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Henderson’s Beyond the Chair Story

Henderson H. is a war veteran who was injured in a motor vehicular accident several decades ago. He is now a C5/C6 incomplete spinal cord quadriplegic who has a hard time sitting and standing in an upright position. Despite his limitations he remains very positive and is dedicated to leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Henderson also suffers from heterotopic ossification (HO) which requires him to increase weight bearing actions.

Henderson has been coming to Beyond the Chair for over two years now. He typically comes in twice a week for two hours each session. When Henderson is here at BTC, the Neuro-Fitness Specialists focus on all developmental movements such as rolling, sitting, standing, and walking. Due to the HO in Henderson’s right knee he has to continuously keep his body mobile and stay active. HO is an abnormal bone growth in soft tissues like muscle. Without proper passive or active range of motion or weight-bearing activities the HO will worsen and fuse the bone and soft tissue together. The EasyStand Glider is a very beneficial piece of equipment that helps stand individuals in an upright position. The Glider is the only standing frame that provides range of motion for lower body extremities and upper body strengthening by pushing and pulling with the arms. The EasyStand Glider has several adjustments for the feet, hips, back, chest, and arms to fit just about every individual.

The Glider is an essential machine for Henderson’s rehabilitation. The weight-bearing from standing in the Glider has helped breakdown the HO in Henderson’s right knee. The Glider also helps Henderson with his standing posture, muscular endurance, and full-body range of motion. The EasyStand Glider is a wonderful asset to Beyond the Chair because it helps with the majority of our client’s short and long term goals.

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Daniel’s Beyond the Chair Story

Life can be very difficult for individuals with Familial Spastic Paraparesis (FSP). FSP is an inherited disorder characterized by progressive weakness and spasticity in the lower extremities. For Daniel P. this has been his main challenge since he was a young boy. Daniel continually fights to get stronger and is determined to keep himself as healthy as possible. He is constantly working on his recovery and doesn’t let his disorder keep him from achieving any of his short or long term goals.

Daniel is a very active individual both inside and out of Beyond the Chair. Daniel is currently going to college to further his education and at the same time he comes to Beyond the Chair once or twice a week from anywhere to one to two hours a session. Daniel has a hard time with his gait pattern but he’s still able to walk with an assisted cane. Daniel has a strong upper body but a weak core, so when he walks he tends to sway left and right. When Daniel comes to BTC for his therapy his main focuses are his weakness: gait pattern, core, coordination and balance, and lower body strength and flexibility. The Neuro-Fitness Specialist at Beyond the Chair likes to focus on multi-joint exercises that incorporate more than one muscle to perform a certain action. Focusing on multi-joint exercises enables Daniel to use the majority of his body. The EasyStand Glider is an excellent device to help target multiple muscle groups at the same time. When Daniel uses the Glider he’s able to engage both his lower and upper extremities through a gliding action.

The Glider challenges Daniel in ways that greatly aide in his recovery. After using it, his range of motion increases as well as his standing posture which contributes to an improved gait pattern.

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Steven’s Beyond the Chair Story

Here at Beyond the Chair we support all veterans and many organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project. Steven E., one of our clients who is funded through the Wounded Warrior Project, has been active with BTC for over a year now. Steven suffers from a traumatic brain injury. Steven is an extremely dedicated client and comes into BTC week after week for his recovery.

Steven comes to BTC twice a week for two hours each session. Within those two hours, Steven works on developmental movements such as rolling, sitting, standing, and walking. Steven also focuses on strength training, core stability and balance and both active and passive range of motion. When an individual has a neurological injury it’s important that the individual continues to stay active and receives weight bearing for their lower extremities. Losing bone mineral density is very common for individuals who use wheelchairs. A decrease in bone density can result in osteoporosis which will make the individual more prone to bone fractures. Standing in an upright position helps to maintain bone mineral density and avoid more serious complications as a result. Steven uses the EasyStand Glider for his weight-bearing for anywhere from twenty to thirty minutes each time. The EasyStand Glider also has many additional benefits for Steven as well. The gliding action helps with his lower and upper body range of motion and the resistance of the glider helps with strengthening his upper body.

The EasyStand Glider has made a huge difference for Steven and many of our other clients here at Beyond the Chair. Every one of our clients who have used the Glider including Steven has absolutely loved it. The fact that they can passively or actively move all four extremities while standing in an upright position is magnificent. The EasyStand Glider is a state of the art piece of equipment that has and will continue to be a huge asset for Beyond the Chair.

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Anson’s Beyond the Chair Story

Anson C. is one of Beyond the Chair‘s veterans who served for the United States Army. Anson was injured from a grenade explosion that resulted in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The shrapnel and blast from the grenade injured the left side of Anson’s brain. Due to the left side of the brain being injured, Anson now has minimal movement on the right side of his body. However, he has almost full function on the left side of his body, although his movements however are slightly delayed. Anson likes to stay active and continues to participate in therapy every day.

