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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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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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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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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.