Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

July 26, 2012

Centerville Nursing & Rehab Center offers innovative therapeutic exercise system for new rehab options

Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Centerville Nursing & Rehab Center announced the addition of an important new therapy system that uses biofeedback and powered-assist technology to allow people affected by stroke, neuromuscular conditions, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and joint replacement surgery to start exercising earlier in the rehabilitation process. By building strength and endurance earlier in the recovery process, patients are often able to improve function and return to normal activities more quickly. The Omnicycle automatically “senses” to what degree the patient can perform the exercise on their own and provides powered-assistance as needed to achieve the proper exercise duration and technique. The unique system helps individuals exercise their upper and lower body even when they might not have full control over one of their limbs or are suffering from other physical limitations. The Omnicycle, also uses an interactive biofeedback feature to communicate with patients while they’re exercising to help them focus on the area of the body affected.

Many people who have suffered from a stroke, neuromuscular disease, nerve damage or other condition may experience loss-of-movement or sensation in different parts of the body — sometimes on just one side. To improve chances of returning to normal function, research underscores the importance of introducing therapeutic exercise soon after the patient’s condition has stabilized. The Omnicycle’s unique capabilities support these studies by accommodating patients who might not otherwise be able to begin exercising due to paralysis, mobility or strength.

“Providing great patient care is the guiding principle for all that we do,” said Kyle Merry, administrator. "We’re one of the few facilities in the area who have introduced special treatment programs for stroke recovery, neuromuscular disease, joint replacement and COPD — the addition of this new exercise system allows us to support those programs with another tool to help improve function, independence and quality-of-life for our residents and others in the community."

Originally developed in Germany, the Omnicycle has just been introduced to the United States by Accelerated Care Plus, the nation’s leading provider of “evidence-based” rehabilitation programs and programs. The system has been designed with special features such as wheel chair access, heart monitor and voice command to compliment the needs of geriatric patients.

“Strokes alone are the leading cause of adult disability in America and over 4 million survivors are unable to return to their previous lifestyle and level of independence,” said Dr. Frank Palermo, ACP’s medical director, a specialist in geriatric rehabilitation and former U.S. Olympic Team rehab doctor. “The Omnicycle system represents an important new exercise technology to help many of these people, and others who could benefit from therapeutic exercise.”

About Centerville Nursing & Rehab Center - For more information on the Omnicycle and related treatment programs, please contact Centerville Nursing & Rehab’s Rehabilitation Department at (641) 856-8651. Centerville NRC was formed in 1975 and is home to over 33 full-time residents. Centerville NRC also provides treatment for others in the community through their outpatient treatment programs.

About Accelerated Care Plus — Headquartered in Reno, Nev., Accelerated Care Plus is the nation’s leading provider of specialty clinical programs for long-term care facilities and other rehabilitation providers. ACP’s comprehensive programs include patented medical equipment, proprietary clinical protocols, therapist training, and support.