Yesterday marked another first for the YMCA of Northern Alberta, as we proudly announced that the new RT 300 rehabilitation FES therapy system is now available for use at the Don Wheaton Family YMCA (downtown Edmonton) and is the first one available in a Canadian YMCA.
In his speech, Nick Parkinson, CEO and President of the YMCA of Northern Alberta, thanked Louise Miller, President of the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Center Society (Northern Alberta), for generously donating this therapeutic exercise equipment.
The RT 300 is specialized exercise equipment providing Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) therapy. FES uses electrical current to elicit a muscle contraction with the purpose of providing functionally useful movements which can aide in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes.
The RT 300 is intended to be used by individuals with a spinal cord injury or neurological diseases such as MS (Multiple Sclerosis) or those who have suffered mobility issues due to a stroke.
Use of the RT 300 was demonstrated by Bryce Clarke who suffers from quadriplegia. Winner of The Shining Star Award from the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Bryce Clarke suffered a life-altering accident at home in 2001 that broke his C5 and C6 vertebrae. Told he would never work again, Clarke was determined to prove his doctors wrong, and turned to public speaking, undercover work with the Gang Unit, and eventually fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a full-badge homicide detective by joining the Historical Homicide Unit in 2010.
For further information contact Steve Ridley, Centre Manager at Don Wheaton Family YMCA.