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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
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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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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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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.