Joe’s Beyond the Chair Story

It can be difficult for individuals living with Vascular Dementia. Vascular Dementia is a neurological disorder that can cause cognitive difficulties and eventually lead to diminished overall health. This is something that Joe A. faces every day. Living with this condition takes a toll not only cognitively but also muscularly. Joe dedicates two days a week for his therapy, each session being anywhere from one to two hours. Just like being in the military, Joe always fights to push through his limitations while exercising at Beyond the Chair. Joe is continuously working to get better and is determined to meet each and every goal set.

Joe currently has difficulty with his balance and strength, as well as standing all the way upright. When Joe comes into Beyond the Chair he works on those areas and weight bearing on his lower extremities. During training, the Neruo-Fitness Specialists like to focus on exercises that will incorporate more than one muscle group. The EasyStand Glider is definitely a machine that does exactly that. When Joe is using the Glider he is engaging muscles in different areas of his body at a time and is getting weight bearing in his lower extremities. The Glider not only provides Joe with the weight bearing he needs but also helps with strengthening his upper extremities as well. The constant pushing and pulling works Joe’s arms as well as his core which helps a lot with his balance. This motion tends to make Joe lean to the sides, which forces him to activate his core in order to stay midline and perform the exercise correctly. The EasyStand Glider works the majority of Joe’s body and also helps with his cardiovascular system.

Overall, the EasyStand Glider is beneficial in many ways for our clients here at Beyond the Chair. The Glider increases overall health for each client by targeting all areas of the body, from the core to the upper and lower extremities. The EasyStand Glider is definitely a major factor in every client’s workout here at Beyond the Chair.

Joe working hard in the #EasyStandGlider ?

Posted by Beyond the Chair San Antonio, TX on Thursday, May 5, 2016

Garrett’s Beyond the Chair Story

Garrett S. is a member of the U.S. Army, and one of the many Wounded Warrior clients that exercise at Beyond the Chair. He suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury after being struck by lightning back in 2013, but he hasn’t let his injury slow him down.

Since starting at Beyond the Chair in July of 2015 he has improved tremendously in his gait training and overall strength. However, he still has muscle tightness in his hamstrings, hip flexors, and lower-back. Being in a seated position for long periods at a time can take a toll on the body and cause muscles to shorten. The EasyStand Glider is a vital piece of equipment for Garrett’s recovery. Using the Glider helps Garrett stretch out his shortened muscles in a comfortable plane and range, while also getting a good cardiovascular workout. Garrett always says “I feel good”, when standing in the EasyStand Glider. The Glider has not only helped with the tightness in Garrett’s muscles but it has also helped with his posture while standing. Before using the Glider, Garrett had a tendency to slouch slightly forward while standing or walking. Now, Garrett is able to stand completely straight which is a direct result of improved posture as well as the lengthening and decreased tightness in his hamstrings, hip flexors, and lower back. With the decreased tone in Garrett’s muscles it’s easier for him to perform more exercises and walk straighter with a platform walker.

Overall, the EasyStand Glider has been helping Garrett in and outside Beyond the Chair. Every couple of weeks Garret increases his independence. Garrett is walking more at home and is moving around easier than ever before. The Glider continues to improve Garrett’s posture, decrease his muscle tightness and most importantly it has improved his overall health and quality of life.

Garrett S., TBI, working hard and all smiles in #TheEasyStandGlider

Posted by Beyond the Chair San Antonio, TX on Friday, June 3, 2016

Jose’s Beyond the Chair Story

Jose L. is recovering from a June 2010 stroke that took a significant toll on him and his body. Although the stroke affected both the left and right sides of Jose’s body, his right side is more substantially impaired. It also damaged his vocal box and created tone throughout his whole body, making it difficult for Jose to bend any extremity. Despite Jose’s injury he continues to keep his head held high and remain positive.

Jose is one of Beyond the Chair‘s newer clients who comes in twice a week for an hour each session. When Jose works out at BTC he focuses on all developmental movements such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, and even walking. Jose has function from head to toe but his tone minimizes his range of motion which takes away from his function. The EasyStand Glider is a machine that Jose uses every time he’s at Beyond the Chair. When Jose uses the Glider it helps tremendously with Jose’s tone in his upper and lower extremities. The EasyStand Glider helps release the tightness in Jose’s muscles and allows him to have a better range of motion which also contributes to an increase his function. Every time Jose uses the EasyStand Glider it’s at least for thirty minutes at a time, so he can get as much weight bearing on his lower extremities as possible. Although Jose faces challenges everyday whether it’s his tone or his range of motion, he never gives in or gives up and continues to better himself after every session.

The EasyStand Glider helps many clients in many ways. In Jose’s case, the Glider’s biggest impact is on his tone and range of motion. Every time Jose uses the EasyStand glider he leaves with increased range of motion, decreased tone in his muscles, and always a big smile on his face.

