About Our Rock Climbing Wall
Premier Therapy Associates is equipped with a 30-foot tall rock climbing wall engineered by Entrepresis, one of the industry’s leading climbing wall manufacturers.
The climbing wall panels are attached to a larger cinderblock wall which is built on massive footings buried into the foundation of the building. The lower half of the rock wall is also 30 feet wide, providing opportunities for “bouldering” (side-to-side movement), which allows individuals to work on therapy goals, without having to focus on vertical movement. Patients working with our physical, occupational and speech therapists can use the wall to work on the following:
Fine motor skills:
Fine motor skill is the coordination of small muscle movements which occur in body parts such as the fingers, usually in coordination with the eyes. This would come in use when you are trying to grab and wrap your fingers around a rock to secure yourself.
Gross motor skills:
Gross motor skills are the abilities required in order to control the large muscles of the body for walking, running, sitting, crawling, and other activities. This would come in use after you have secured your feet and hands on a rock and push yourself upward.
Coordination and physical strength:
Rock climbing helps you develop your balance as well as your body awareness. You gain muscle strength while improving coordination.
In order to safely operate a rock climbing wall, the climber and the therapist need to communicate with each other for finding paths to take to the top. In addition, a therapist can address following directions, complex attention as well as executive functioning (planning and controlling impulsivity) while on the climbing wall.