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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.