Neurorehabilitation

Halifax Health Neurorehabilitation Services provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the treatments in neurologically-impaired patients. Specialists in rehabilitation medicine, rehabilitation nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy perform a complete evaluation and then provide state-of-the-art intervention to maximize the patient's neurological status and ability to function. After the evaluation and during the treatment, information is provided to the referring physician and the primary physician to ensure that the plan of care is appropriate to the patient's overall plan of care. Consultant specialists who are familiar with patients with neurological disabilities are available as appropriate.
Diagnostic groups that can be evaluated and treated in the Neuro-rehabilitation Center include:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Brain injuries
  • Post-Polio
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Brain Tumors


Functional impairments related to these disorders that can be evaluated and treated in the Neuro-rehabilitation Center include:

  • Difficulty sitting, standing, or walking
  • Loss of muscle strength and coordination
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Spasticity
  • Balance impairments
  • Loss of ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Dysarthria / Aphasia
  • Dysphagia
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Difficulty returning to work or community activities

The primary goal of our neuro-rehabilitation specialists is to help patients enhance their quality of life through improved skills, maximized independence, and renewed self-esteem. Adult and pediatric patients may receive rehabilitative therapy in an outpatient rehabilitation program.
Some of the highlights include:

  • Offer VitalStim┬« Therapy - the first proven treatment for dysphagia, which affects 15 million Americans
  • Botox injections effective for treating stroke spasticity
  • The Lite Gate System of body weight supported gait therapy (BWSGT) treatment uses a mechanical lift to support a patient over a treadmill or level ground which allows the therapist to increase emphasis on gait quality and enables the patient to spend more time on a rehabilitation activity than is possible through conventional methods
  • Access to integrated care through a diverse outpatient team of physicians with expertise in areas such as pain management, endocrinology and urology.

We have the most capable, experienced team in the area, with nine years of neuro-rehabilitation training. There are numerous stories of patients who were initially treated at other facilities, but ended up at Halifax Health for rehabilitation services. There are also many success stories of patients who have been able to return back to their normal life's activities due to the dedication of this team.

Physical Therapy

The physical therapist's primary goal is to help patients increase their ability to move about purposefully in their environment. To achieve that goal, they evaluate the patients' needs and help design a program along with other team members to meet those needs. The goal of the program is to help patients become more independent in activities such as getting in and out of bed, operating a wheelchair, and walking. Physical therapists assist patients with exercises that focus on improving patients' body mechanics, flexibility, balance, coordination, strength and endurance. They help patients with training in walking and mobility in the community, wheelchair training, home-exercise programs, and injury-prevention education. They also direct activities such as exercise and casting to keep joints flexible and sensorimotor stimulation to provide patients with normal sensations and normal movements. This stimulation enables the brain to receive information and interpret it so that patients are able to redevelop muscle tone, strength, balance, and coordination.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists assist patients in restoring their ability to participate in the activities of daily living such as hygiene, grooming, dressing, eating, and bathing. They evaluate and help develop the many skills patients need to function in their daily life.

Occupational therapists are also specifically concerned with patients' ability to use their arms and hands. Patients are taught exercises to increase muscle tone, strength, and coordination to improve the function of their arms and hands.

Occupational therapists work with patients while they perform self-care tasks so that the therapists can help patients apply what they are learning to practical, everyday activities and to gauge their progress toward independence.

Speech/Language Pathology

Speech pathologists help patients improve their communication skills, cognitive functioning, and swallowing abilities. They help patients work on their ability to speak, to understand speech, and to read and write. Material may be used to develop patients' attention, concentration, memory, ability to plan and to organize thoughts, and their ability to improve problem solving, reasoning, and judgment skills. On admission to the rehabilitation program, patients may be evaluated by a speech-language pathologist to determine whether they have communication, cognitive, or swallowing problems. Patients' hearing may be screened to see whether they need further evaluation by an audiologist.

After the evaluation, the speech pathologist develops an individual treatment program to address the specific needs of patients. The length and number of sessions vary according to each patient's needs. Family members are encouraged to attend these sessions so that they may receive information and counseling to help them assist with the patient's communication, cognitive, and swallowing needs.

Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation - Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation

The Center, located within Halifax Hospital, specializes in treating stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and other complex orthopedic conditions. A full spectrum of physical and neuro rehabilitation services are provided, using of the latest rehabilitation equipment.

Patients with acute rehabilitation needs are able to stay close to home during their recovery.