Five days after carpel tunnel surgery I have: Walked along the waterfront using a gutter frame, twice Transferred independently from the bed to to wheelchair and back Transferred independently from the wheelchair to the gutter frame and back Transferred from the chair to the floor for a bit of crawling Stood up from the wheelchair … More 5 Days After Carpel Tunnel Surgery
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
The iPad and exercise sounds more like an oxymoron than a marriage. Yet the iPad has freed me from the chains tying me to the pc, and everyday, while I’m using the iPad I’m exercising and stretching. Most people spend their day in flexion, hunched over their computer, slouched on a couch or just sitting … More The iPad and Exercise, A Match Made In Heaven
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 … More Wired to Walk – One Year On
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
My physio came to the gym today to film me walking. First I walked with a dictus and then with FES (yep, bionic woman) to compare the difference in gait pattern. The dictus lifts my foot at the ankle then I swing my leg through while I go up on the toes of my other … More Life On A Treadmill Is Anything But Boring
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!