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  • Finally able to do "squats"

    Been s-l-o-w-l-y building on what was once a toe wiggle/flicker in my leg. The left leg has become much more active than the right which is about 9 months behind. Now, on a 45 degree sliding board, I can finally do sets of squats. The returns in my legs have been like aging, they happen so slowly you don't notice them adding up.

    I've also noticed that if I let too much time go by not exercising, the nerve activity goes back into hibernation. It takes a couple days of working to get back to where I previously was. It's safe to say I would still be just wiggling my toe if not for 100's of hours of patient exercise.

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    Sounds great!

    Pat

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    • #3
      congrats and keep working those muscles!!!
      T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

      My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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      • #4
        keep at it - good story!

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        • #5
          Keep up the good work!

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          • #6
            Great news Al!

            Who makes this sliding board?
            Danny
            Injured May 19, 2006, C4 incomplete

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hapahouli
              Great news Al!

              Who makes this sliding board?
              Danny
              I use it at the gym and had to laugh when I came home and looked it up.
              None other than Chuck Norris' Total Gym. It works great though. The board slides up and down or locks into place. It's easy to transfer onto with a spotter and adjusts for angle. I started nearly horizontal and have been working my way up.

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              • #8
                WTG! Keep it up.

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                • #9
                  Very cool.

                  Starting with a horizontal slideboard. Good idea.

                  Keep at it, I'm right behind you...
                  Well, not exactly but I do have slight movement in my hips and upper legs.
                  Hope to be trying out the slideboard some day in the near future.
                  Jeff
                  Doh!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JeffH
                    Starting with a horizontal slideboard. Good idea.

                    Keep at it, I'm right behind you...
                    Well, not exactly but I do have slight movement in my hips and upper legs.
                    Hope to be trying out the slideboard some day in the near future.
                    Jeff
                    You know how it is, everyone recovers different, but for me - it's helped having someone else take me through the movements before I take over. It helps the connected nerves fire. I have been concentrating on the right leg, trying as hard as I can doing one legged squats while someone else helps by sliding the board. It seemed hopeless, but slowly - as Patd says "fiber by fiber" I am seeing results. I also spin my legs a lot and use the Ergys, anything to keep them moving. An AB sitting all day everyday would lose their muscle function, it's important to keep them active.

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                    • #11
                      good description

                      Originally posted by alpentalic
                      You know how it is, everyone recovers different, but for me - it's helped having someone else take me through the movements before I take over. It helps the connected nerves fire. I.... It seemed hopeless, but slowly - as Patd says "fiber by fiber" I am seeing results. I also spin my legs a lot and use the Ergys, anything to keep them moving. An AB sitting all day everyday would lose their muscle function, it's important to keep them active.
                      I'm with ya.
                      Been using a motomed lots this summer and have been getting better and better at pedaling it "on my own" (with it's assistance) all summer. I realize that part of it is my butt-brain being retrained in locomotion, but I've noticed in increase in voluntary control of my upper leg muscles as well.

                      Jeff
                      Doh!

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                      • #12
                        Awesome job to everyone trying to get back all that they can!

                        It is proven that exercise is very important to staying healthy too.

                        Alpen, at PW we use the same Total Gym. Great for upper and lower body.
                        Where are you working out?
                        Injured May 19, 2006, C4 incomplete

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JeffH
                          I'm with ya.
                          Been using a motomed lots this summer and have been getting better and better at pedaling it "on my own" (with it's assistance) all summer. I realize that part of it is my butt-brain being retrained in locomotion, but I've noticed in increase in voluntary control of my upper leg muscles as well.

                          Jeff
                          I use the motomed too, I'd buy one if I could. I just got back from rehab practicing standing w/o braces. It never ceases. One victory unlocks another frustration and you press on despite it all. I have a hard time getting my hips under me which only fires me up to solve that problem. Keep your head in the game, if you have voluntary control, there is more in store for you. Personally, and from what I've read from mr.c/patd/alhavel (where ya been?) it's a marathon not a sprint.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hapahouli
                            Awesome job to everyone trying to get back all that they can!

                            It is proven that exercise is very important to staying healthy too.

                            Alpen, at PW we use the same Total Gym. Great for upper and lower body.
                            Where are you working out?
                            I split the difference between UW and NextStepsNW, a PW style outfit. I highly recommend it to any WA/Seattle area people.

                            As mentioned before and to add to your assertion, walking isn't the only objective in rehab. There is a girl on a vent - 5 years out - breathing for the first time on her own for extended lengths as a result of training. Another guy took the doc's advice and did nothing the first 2 years out of c/6/7 injury. A year into the program he can stand unbraced with a walker and take struggled steps. I myself have been led through the motions of leg exercises, skeptical they do any good only to find new muscle awakenings and movement.
                            Last edited by alpentalic; 09-21-2007, 09:58 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Yeah dog, good job. The TG is a beast and you can do so much on it. I've been using it for 2 years and am still adding exercises. Very good piece of equipment for many levels of recovery.
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