HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER SERVICES

General Membership at the Health and Wellness Center provides full access to the adapted fitness center, group exercise classes, and education programs, with a knowledgeable staff available to assist with transfers, equipment set up, and consultation on exercises. All members complete an annual assessment with a physical or occupational therapist who evaluates members’ fitness and mobility and helps them develop a general exercise plan. Limited scholarships are available.

If you are looking for ways to exercise in a fun group environment, we offer multiple types of group exercise classes throughout the week. Classes range from adapted yoga to high-intensity circuit training and Krankcyling® (inclusive spin classes).

Additional Services:

  • 1:1 Exercise Training: Work one-on-one with an Adapted Exercise Specialist to develop condition-specific exercises, use specialty equipment, achieve specific fitness/athletic goals, and more!
  • FES Therapy: Use state-of-the-art Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) equipment, including an RT300 Leg|Arm|Core cycle, to increase strength, decrease spasticity, improve circulation, and improve range of motion. FES uses electrical current to stimulate contractions in weak or paralyzed muscles to generate patterned muscle activity.
  • Dry Needling: Decrease muscular pain and movement problems. A physical therapist inserts fine needles into a painful muscle to target muscle “knots” (trigger points) and release them to relieve pain and improve range of motion. Dry needling can be effective for many conditions, including headaches, neck and back pain, muscle spasms, tendonitis, and fibromyalgia.

OTHER SERVICES

The Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University provides clinical services and conducts research in collaboration with the Health and Wellness Center.

Clinical services include comprehensive evaluation and assessment of wheelchair seating and mobility needs; manual wheelchair propulsion analysis and education; pressure mapping of current positioning and posture as well as programs serving parents with disabilities through adaptive baby care provisions.  The above services may be billed through Medicare or private insurance. To schedule an appointment, contact Tiffani Price at (314) 362-5079 or T.price@wustl.edu.

For persons with spinal cord injury or disease who may be uninsured or under-insured, the Collaborative Community Clinic provides free student-led occupational therapy groups and individual services supervised by a licensed OT. For more information, contact Carla Walker at (314) 273-7011 or walkerc@wustl.edu

Opportunities to participate in paid research are available through the Enabling Mobility in the Community Laboratory for persons with disabilities. Topics include exercise and wheelchair training. Your involvement in these research projects may include activities such as completing surveys, participating in focus groups or completing interventions.  For more information, contact Kim Walker at (314) 273-7010 or walker.k@wustl.edu.

 

Through an onsite Logan University Health Center, Logan University students provide free chiropractic care to Health and Wellness Center members while learning how to serve people with disabilities. Services available by appointment only.