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

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.


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.


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.