Stretching and Spasm – A Revelation

OR: FINALLY, A MEDICAL EXPLANATION HOW THIS INCOMPLETE PARAPLAEGIC’S WALKING CONTINUES TO IMPROVE I came across an article from the University of Washington that blew my mind. I am excited, delighted and vindicated. Some highlights: Spasm caused by spinal cord injury can prevent voluntary movement of weak muscles. Sounds pretty simple. Except it’s not. Spasm … More Stretching and Spasm – A Revelation

Wired To Walk

Since I first tried walking by electronically stimulating dorsi-flexion and a little knee and hip flexion (see Bionic Woman)in my mostly paralysed left leg, I’ve made amazing progress. Particularly given that I have a spinal cord injury at T7/T8 and I was told I’d never walk … I had been using a dictus to lift … More Wired To Walk

Bionic Woman!

This afternoon I was wired in every sense of the word! This is a milestone, no doubt about it. With electrodes strategically placed on my left leg I was able to achieve a relatively normal gait … No hitching, no going up on my toes to lift my right leg up high to swing the … More Bionic Woman!

“Weird Things I Have Around Home To Help Me Mobilise. Weird Thing # 3: Tools and Toys Replace Furniture”

Warning: this post may be seen as lecturing … Furniture, furnishings, possibly art or decorative pieces usually provide focal points in living rooms. Not so in our home! Sure we have couches and a coffee table, paintings on the walls, piano, side tables and nic nacs, but in our living room everything is pushed back … More “Weird Things I Have Around Home To Help Me Mobilise. Weird Thing # 3: Tools and Toys Replace Furniture”

“Weird Things I have Around Home To Help Me Mobilise. Weird Thing #2: Hand Controls”

Ok, hand controls are not, strictly speaking, around home. But they are probably the single most important item that enables me to be mobile and independent. I don’t know how I would live without my hand controls. Seriously, I don’t know how I would live without them. Hand controls are fitted to my car and … More “Weird Things I have Around Home To Help Me Mobilise. Weird Thing #2: Hand Controls”

Weird Things I Have Around Home To Help Me Mobilise. Weird Thing # 1: Stone Walk

Last year I visited an osteopath who has a very fine reputation, writes text books and thinks outside the box. As soon as he met me he was keen to show me his kitchen floor. His office is in the ground floor of his apartment, but still it was an interesting and unusual invitation. My … More Weird Things I Have Around Home To Help Me Mobilise. Weird Thing # 1: Stone Walk