Shepherd Center created Beyond Therapy® as an intensive neurological rehabilitation program that integrates the disciplines of physical therapy and exercise physiology.
The program facilitates neurological and functional recovery in people who have sustained a neurological injury, such as a spinal cord injury, brain injury or stroke, and have exhausted traditional means of outpatient therapeutic intervention.
Beyond Therapy® is based on research suggesting the central nervous system is capable of synaptic plasticity and anatomical reorganization through “activity-based” therapy. This process is called neuroplasticity. Beyond Therapy® combines the concepts of athletic training and physical therapy to promote health, wellness and recovery.
Spinal cord injury
Traumatic brain injury
Traditional therapy programs are designed to help patients become as independent as possible using compensatory strategies and training on how to care for themselves after discharge from the hospital. In contrast, Beyond Therapy® focuses on promoting lifelong wellness and maximizing muscle and neural return through a program of intensive strengthening and motor-patterned activity by concentrating on weaker muscles and nerve connections that may have been ignored in the initial phases of recovery.
The central objectives of the program are optimizing recovery, toning seldom-used muscles and decreasing secondary complications that typically occur among people with neurological disorders.