Kellie and Arthur have a passion for working with and helping people who have been affected by Strokes, other types of Brain Injuries and Neurologic Disorders. They have focused on rehabilitating adults with residual functional deficits after strokes or traumatic brain injuries for the past 20+ years. They have followed the teachings of Mr. Waleed Al-Oboudi, MOT, OTR since 1997.
The Neuro-IFRAH Approach is the treatment method in which Kellie and Arthur were trained as Instructors and they taught nationally and Internationally from 2004 - 2018. This approach provides unique insight into the way patients should be handled, the potential that these patients have and the results that can be achieved.
"A whole person approach to rehabilitation and habilitation: Restoring function and making it functional to return to independent living and the resumption / assumption of life roles." Waleed Al-Oboudi, MOT, OTR
“My husband had a stroke 2 years ago. With such a severe stroke, recovery was explained with a lot of serious heavy expressions on the medical faces, an expression we soon found on our faces as well. Hospital time disappeared quickly and we went into rehab together a couple of weeks later. “He probably won’t get off the feeding tube or be able to walk or sleep in anything but a hospital bed” I sat around the table with a committee of experts and it was the physical therapist that delivered the news. The only request my husband ever had after having the stroke was to walk again. I got him out of bed with a Hoyer lift and began physical therapy at a program covered by Medicare and private insurance. We saw many patients coming in and out of that facility and came to recognize the posture and body distortions of stroke patients even though they had worked much longer on recovery. We completed this experience and as a parting gesture had an unusual opportunity to go to Neuro-IFRAH® training for therapists and allow therapists training in this approach to practice on him.
This was an eye-opening day as the instructors were enthusiastic about his “potential” for recovery. This “potential” was not a word I was hearing and the approach seemed different as well. I could see an emphasis on balancing muscles and stretching to obtain the most normal movements back to the weak side. We entered the program cautiously and left feeling like we had found the next step to his miracle.
At two years out from the stroke, my husband has recovered language, his old New York Accent, which makes me laugh. He is able to eat any food he wants with no feeding tube. He walks slowly and deliberately with a walker and hand support designed by his therapist. He has returned to sleeping in a regular bed and independently uses the bathroom. We go out with friends, eat in restaurants, go to church and work out at a regular gym 3 times a week. We meet our therapist regularly and continue the program designed for this patient. We both agree he is on the best path we could expect to find, and YES, we are very happy to have found gifted people to instruct us in this process.
So what is different? Physically, there may be a difference in the results in this program compared to what we observed in others. The patients I see in this program seem to begin to return to a more normal posture, using their muscles in a more normal way. How does that happen? I can’t answer that but it seems to be related to the knowledge the therapist brings at each critical stage of recovery in guiding this whole process. We have “miles to go” and at 72 we aren’t ready to quit. It is hard work but if you are working the right program there is a chance for more gains than anyone ever encouraged you to expect. We are at peace with our recovery and our life. We aren’t done yet! - Dr. “G” & Barbara
“Jedi Training" - Yes, his right hand is taped to his light saber (I'll bet you've never said that about your kid before.) And yes, he's having fun. And yes, it is therapy. The best kind!
The name of the place is called OC Neuro Rehab. The couple who own it, Kellie and Arthur, specialize in working with stroke patients. They primarily work with adults, but they couldn't wait to get started with Cade. They heard about our story and really believed they could help Cade. After being with them for about a month, we believe they were right. They are very passionate about their work and love what they do.
They have a sign on their desk that reads, "Duct tape. Just think of the possibilities." I've never seen anyone be so creative with duct tape, PVC pipe, and foam board. As I watch them build these incredible concoctions I would wonder what in the world are they going to use them for. Then they put Cade onto it, and I see.
From the beginning, we were told by so many people that Cade has a six-month window to get as much return as possible. One of the first things Arthur told us was that, "There is no window! Return is possible even years after the stroke." We liked that.
They have seen return from adults 7, 10 as long as 23 years out from their stroke. Just think what they could do with the plasticity of a five year old's brain just 3 months out from his stroke.
We're very encouraged with the progress we are all seeing in Cade. - M. Spinello
"I like the Neuro-IFRAH way of physical therapy versus traditional physical therapy. The traditional way taught me how to lean into the cane/walker when walking. That system makes me feel that's all I have, therefore I was just compensating. Basically it was you can’t use your left arm and leg, so just walk this way. During this experience, I had very poor mechanics for my back as well as my knee and ankle. This isn’t what I wanted, I wanted to recover and restore myself, I am only 37 and have a long life ahead of me.
At OC Neuro Rehab I am doing just that. I am learning to walk with proper form and build on the components of movement that I am missing. Working on gaining movement throughout my arm. My brain has endless possibilities, I know my body can restore what I had lost, when my brain has the right stimulus, it is amazing what progress I have made and I know now that I have so much more!" - L. Madrid
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