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

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

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.


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.


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.


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.