Darlene's Beyond the Chair Story

Darlene’s Beyond the Chair Story

Darlene was a horse breeder and trainer before a horseback riding accident left her with a C-4 incomplete spinal cord injury. However, being paralyzed from the neck down has not stopped her from being independent. She uses a wheelchair that allows her to drive and adjust her chair with her mouth. She has been injured for five years now but is determined to stay active. Since her accident, she has been traveling over an hour multiple times per week to her therapy sessions at Beyond the Chair. 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

Esequiel's Beyond the Chair Story

Esequiel’s Beyond the Chair Story

Esequiel E. is one of Beyond the Chair’s newest clients. After a severe fall less than a year ago, Esequiel was left with a T9 incomplete spinal cord injury. He started his journey to recovery with Beyond the Chair in January 2016 and is more than determined to walk again. Esequiel works out twice a week and pushes himself to his limits because he knows hard work and dedication will get him to his goals. 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

Layla Mandi

Paralyzed Halal Beauty Maven Pushes On

The thing about disability, no one is immune. From the United States to China, disability affects all of us. And in a little corner of the Middle East on December 12th, 2010, Layla Mandi, a Canadian-native, found herself a new member of disability nation. After falling off a friend’s porch in Dubai, she became a C5 quad.

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Fun Pediatric Physical Therapy Ideas

A “Wheel” Fun Exercise Program

“Home Exercise Program” – doesn’t sound fun.
“Range of Motion” – doesn’t sound fun.
“The Wheels on the Bus” – I can get on board with that.

We start out with the child lying on his or her back with the caregiver comfortably situated by the child’s feet. The motions can be done passively, with the caregiver guiding the child’s limbs; actively, with the child performing the motions; or in an active assisted manner, with the child and caregiver working as a team to move through the motions. Repeat each verse two times, to ensure that at least 10 repetitions of each motion are performed. Read more

EasyStand Glider

Position Change to Facilitate Functional Outcomes

Metabolic Syndrome is the medical consequences of obesity, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol (high levels of triglycerides), type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and several other serious health conditions. This is one of the main reasons the disabled community have poorer general heath than the general public. Many people with a disability have what they call normal weight obesity, which means their fat cells out number their muscle cells, so although they are not large in weight, they have the problems resulting from metabolic syndrome. Read more

“W”-Sitting “X”-plained

Many young children find that a “W” sitting position is how they prefer to sit on the floor and play. The “W” describes the shape a child’s legs make when he is sitting with the insides of his legs on the ground and his bottom between his heels. “W” sitting may occur because:

  • It frees the hands to manipulate toys and other objects
  • It is a very stable position that makes it easier to balance
  • It is comfortable

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