Wired to Walk – One Year On

One year ago today, electrodes were applied to my lower left leg in an attempt to flex my ankle sufficiently to swing my left leg through in a normal gait pattern.

I had been using a dictus band to keep my left ankle flexed but I had to go up on tip toes on my right leg, and swing my left leg around, rather than through, to walk. I was causing damage to my lower spine and right hip, increasing spasm in my right leg, putting my entire body out of alignment – but it was better than being in a wheelchair.

The results from using the Odstock have been amazing! Initially, it was exciting just to be able to bring my left leg through straight rather than swinging it around and through. The Odstock electrically stimulated my muscles to flex at the hip, knee and ankle. The flow on effects from being able to walk like this have been profound. My spine is straightening, my posture has improved, I stand straight and I rarely experience pain in my right hip. Muscles on my left side from my core down are becoming enervated and are getting stronger.

(An earlier post, Wired To Walk, has a video showing how the Odstock works.)

With the help of a personal trainer who seizes every opportunity to reconnect muscles, I have developed lower abs, internal obliques, glutes, quads and knee control.

Over the last month I have been able to rotate my left hip. Now this may not sound like a big deal, but it has taken my walking to new level. My left hip flexor used to collapse, but now my hip extends, rotates, and my left leg is in a good position to take the next step. (Another plus is that as my internal obliques strengthen, I’m getting a waist!)

My balance is still awful, but the downward pressure I put on my crutches is much, much less as my legs take more and more of my weight … Fewer shoulder problems, twisting of joints, and maybe an easing of carpel tunnel syndrome, as well as walking faster and further. I still have to do lots of stretching – it’s like keeping the muscles oiled and moving smoothly.

So it’s been a good year …

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4 thoughts on “Wired to Walk – One Year On

  1. Hi wadsy. I have sent you an email with information about the Odstock. I have tried the Bioness but it didn’t work for me because I need the electrodes to stimulate areas outside the narrow band provided by the bioness. The Odstock has wires which is why it offers the versatility of electrode placement that the wireless Bioness does not. The Odstock is much much less expensive than the Bioness. My email has information about cost and availability.

  2. Can you tell me where to purchase and about how much the Odstock device costs? I have a spinal cord injury and am having a hard time with the left side, even when the therapist used Bioness. Thank you very much!

  3. I remember when you showed Dave and Jamie how it worked and everyone was amazed! And I liked how the boys decided to test whether you could kick haha. Good fun! And excellent that it’s yielding amazing results too of course!!

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