The Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic

A New Frontier in Stroke Rehab

Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganize its neural pathways. It allows neurons in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment. It is a ground-breaking area of research.

With strokes, neuroplasticity occurs when a patient re-learns to carry out basic daily tasks. It is relevant to patient care and the process of rehabilitation with the help of cognitive stimulation. Essential to stroke recovery is the successful incorporation of rehabilitation to maximize upper extremity recovery so that patients can return to their lives sooner.

Upper extremity impairment following a neurological incident is significant. Each year, over 300,000 individuals survive stroke. Of this group, 55 to 75 per cent are estimated to have some degree of upper body impairment to the shoulder, arm, forearm, wrist, or hand. Toronto Rehab’s ground-breaking new Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic is designed to directly connect new research discoveries to patient care in order to greatly benefit individuals who live with neurological impairment after a stroke.

The program will be sustained by generous support from the community and will provide education opportunities to clinical staff to continue to provide best-in-class care for Toronto Rehab’s patient population.  

Read about Howard Rocket who generously donated proceeds from his book, A Stroke of Luck, to establish the The Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic at Toronto Rehab.

Watch this inspiring video of Howard Rocket that demonstrates how life changing this clinic is. After 20 years of paralysis, he can now move his left arm thanks to the Functional Electrical Simulation therapy at Toronto Rehab’s Rocket Family Clinic.