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Covenant Health is an innovative, Catholic regional delivery network and a leader in values based, not-for-profit health and elder care. We sponsor hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living residences and other health and elder care organizations throughout New England.

New Technologies

Our patients benefit from the latest technologies that rehabilitation medicine can offer. Here are some examples:

NESS H200™ for Hand Rehabilitation

The Rehabilitation Center at St. Joseph Hospital is the first in New Hampshire to offer advanced technology that can help return lost function to hands paralyzed by stroke, the NESS H200™ by Bioness, Inc.

Wide range of patient benefits:

  • Improves hand function and voluntary movement following upper limb paralysis caused by hemiplegic stroke.
  • Facilitates neuromuscular re-education.
  • Maintains or increases range of motion.
  • Increases local blood circulation.
  • Reduces spaciticity.
  • Prevents or retards atrophy.

LiteGait Partial Weight-Bearing Gait Therapy

Using the LiteGait® system, a patient can begin locomotor training much earlier in the rehabilitation process. By using a suspension system, a patient is safely supported in a "fall free" environment, granting increased patient participation.

VitalStim for Treatment of Swallowing Disorders

VitalStim® therapy uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing. At the same time, trained speech language pathologists help patients "re-educate" their muscles through rehabilitation therapy.

NESS L300™ Foot Drop System

The NESS L300™ is an advanced foot drop system designed to use mild stimulation to lift a patient's foot to help him or her walk more safely and easily. This lightweight device is designed to fit just below the knee and to be put on and taken off with one hand. Use of the L300 may eliminate the need to wear a rigid, heavy orthosis.


"Wiihabilitation" is used in addition to traditional therapies. The game's motion-sensitive controller requires body movements similar to regular therapy. Playing the games provides a distraction that encourages extended therapy.