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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.

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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.

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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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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.