promote ever more precise timing, reciprocal movement and gait symmetry. No other therapy modality allows the patient to walk freely while receiving real-time feedback about the quality of every step.