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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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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.