Anson exercises at Beyond the Chair three times a week for two hours each session. Whenever Anson comes in BTC he is always determined and eager to start his session. Due to his injury, the whole right side of Anson’s body has minimal function and a lot of tone built up. Tone can shorten muscles and cause joint contractures. When an individual experiences high muscle tone and joint contractures, it can be extremely difficult to have full range of motion. If one doesn’t stay mobile then that individual can start to develop heterotopic ossification (HO). HO is growth of bone in abnormal places such as soft tissues, and it can fuse soft tissue with bone. This condition can vary from minor to severe growth. The severity of tone, joint contractures, and heterotopic ossification can be maintained or lessened with passive or active range of motion and any kind of weight/load bearing. The EasyStand Glider is especially beneficial to Anson because of his joint contractures, tone, and the potential of developing HO.

Anson has only stood inside the EasyStand Glider a few times, but after each session, he has noticed a decrease in his tone, his range of motion improved, and his bone density was maintained. The EasyStand Glider has and will continue to be a vital piece of equipment for Anson’s recovery and overall health.

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Rick’s Beyond the Chair Story

Rick M. had three surgeries for his severe lumbar spinal stenosis. Unfortunately, the first two surgeries failed. Although the third one was successful, he suffered trauma from the surgery. Rick has function from his head to his toes but due to the trauma from his last surgery he’s now uses a wheelchair for mobility. Rick lacks strength in all four extremities and his range of motion is limited due to his lumbar fusion. Despite Rick’s injury, he continues to keep his head held high and remain focus on his goals and recovery.

Rick is a very active individual inside and outside of Beyond the Chair, he works out at BTC twice a week for an hour each session. On Rick’s rest days he still manages to come to Beyond the Chair to work out independently from his wheelchair. Rick is constantly moving all four extremities but he does have a hard time when it comes to standing and walking. Rick can stand for a couple of seconds at a time with assistance but he tends to lean forward. He also has a difficult time bringing his hips forward in a standing position. Because of this he’s not in a correct full upright position. The EasyStand Glider benefits Rick because the back, knee, and chest support help guide him into the correct upright standing position.

The EasyStand Glider has helped Rick out in many different ways. He can now stand in an upright position without having to worry about any lower back pain. The first time Rick stood in the Glider he instantly felt pain relief in his lower back. Since Rick has function in all four of his extremities, he’s able to push and pull while standing in the Glider, therefore improving his upper body strength. Rick is maintaining his bone density, increasing muscle strength, and increasing his cardiovascular fitness. Overall, the EasyStand Glider has benefited Rick in many ways and improved his quality of life.

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Ricardo’s Beyond the Chair Story

Ricardo G. is a C5-C7 incomplete spinal cord injury who is always dedicated to push past his limits when it comes to his recovery. Ricardo has been injured for three years now but he doesn’t let that stop him from living his life and doing what he loves. Ricardo always sets the bar high when it comes to his progress increasing strength, so he’s constantly asking the neuro-fitness specialist at Beyond the Chair to push him harder than his previous workout. Ricardo is always willing to accept any new challenge the NFS gives him, because his recovery is his main focus.

When it comes to working out here at Beyond the Chair, Ricardo is always working his hardest to push himself to the next level. Ricardo works out at Beyond the Chair twice a week for an hour each session, at the end of his sessions he stands in the EasyStand Glider for at least thirty minutes. The Glider allows Ricardo to experience weight bearing in his lower extremities, which is really important because it will help maintain his bone density. Without weight-bearing bone minerals can decrease resulting in an increased risk of fracturing or even breaking a bone. The Glider contributes tremendously to Ricardo’s recovery, by helping him stand up on his feet while straightening out his back as well as stretching his lower extremities. Being a quadriplegic, Ricardo naturally suffers from muscle spasms in his legs and back, but he notices after standing that his spasms seem to decrease significantly.

Overall the EasyStand Glider continuously helps Ricardo with his recovery every day. Ricardo is always extremely excited to stand because he loves that fact that he is able to move all four of his extremities while in the glider. Thanks to the EasyStand Glider Ricardo’s range of motion has increased and his spasms have decreased significantly.

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Dan’s Beyond the Chair Story

Dan R. is a C-5 incomplete spinal cord injury who has been injured for three years now. Before Dan’s injury he was a proud member of the U.S. Army for six years, with the dedication and determination to fight for his country. Dan now has a different battle to deal with and that’s his spinal cord injury. Everyday Dan wakes up with the incredible determination and courage to fight his battle against paralysis. Dan is constantly pushing for greatness in the gym and always has the fight to push beyond his limits when working on his recovery.

Dan works out at the Beyond the Chair three times a week for two hours each session. Every session Dan is willing to accept any challenge that is thrown his way, whether it is standing up in the EasyStand Glider and actively working all of his extremities or getting on the total gym and doing body weighted squats. Dan always comes in with a smile and is ready to work out, always striving to do his best and the Glider makes that possible for him. Dan suffers from muscle tone in his right arm as well as his lower extremities, and he also has a lot of spasticity in his lower extremities as well. The EasyStand Glider is a definite solution to this problem. Once Dan gets up in the Glider, he experiences a noticeable decrease in the spasticity and tone in his lower extremities along with his right arm. The gliding motion from the Glider helps by stretching Dan’s lower back which has a lot of tightness and tone built up.