Jose standing upright in the #EasyStandGlider

Posted by Beyond the Chair San Antonio, TX on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Danixa’s Beyond the Chair Story

Danixa V. is a retired veteran who was injured in January 2013. Although Danixa has a T-6, T-7, and T-8 incomplete spinal cord injury, she still maintains an active lifestyle both at Beyond the Chair and in her everyday life as well. Danixa is a strong independent woman who is determined and focused on her road to recovery.

Danixa exercises at BTC twice a week for one to two hours a session. She is constantly asking to be pushed further with every workout to achieve new, higher goals. When Danixa first starting coming to Beyond the Chair she had very little muscle mass and extremely limited movement. That has all increased significantly and Danixa continues to impress with her outstanding improvements. Danixa has also increased her tone in both her arms and legs which allows her to be able to work out with the EasyStand Glider.

The EasyStand Glider not only helped Danixa build her muscle mass but it has also improved her circulation tremendously. Danixa normally likes to stand towards the end of her workout sessions so she can end every workout knowing that all extremities are getting rich oxygenated blood. She feels this is essential for her road to recovery. The Glider also helps decrease muscle tightness that Danixa experiences in her core area. By being upright, she is able to stretch her lower extremities while working her lower abdomen as well. Not only that, but standing in the Glider has also been beneficial in gaining more range of motion and weight bearing in her lower extremities.

The EasyStand Glider has been and will continue to be a vital piece of equipment Danixa utilizes in her training. It plays an integral role in her recovery workouts and allows her to really focus on getting stronger and improving her overall health with each session.

Danixa striking a pose in the #EasyStandGlider ?

Posted by Beyond the Chair San Antonio, TX on Friday, April 8, 2016

Maggie’s Beyond the Chair Story

Maggie M. suffered a C4-C5 incomplete spinal cord injury after being the victim of a violent crime. She is one of Beyond the Chair’s longest standing clients, starting just seven months after Beyond the Chair opened its doors.

Before her accident Maggie exercised frequently. She did some strength training but loved to do cardio on the elliptical machine. Now, Maggie works out twice a week for two hours each session. Lately, she has been suffering from intense nerve pain that originated in her feet but she now experiences throughout her body, which makes working out difficult for her. However, Maggie doesn’t let that stop her from doing what she loves to do. She continues to push through the pain and achieves every goal she sets during her workouts. When Maggie comes to BTC she always wants to stand in the EasyStand Glider. Using the EasyStand Glider has helped Maggie tremendously with her nerve pain. She is able to get the weight bearing that she needs in order to maintain her bone density as well has her circulation in both her upper and lower extremities. The Glider also helps a lot with Maggie’s posture. She has said she definitely feels a big difference in her posture when she is standing. The Glider keeps her hips forward and her shoulders retracted which aligns her spine so she can stand up straight. The EasyStand Glider not only benefits her bone density and nerve pain but it also improves her cardiovascular system. The constant push/pull motion gets Maggie’s heart rate up and helps with the range of motion in both her upper and lower extremities.

The EasyStand Glider plays a key role in helping Maggie on her road to recovery. The Glider has helped Maggie by maintaining her bone density, improving her cardiovascular system, stretching and strengthening muscles, helps to ease her nerve pain, and increases her venous return. Overall, the EasyStand Glider helps with Maggie’s all-around health and improves her quality of life.


Rubi’s Beyond the Chair Story

Rubi R. is a C6-C7 incomplete spinal cord injury who was injured in a car accident when she was just seventeen years old. It has been seven years since her injury but she has been 110% committed to her recovery. Not only does she come to Beyond the Chair for her therapy, but she also goes to physical therapy and works out at home for her recovery journey. Rubi always pushes herself in therapy and never quits. She faces every challenge we give her with a smile on her face.

Rubi working hard in the #EasyStandGlider

Posted by Beyond the Chair San Antonio, TX on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Darlene’s Beyond the Chair Story

Darlene was a horse breeder and trainer before a horseback riding accident left her with a C-4 incomplete spinal cord injury. However, being paralyzed from the neck down has not stopped her from being independent. She uses a wheelchair that allows her to drive and adjust her chair with her mouth. She has been injured for five years now but is determined to stay active. Since her accident, she has been traveling over an hour multiple times per week to her therapy sessions at Beyond the Chair.

Darlene works out at Beyond the Chair twice a week for two hours each session. From assisted squats on the total gym to pushes and pulls at the combo twist, she always gets a total body work out here at BTC. When we showed Darlene The EasyStand Glider she was very eager to get up and try it. She likes to stand because she knows it’s important for her bones and it helps lengthen her shortened muscles and ease her spasms. She was excited that The EasyStand Glider combined standing and moving, as this will help challenge her even more. The EasyStand Glider also improves Darlene’s cardiovascular endurance with the constant push/pull movement. The first few times she stood in Glider, Darlene would get dizzy and light headed because of orthostatic hypotension. She was motivated to stick with it and gradually increased the length of time she was able to stand. After working out hard and standing more frequently, she now can use Glider for twenty or more minutes without feeling dizzy or light headed.

