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  • #76
    there is even hope for help using insurance

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    • #77
      My last post seems incomplet, so here goes. One piece of equipment that is easy to assemble is a pad on the floor to rest your knees and a rolled towel under your foot at the ankle, a spacer pad between your feet and knees , then a bench in front for balance. Up on your knees practice balance, have someone play volleyball with a balloon with you. Downward facing dog and a few yoga moves from hands and knees can help as well as trying to crawl. If you can get to standing in a walker and practice balance, leaning side to side , lifting each foot , or going up on toes. these are things my son and I did at home before coming to rehab.

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      • #78
        Whole Body Vibrational Training

        Hi All,
        I am walking L1 paraplegic, I had my accident 1997 in New Zealand where I live. I was first told never to walk again, but I took my first steps 6 months after the accident. Since then until now my recovery has been steady and slow and now I am walking with crutches and only using "Swedish AFO" to keep my feet off dropping.
        3 months ago I discovered vibrational training using Jet-Vibe machines.
        My strength, balance and coordination have improved and also my bladder accidents have reduced since.
        Basically these machines train your muscles by vibrating about 40 times a second causing your muscles under tension to contract with same frequency. Brain is not so much involved as I think the feedback is between muscles and spine.
        Also the time used on the machine is more efficient and 10 minutes on the vibrating platform is told to be equal to 60 minutes gym training.
        Quite possibly this type of training would suit a lot op people with spinal injuries but try to find a outfit who are specialising on rehabilitation by trained physiotherapists as these machines are used for weight loss in beauty salons as well.

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        • #79
          Vibrating was discussed on another thread where someone mentioned it could loosen pins and or rods in your back or neck. They use something similiar at Projectwalk and somewhere here someone mentioned a cheaper version. I can't remember??

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          • #80
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            She is walking again!!!
            Here is a wonderful article with Lisa. Please let me know your thought!


            Ten years, two children and half a dozen life-changing events later, Lisa Barkel is closer than ever to achieving her goal of walking again. Barkel was injured in a motor vehicle collision that left her a C-8 tetraplegic, ASIA A.
            Barkel currently attends physical therapy three times a week, each session a lengthy three hours in which therapists help her regain strength below the level of injury utilizing the most current equipment and technology.
            The most innovative tool Lisa Barkel uses is a combination of two products: a bilateral carbon fiber stance control knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFOs) fabricated at emBracing Designs, and a Second Step Gait Harness System. The two products work together to provide Barkel the opportunity to safely ambulate with a natural reciprocating gait pattern.
            After Barkel’s injury, she was told she would never walk – or even stand – again. But with resilience and the opportunity to use the gait harness system in conjunction with the bilateral KAFOs, she is proving her physicians and therapists wrong.
            When Barkel initially started her specialized intense physical therapy program two years ago, she used the KAFOs and the gait harness system with the goals of pre-gait activities, such as weight bearing while standing to increase passive range of motion at all her bilateral L/E joints and to learn how to shift her weight while increasing her balance and proprioception.
            Today, Barkel continues working on these goals; she has added reciprocal ambulation within the Second Step system with the assistance of the KAFOs. She is not currently unlocking her braces at the knee joints, but the KAFOs have the ability to be unlocked when Barkel employs the help of two therapists to actively assist her extremities through terminal knee extension.
            Since her accident, Barkel has regained some movement and sensation below the level of her injury, with much return occurring since she started in the specialized spinal cord injury (SCI) program. But Barkel’s goal is to continue her therapy on her off days and walk again. Therefore, her braces come home with her and the newly purchased Second Step gait harness system is used at home with her carbon fiber stance control braces.
            Barkel currently requires physical assistance from her husband, who assists her with a sit to stand into the gait harness system. The braces are made from carbon fiber, the same material that makes racecars and airplanes lightweight and dynamic, reducing the force that Barkel has to move against to complete her pre-gait/gait training.
            Recently, Barkel gained strength in both her quads thanks to the therapy, drive, personal determination and teamwork. The home therapy program includes: daily PROM/stretch of trunk/bilateral L/Es, neuromuscular electrical stimulation of all major muscle groups below the lesion level every other day, hand-cycling every other day and standing in the KAFOs and Second Step gait harness system to work on endurance, pre-gait and gait activities.
            In addition, Barkel remains active by volunteering at her local chamber of commerce, hosting Pampered Chef parties – donating her proceeds to SCI programs – and keeping up with her two young boys’ school and recreational lives.