Overall the Glider helps Dan with his quality of life and overall health. He has increased his range of motion and the load bearing he receives from standing in a correct upright position has helped him maintain his bone density. The EasyStand Glider also targets Dan’s cardiovascular endurance with the constant push/pull movement. By the end of Dan’s sessions his spasticity and tone decreases significantly along with an increase in range of motion.

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Lauren’s Beyond the Chair Story

Every facility has that one client that can brighten up the day even when it’s gloomy outside, at Beyond the Chairthat client is Lauren M. When she was young, Lauren had a brain tumor that was located on her brain stem and was surgically removed. The tumor caused damage to her brain and hearing. Although, the damage to Lauren’s hearing was severe, it did not lead to full hearing loss. She is still able to hear with the help of hearing aids. Lauren has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury for twelve years now.

Lauren works on her recovery at Beyond the Chair two times a week for two hours each session. When Lauren is here at BTC she is nothing but smiles. She is constantly telling jokes and making everyone laugh. From the staff to the other clients, she puts a smile on everyone’s face. Through her recovery, Lauren has worked hard, and strives to always achieve her goals by any means possible. From daily living to the gym Lauren is always pushing her limits to get better.

Being a wheelchair user for over twelve years has caused Lauren to develop tone in her muscles making them tight. Lauren also has spinal alignment issues and postural problems while both sitting and standing. The EasyStand Glider is a great piece of equipment for helping Lauren focus on these areas. Not only does the Glider help prepare her for walking in the walker, but it also helps relieve tightness and increase her range of motion. Standing allows her to stretch her hamstrings and back, as well as teaches Lauren how to properly stand upright without alignment issues. Usually Lauren will stay active in the Glider for at least twenty minutes to warm up her muscles and core body temperature. The Glider ensures proper posture and body movement when Lauren works on gait training. Lauren said her favorite thing about using the Glider is the “feeling of my muscles being stretched.”  Lauren’s posture and muscle tone have also improved tremendously.

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Chris’s Beyond the Chair Story

Life can be very difficult for individuals living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. For Chris R. his whole left side of his body was affected as well as his vision. Chris’s balance and core stability is also affected due to his loss of eye sight. Although Chris lives with a disability he keeps his head up and continues to stay focused on his recovery.

Chris comes to Beyond the Chair twice a week for one hour. When Chris is at BTC he is rarely in his wheelchair. At BTC we like to work on the notion “crawl before you walk”. Since Chris is able to walk with an assisted device (cane), we mainly focus on his gait training, core strength and balance. Chris’ upper and lower extremities on the left side of his body have atrophy, and because of this he naturally leans on the strong side of his body when standing or walking. When individuals over compensate any muscle group on either side of their body they become asymmetrical. Being asymmetrical can lead to many complications with muscles, joints, bones, and balance. Every time the Neuro-Fitness Specialist at BTC set up Chris in the EasyStand Glider his posture improved instantly as well as his balance. With his left side mainly being affected by his injury, the Glider is able to distribute weight to both the right and left sides evenly. This way, he is getting that weight bearing on both sides of his body as opposed to favoring his right side like he tends to do.

When Chris works out at BTC he’s constantly striving to push himself beyond his limits and expectations. The EasyStand Glider is continuously helping our clients in many different ways, whether it’s helping with posture and balance, helping muscle growth and strength, or circulation and blood flow. The EasyStand Glider has been a piece of the puzzle that has helped many clients achieve their goals here at Beyond the Chair.

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Paul’s Beyond the Chair Story

Here at Beyond the Chair we serve individuals of all ages, all level of spinal cord injuries, and other neurological disabilities. We serve many individuals in the community including Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Victims of Violent Crimes. Paul C. is one of our younger clients here at BTC. He was a victim of a violent crime, which resulted in his C-5/C-6 complete spinal cord injury.

ng injured by an act of violent crime takes a toll on an individuals’ mind as well as their body. It takes a positive mind, will power, and strength to overcome and block out any pain or obstacles in the way. Paul always comes into BTC ready to work hard and remains dedicated to exceeding his limits and not only reaching his goals but always setting new ones.

Paul is constantly battling muscles spasms, which are involuntary contractions of muscles or a group of muscles that cease after a few minutes. Muscle spasms are beneficial for individuals with SCI but if the spasticity increases it can create tone, which will tighten and shorten muscles. The frequency of muscle spasms can increase due to lack of overall body movement, so machines like the EasyStand Glider can help ease the spasticity level for individuals like Paul. The first time Paul stood and glided in the Glider he began to instantly feel light-headed within minutes due to his orthostatic hypotension. Paul continued to stand and glide in the glider until his blood flow and circulation improved as well as his venous return. Session after session Paul continued to increase his overall duration when gliding in the EasyStand Glider. Now Paul is able to stand in the glider and remain active for almost half an hour.

Paul’s continues to battle with his muscles spasms, but the intensity of his spasms tends to decrease from time to time with the assistance of the EasyStand Glider. The Glider has helped Paul with Orthostatic hypotension, his range of motion, and his body alignment.