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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
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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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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
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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.

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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.