            Do you know of any recent research showing the benefits using an overhead system (as an initial part of therapy) in combination with a frontal plane, ground-based movement system, in a single therapy session?
            Helping people walk again

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            • #81
              Dude, didn't you post this already?
              Daniel

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              • #82
                I am a new member and my thread was moved to this forum. If you are reading this thread then you may see how this relates! Many people are trying to find answers to be able to walk and stand again. Chris has an incredable writeup that offers many ideas and suggestions to people looking for answers. reinforcement of newly learned patterns in real world situations. This is very beneficial and much needed adjunct treatment paradign, and accentuates body weight support treadmill training. Body weight support training, in general, has shown a benefit of retraining central pattern generation and the ensuing stepping pattern. Ground support systems allow you to safely transfer and reinforce this progression to various land based gait training activities. reinforcement of the various qualities of gait during land based activities is a must for the activity to become functional. Lisa's story directly relates to this!!
                Chris invited comments and ground movement is also critical to the recovery process.
                Helping people walk again

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                • #83
                  Wow this is such a good initiative

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                  • #84
                    RE: Your Own Recovery Program

                    Hello Chris, good job:

                    For a month I'm using another breath trainer, EOLOS and its working...I'm only wandering why I didn't purchase the trainer before.

                    More info about the trainer in http://www.eolosweb.com

                    Thank you!

                    Aitor

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                    • #85
                      Chris i totally agree with you we need to wake up every morning and push ourselves to the limits!This is the only way we can achieve progress!
                      thanks for those links of the machines that we may use home!
                      Blue skies!!

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                      • #86
                        Hello Able Guy, My daughter Jess is a Tetraplegic and we are in West Australia. Have you heard of ReActivate in Te Awamutu Nz? Or know of anyone who has been through their rehab progam?

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                        • #87
                          I am interested in this vibrational training using a Jet-Vibe machine. How could I find this machine? - Fayeboo

                          Originally posted by Able Guy
                          Hi All,
                          I am walking L1 paraplegic, I had my accident 1997 in New Zealand where I live. I was first told never to walk again, but I took my first steps 6 months after the accident. Since then until now my recovery has been steady and slow and now I am walking with crutches and only using "Swedish AFO" to keep my feet off dropping.
                          3 months ago I discovered vibrational training using Jet-Vibe machines.
                          My strength, balance and coordination have improved and also my bladder accidents have reduced since.
                          Basically these machines train your muscles by vibrating about 40 times a second causing your muscles under tension to contract with same frequency. Brain is not so much involved as I think the feedback is between muscles and spine.
                          Also the time used on the machine is more efficient and 10 minutes on the vibrating platform is told to be equal to 60 minutes gym training.
                          Quite possibly this type of training would suit a lot op people with spinal injuries but try to find a outfit who are specialising on rehabilitation by trained physiotherapists as these machines are used for weight loss in beauty salons as well.

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                          • #88
                            Originally posted by Fayeboo
                            I am interested in this vibrational training using a Jet-Vibe machine. How could I find this machine? - Fayeboo
                            Thank you Able Guy. I was looking for a used machine, the new ones are so expensive, do you know where I could purchase one?

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                            • #89
                              I m planning to buy Thera-vital Movement Therapy System or may be some other where i can do exercise from wheelchair itself.

                              Do anyone use similar or same? whats ur feedback on that?
                              ChemistOnline.in

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                              • #90
                                If you can, get the upperbody trainer with it. It gives you excellent cardio, has a lot of resistance levels, and can really help you build up your endurance. To bad you don´t live near me, I would let you try it out for yourself in my practice.

                                Another thing, compare prices. Motomed is another company that makes an almost identical machine. Check eBay as well. Don´t forget...make sure the machine you buy can be plugged into your electrical outlet and has the right voltage. You need electricity for it to work.
                                Last edited by Mike C; 08-17-2007, 11:30 AM.
                                "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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