Therapeutic Climbing Wall - Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

 

Therapeutic Climbing Wall

Therapeutic Rock Climbing Wall Dedication Ceremony
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
Therapeutic Rock Climbing Wall Dedication Ceremony

Local and national contributors from American Veterans National Service Foundation were on hand Thursday, August 25 for the dedication ceremony of the Therapeutic Rock Climbing Wall at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.  This small ceremony, held in the 1F courtyard at the Uptown Division on Wrightsboro Road, offered the hospital leadership, staff and Veteran patients an opportunity to say “thank you for a tremendous gift that would prove beneficial in the therapy for many Veterans to come.”

AMVETS donated $150,000 for the design/fabrication/installation of the 50-foot therapeutic climbing wall, training and certification for VA and DoD staff,  and gear for both able bodied and adaptive climbers.  The wall was completed in July 2011.  Different courses on the wall , indicated by the colored strips, can be set to make the climb easy or challenging depending on the patient’s skill set.

Rock climbing has major benefits for in- and outpatients being treated in CNVAMC’s rehabilitation medicine departments.  Our comprehensive rehab programs, highly skilled therapists, state-of-the-art-facilities and innovative therapeutic techniques have earned the Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit national recognition.  Patients span a wide variety of diagnoses that include neurologic (spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke), amputations, multiple trauma, orthopedic, arthritis, cardiopulmonary, degenerative, and general medical cases.  We will use the wall for all our rehab programs to include Spinal Cord Injury, Blind Rehab, and ADRU as well as PTSD. 

It’s a great way to work on strength, range of motion, and endurance skills, while encouraging a healthy active lifestyle.  Climbing, in addition to other recreational programs, offered by the CNVAMC  is a way to demonstrate that patients with physical or mental challenges can still participate in a variety of activities as part of their rehab program and for the rest of their lives.

Guest speaker and adventure athlete, Mark Wellman, shared his motivational story at the ceremony followed by a demonstration of rock climbing.

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