FSWC client working with a therapist in the parallel bars
SPINAL CORD INJURIES

Measuring Our Success

First Steps Wellness Centre has helped 12% of our clients to walk again after a spinal cord injury, and we take pride in a 94% increase in mobility and independence through functional gains.

The Study

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy logoDuring a comprehensive consultation report conducted by a graduate student team from Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy – investigating First Steps Wellness Centre results over a six-year period – it was noted that 12% of FSWC clients regained an ability to walk.

This is a significant increase over the 0.5% of SCI people that are post-inpatient rehab that do not attend any further therapy.

Their report also revealed that 94% of SCI clients who attended FSWC made a functional improvement below their level of injury. This is an exceptional number. 

FSWC client using the standing frame with a therapistFacilities that use similar modalities and methods (Activity Based Therapy) to FSWC often report results in the 70's and 80's (with one as high as 87%) of clients improve some level of functional below their level of injury.

The fact that FSWC has such great success shows that the combination of modalities incorporated into the First Steps Wellness Centre program are working, and that FSWC follows best practices (confirmed by an Environmental Scan of research conducted by this group of graduate students).