LASCI Visits with Neuroworx Rehab Participants in Salt Lake City
In mid-April, while many people were vacationing on Spring Break, LASCI founder Bert Burns was continuing the LASCI roadshow, taking our free motivational program to Salt Lake City, Utah for a special appearance at Neuroworx.
Neuroworx is a rehabilitation facility that aims to promote the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions and to create and support the finest comprehensive outpatient neurological rehabilitation facility in their region.
The Neurworx foundation functions in five primary ways:
- Establish NEUROWORX, a comprehensive outpatient clinic containing the most advanced equipment and well-trained therapists to focus on the rehabilitation process.
- Raise funds for the ongoing acquisition of facilities, equipment, and training of therapists and financial support of patients without funding.
- Establish a team of volunteers made up of social workers, contractors, architects, therapists, physicians, etc. to assist an individual or family make the necessary adaptations to lifestyle and housing.
- Create and support a clinical research program.
- Educate the general public and medical community regarding spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions and the need and benefit of progressive functional rehabilitation and exercise for these patients.
Life After Spinal Cord Injury sought to support Neuroworx in their patient-focused goals by delivering a free motivational program for Neuroworx participants and staff, with the intention of giving newly-injured individuals hope and inspiration for a full, successful life after their spinal cord injury.
As Bert arrived at the beautiful, state-of-the-art Neuroworx facility, he spent the majority of the day speaking one-on-one with individuals who were mid-process in their rehabilitation programs, answering their questions and sharing advice on rehab exercises and adaptive sports.
Then, later that evening, the Neuroworx staff delivered a special, free educational program for community care advocates, existing and past participants and their families. Bert served as the keynote speaker for the crowd of more than 40 attendees.
In his 45-minute presentation, Bert shared some of the cornerstones of LASCI including his own personal story of rehabilitation after SCI, and examples of adapting to life on wheels instead of walking. He also shared his perspective on:
- Bladder/Bowel Management
After the program, Bert stayed late talking with individuals who had specific questions about their own injury and how to get back into Life After Spinal Cord Injury.
For more information about Neuroworx programs and services, please visit: http://neuroworx.org.
LASCI Meets Up With TRAILS
On the second day of LASCI’s visit to Utah, Bert visited with the clinical staff at the University of Utah Rehabilitation Center’s TRAILS program. TRAILS stands for Therapeutic Recreation & Independent Lifestyles, and is a comprehensive outreach program of the Rehabilitation Center at University of Utah Health Care, for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease that includes the following components.
- Spinal Cord Injury Forum
- Spinal Cord Injury Wellness
- Virtual Outreach
- Volunteer/Peer Support
TRAILS is designed to prepare individuals of all ability levels to engage in active living through recreational experiences. Utilizing opportunities and resources will help bridge the gap between rehabilitation and returning to the community. Participants can stay active through spinning, hand cycling, kayaking, canoeing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, swimming, sailing, wheelchair tennis or a variety of other activities year round.
LASCI is looking forward to meeting further with TRAILS Program Coordinator Tanja Kari in order to bring a LASCI program to TRAILS participants in the near future! Learn more about TRAILS events here.
About LASCI’s Motivational Programs
Through LASCI, Bert devotes considerable time as a motivational speaker for children with disabilities, rehabilitation programs, medical education seminars and other community events. Bert explains his reason for reaching out is, “I hope to convince patients in wheelchairs that they can still do all the things they want to do and more. They will just have to do them differently.” Bert is a C6-7 quadriplegic himself. He was paralyzed in his 20s when a drunk driver hit his vehicle.
Learn more about LASCI here. If you’d like to invite Bert Burns to speak at your upcoming event, please contact us.