Jose's Beyond the Chair Story

Jose’s Beyond the Chair Story

Jose L. is recovering from a June 2010 stroke that took a significant toll on him and his body. Although the stroke affected both the left and right sides of Jose’s body, his right side is more substantially impaired. It also damaged his vocal box and created tone throughout his whole body, making it difficult for Jose to bend any extremity. Despite Jose’s injury he continues to keep his head held high and remain positive. Read more

Fighting Spasticity

Fighting Spasticity

Spastic muscles are tightened stiff muscles that make voluntary movement difficult or impossible. Spasticity can be caused by traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and multiple other diseases. It can be a temporary condition defined by spasms or continuous and caused by increased muscle tone. The degree of spasticity an individual experiences can create a marked level of loss of independence. Feeding, cleaning, toileting, and many other activities require one to be able to move their muscles with an effective range of motion. Spasticity reduces that available range of motion. Outside of the physical limitations it creates, it can be painful and annoying. No one wants to lay in bed and have muscles spasms. There are several routes one can take in fighting spastic muscles, but it is a continuous process. Spasticity can lead to contractures. Contractures occur when the muscles and joints are effectively frozen into a fixed position and unable to be released. Read more

Anson's Beyond the Chair Story

Anson’s Beyond the Chair Story

Anson C. is one of Beyond the Chair‘s veterans who served for the United States Army. Anson was injured from a grenade explosion that resulted in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The shrapnel and blast from the grenade injured the left side of Anson’s brain. Due to the left side of the brain being injured, Anson now has minimal movement on the right side of his body. However, he has almost full function on the left side of his body, although his movements however are slightly delayed. Anson likes to stay active and continues to participate in therapy every day. Read more

Lauren's Beyond the Chair Story

Lauren’s Beyond the Chair Story

Every facility has that one client that can brighten up the day even when it’s gloomy outside, at Beyond the Chair that client is Lauren M. When she was young, Lauren had a brain tumor that was located on her brain stem and was surgically removed. The tumor caused damage to her brain and hearing. Although, the damage to Lauren’s hearing was severe, it did not lead to full hearing loss. She is still able to hear with the help of hearing aids. Lauren has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury for twelve years now. Read more

Movement After a Spinal Cord Injury

Feeling & Movement After a Spinal Cord Injury Part II: Movement

Currently, I’m considered incomplete motor and sensory, which means I have some feeling and movement below the level of my injury. In Part I, most of my post was about the feeling that I have throughout my body. I explained my injury level along with what I can feel despite being a C-1 C-2 quadriplegic on a ventilator. Now I’m going to focus in more on my movement. Read more