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Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise Program (ABLE)

If you are living with paralysis or a neurological condition, the ABLE: Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise Program, may help you. ABLE is based on the most up-to-date scientific and clinical evidence. It’s designed to speed up recovery after a spinal cord injury. The objective is to help your brain and spinal cord relearn motor patterns associated with standing and walking. The ultimate goal is to increase your mobility and improve your health.

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About the program

The ABLE Program is a complete fitness and wellness program that incorporates locomotor training, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and guided fitness activities to encourage muscles and movement below the level of injury. 

The ABLE Program is customized to your individual goals following a thorough functional and physiological assessment.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute takes a holistic, mind-body approach to rehabilitation and lifelong wellness. Most ABLE Program participants experience improvements in health, fitness, strength and quality of life.

The ABLE program focuses on

  • brain injury
  • cerebral palsy
  • multiple sclerosis
  • other neurological diagnoses
  • spinal cord injuries
  • stroke

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Scholarships based on financial need are often available for the ABLE Program. Please contact us for more information. If you wish to donate to the ABLE Scholarship fund, you may do so using our donation page and selecting "ABLE Scholarships" from the drop down menu.

We are Minnesota's only NeuroRecovery Network facility

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute ABLE Program is one of only six community fitness and wellness facilities in the entire nation—and the only one in Minnesota—that is part of the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN).  

NRN is leading research on spinal cord injury. Dr. Susan Harkema, head of NRN, is also doing epidural stimulation research.

ABLE staff training is through national leaders in spinal cord injury. Continued learning is through the annual national summit.

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Source: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

First published: 8/13/2018
Last reviewed: 8/9/2018