The Natalie Barnhard Center

for Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Recovery

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Why Us?

There are certain things you should look for and questions to ask when selecting a place for your rehabilitation and treatment. It is important to be confident about the quality of care you or your loved one will receive.

Motion Project is dedicated to improving the lives of those with a spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and other neurological disorders. We provide an intense, activity based exercise program working to achieve some of the most basic lifelong functions and benefits for our clients. We all know how important exercise is for overall health, even more important for those living with paralysis.

By specializing in this area, it enables our staff to develop high levels of expertise and achieve better results for our clients. When it comes to functional improvements, our clients have better outcomes and more independence.

What We Do

Motion Project is not a general rehabilitation facility like the majority of facilities you may find. It means we have more experience working with the spinal cord injured population. We focus on the client’s weaknesses and work on coordinating the entire body in a very functional and complete style of rehabilitation.   Most other facilities tend to focus only on the client’s current abilities and don’t work with the affected areas to improve motor function overall. Motion Project works to support the whole person to assist with advocacy, care navigation and spiritual healing. We help educate clients and families so they know what to expect moving forward with a spinal cord injury.   Motion Project is not just about the physical gains, but we strive to work together to get clients back to work, to school, or into sports pursuing their dreams. Our goal is to support each client to reach their goals to live a full, productive, healthy life.

What We Treat

Spinal Cord Injury
Cerebral Palsy
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Spina Bifida
SMA (spinal muscle atrophy)
Transverse Myelitis
AFM (acute flaccid myelitis)

Mitochondrial Deficiencies
Post-surgery strengthening

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Please fill out & email completed form to:
or print and mail to Motion Project Foundation, 4820 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, New York 14225.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your program?
Our specialized therapists work with clients out of their chairs on functional and dynamic movements based on our specialized techniques and our client’s goals.  We strive to improve independence and quality of life.

How is your program different from Physical Therapy (PT)?
Most spinal cord injured take much longer to recover than tradition short term, doctor prescribed rehabilitation.  Since we focus more on lifelong recovery, we work on a full body recovery, and thus target your weaknesses.

How much does the program cost?
Each client has individual needs and goals. Our sessions include working one-on-one with a specially trained therapist as well as additional staff when needed to perform more difficult activities. The cost of a session is $100/hour. There is also a gym membership which allows use of the equipment for those just looking to stay healthy and can work out on their own or with a caregiver. During COVID-19 there may be restrictions.

How many hours a day and how many days a week would I be working out?
Our staff would work with your individual need to develop a program that works best for you.  Some clients may need 2-3 days a week for 2-3 hours a session.  Others may find 2 days a week with 2 hours a session.  Each client has individual needs and goals.  Others will utilize the gym and equipment either on their own if capable, or with a caregiver for assistance.

What are the qualifications of our staff?
All of our staff carry a bachelor/master degree in Exercise Science/Kinesiology.  Our staff is also specially trained to work with the spinal cord populations and continue to study the latest techniques and best approach to treatment.

How long is the program?
Every spinal cord injury is different requiring individualized treatment plans to meet the client’s unique goals and achieve the best outcomes.  Some clients attend for a few months to a year while others spend many years actively participating in our program for overall health and maintenance…recovery is a lifelong process.

Why is this declined to be covered by insurance companies?
We are not a medical facility, so most insurance companies will not cover treatment.  Most insurance puts a time frame on recovery with specific goals for payment.  Since most SCI’s vary from individual to individual, it makes it difficult to put a timeline on recovery.  It may take months, or perhaps years depending on that individual’s goals.  It is our hope that our long term goals bridge the gap between our program and insurance coverage.  Many clients choose to do some type of fund raising or look for grant opportunities to help fund their treatment goals.  Please refer to a list of possible organizations on our foundation page under the resource tab.

Where can I stay if coming from out of town?
Info to come…

Apply Now!

Please fill out & email completed form to:
or print and mail to Motion Project Foundation, 4820 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, New York 14225.

Please read for your information.

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