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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
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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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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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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.