The Combat Power Restoration Center is up and running!

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Hayden S. Hallman, 20th Public Affairs Detachment
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Hayden S. Hallman, 20th Public Affairs Detachment

The Combat Power Restoration Center is up and running!

by Spc. Hayden Hallman
20th Public Affairs Detachment

ICHEON, REPUBLIC OF KOREA— The United States Special Operations Command Korea has partnered with the Republic of Korea Army Special Warfare Command to assist in developing newly certified athletic trainers by establishing and successfully operating the first physical therapy clinic in the ROK Army.

The Combat Power Restoration Center, that opened October 30, 2019, provides equipment and rehabilitation services to service members of the ROKSWC.

“We are here to exchange rehab exercise protocol and improve injury mitigation, strength and conditioning performance, cognitive performance, and to decrease injury rates,” said Juliette Kim, a certified athletic trainer with SOCKOR.

Kim advises ROKA Sgt. Maj. Kwon, Oh-Un and ROKA Sgt. 1st Class Kim, Si-On, both oversee operations at the Combat Power Restoration Center.

The facility has state of the art equipment including a suspension sling system. This system allows patients to lay in a system of ropes while simulating a plank. Their lower body is suspended over a padded table as their forearms make contact with the table.

“It feels like you are flexing your core, as you would during a plank but without overstressing your lower back,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jae Jung, a medical noncommissioned officer in SOCKOR and who was injured on his first deployment. “I tried yoga, physical therapy stretching, and dry needling and I still have pain. This facility would help my pain if I incorporate everything in it.”

Along with other notable injury assessment equipment is a computer scanning tool known as “D-Wall” because of its digital mirroring capabilities. Patients stand centered on a mat facing a large screen, which mirrors their body movements, as the 3-D camera captures images of the patient throughout their completion of various exercises.

“The D-Wall is very easy to follow and user friendly,” said Kim. “It has a lot of different applications to see not just as an assessment but to find out what areas can predispose someone to injury.”

The computer then tracks what areas may be triggering pain for the patient and why. The system provides real time feedback in areas such as balance and agility.

Kim has been advising the ROKSWC in physical therapy practices prior to the official opening of the center. During her visit, she was able to meet some of the certified staff and receive equipment demonstrations.

“It is rewarding to increase the awareness the importance of taking care of one’s body and to help people find out about why they hurt,” said Kim.

Photo Caption:
Republic of Korea Army Sgt. 1st Class Kim, Si-Oh and ROK Army Sgt. Maj. Kwon, Oh-Un, both physical therapists, demonstrate a suspension sling system used to treat back pain on ROK Army Cpl. Lee, Jaehwa at the Combat Power Restoration Center, Republic of Korea Army Special Warfare Command, Icheon, Republic of Korea, 10 Jan. 2020. The Combat Power Restoration Center is the first center in the Republic of Korea Army to specialize in physical therapy.

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