Overall, the Glider helps Darlene with her quality of life and overall health, from increasing her range of motion to maintaining her bone density because of the load bearing she receives from standing in a correct upright position. She loves the EasyStand Glider and recommends it to other people who have spinal cord injuries or mobility impairments.


TJ’s Beyond the Chair Story

T.J. is another retired Air Force Veteran who has been a client of Beyond the Chair for the last two and a half years. After a rollover Humvee accident while on duty, he was left a C-5 incomplete spinal cord injury. T.J. is dedicated to his recovery, coming to work out three times a week, two hours per session. Within the last year he has traveled to Panama to receive stem cells for his recovery journey, and returned to Beyond the Chair for help in strengthening the neuro-muscular connection.

When T.J. first started at Beyond the Chair he had limited strength in his extremities and could barely stand without blood pressure issues. He knew this journey to recovery wasn’t going to be an easy one but he was determined to get function back. Now, after his hard work and dedication over the last few years and stem cell surgery, T.J. has gained strength, balance and movement. One machine that T.J. likes because it really challenges him is the EasyStand Glider. Not only does the EasyStand Glider give him the benefits of standing, it also allows him to strengthen his arms with the push and pull motion. Standing alone can sometimes be a challenge for individuals with blood pressure issues. Once they are able to stand without feeling light headed, it’s an added benefit to be able to step up their training and incorporate their arms. T.J. likes to use the EasyStand Glider every time he comes to work out for at least 20 minutes. Before his accident T.J. was a very active individual, always on the go. The trainers at Beyond the Chair, as well as the use of the EasyStand Glider help keep him active.

The EasyStand Glider has made a difference for T.J. and many more of our clients here at Beyond the Chair. T.J. will continue to focus on his recovery with the help of his Neuro-fitness Specialist and machines like the EasyStand Glider.


Esequiel’s Beyond the Chair Story

Esequiel E. is one of Beyond the Chair’s newest clients. After a severe fall less than a year ago, Esequiel was left with a T9 incomplete spinal cord injury. He started his journey to recovery with Beyond the Chair in January 2016 and is more than determined to walk again. Esequiel works out twice a week and pushes himself to his limits because he knows hard work and dedication will get him to his goals.

Esequiel likes to stay very active and is always ready to face new challenges that come his way. To him, challenges are just another stepping stone in his recovery to making him stronger. He is very optimistic and open to trying every new work out we throw at him. From battle ropes to walking on his knees and everything in between, Esequiel works hard to perfect all his movements. Sometimes these simple movements can be hard for him because he tends to have a lot of spasticity and muscle spasms that are hard to control. The EasyStand Glider helps ease his spasms by stretching out his hamstrings, hip flexors, abdominals, and lower back. Not only is the EasyStand Glider good for stretching and easing his muscle spasms, it also helps maintain bone density. Esequiel stands in the EasyStand Glider for at least twenty minutes every time he comes to Beyond the Chair which also helps his circulation and venous return. Since he has such a new injury it is important for Esequiel to stand to prevent osteoporosis and other conditions that degenerate the body. The movement of his upper and lower extremities increase his heart rate and help tremendously with his cardio-respiratory system.

Esequiel has noticed a major difference in his spasticity in the short time he has been at Beyond the Chair. The EasyStand Glider has and will continue to be an important piece of equipment for Esequiel’s recovery and overall health.


Eric’s Beyond the Chair Story

Eric L. is an army soldier who was recently injured last year. He is a C5/C6 incomplete spinal cord quadriplegic. Although he has only recently started coming in to Beyond the Chair, he is very motivated and dedicated towards his recovery. Eric currently has problems with his posture, tightness in his lower back, and his muscular endurance.

Eric comes in to Beyond the Chair three times a week for two hours each session. His primary focus is gait training, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, core strength, and stability. Eric also focuses a lot on standing. He usually stands in the EasyStand Glider at the end of each session for at least twenty minutes. Whenever Eric stands in the Glider he tends to get light headed within a couple of minutes due to his orthostatic hypertension. Overcoming orthostatic hypertension definitely takes time. When an individual sits for long periods of time the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood to the lower extremities. However, when an individual is standing and staying mobile the heart is then challenged to pump blood more quickly. Since Eric starting using the Glider about three times a week, his venous return has been improving. Eric has now been able to stand for longer and longer periods at a time. The fact that Eric is still considered a new injury means he will have to continue to train his venous return until his heart is strong enough to the point where he won’t get light headed or dizzy anymore.

The EasyStand Glider is an important piece of equipment for Eric’s recovery. Standing, and staying active by pushing and pulling in the Glider has been helping Eric with his posture, tightness in his lower back, muscular endurance, and orthostatic hypertension. Eric’s venous return will only continue to improve as long as he continues to stay dedicated to his recovery and continues to use the EasyStand Glider.