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Articles Tagged: Physical Therapy

Doctors use gaming to mend spinal injuries

Published: April 13, 2014 | Category: News

NEW DELHI: The rehabilitation department of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre has introduced a new and engaging form of rehabilitation: video games. This new form of virtual reality therapy has helped patients become more motivated and engaged during rehabilitation.

In a crowded rehab room, Vinod Kumar diligently stands on a balance board-a game console-and stares at the TV screen. He leans to the left, and on the screen the skier copies his movements. The goal of the skiing game is to reach the end of the slope and avoid obstacles, but the true goal is for Kumar to practice his balance. Continue Reading »

Ocean City family offering athletes with spinal cord injuries a place to swim

Published: October 10, 2013 | Category: News

place spinal cord injuries to swimOCEAN CITY — For some of the swimmers, like Angel Mullin, they hadn’t been in the water since before their injuries. But Bruckner Chase, his wife and his sister-in-law weren’t about to let that stop them. Their swimming program for athletes with spinal cord injuries has helped several athletes like Mullin feel comfortable not only in the pool, but in the open water, too.

“I kind of had my life in a wheelchair,” Mullin said. “You get limited.

“I try to do a lot of things in my life. When stuff is not accessible, you’re not able to enjoy those things. This is like exploring the world in ways that I never really did even before my accident.” Continue Reading »

New research on paralyzed dogs aimed at helping humans

Published: July 24, 2013 | Category: News

researcher Dr Jonathan LevineOngoing research on paralyzed dogs may one day help military veterans and others who have severe spinal cord injuries.

Researchers at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have developed a therapy that might help paralyzed dogs regain some of their lost function.

“One of the big obstacles in the past has been a lot of the research has used rodents and experimental animals,” lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Levine, an associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Texas A&M told CBS Dallas/Fort Worth’s Karen Borta. “Despite an abundance of clinical trials a lot of money spent in humans, the results have been disappointing.” Continue Reading »

Beyond The Chair

Published: October 1, 2012 | Category: Links

www.BeyondTheChair.org

Beyond The Chair exists to provide an improved quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disabilities through intensive exercise programs to enhance overall functional capacity.

Zander Lee – Custom Physical Therapy Tables

Published: April 25, 2012 | Category: Links

ZanderPLee.com

These tables were designed for injured people to stretch, roll and attain general well-being.

Many uses: physical therapy, massage, yoga, pilates, exercise, stretching and more…

These custom tables are beautifully hand-crafted and as a result become the focal point of any room.

There are endless design-choices available, including: height, width and length of table; species and finish of wood; density and color of foam top; and storage configuration. All of our tables come with wheels for easy movement. Continue Reading »

Aquatic therapy

Published: August 1, 2011 | Category: Information

Ancient Egyptians knew it, Greek philosopher and writer Hippocrates was talking about it over 2,400 years ago and physicians of the Roman Empire recommended it. The amazing effect of water therapy, or aquatic therapy, is working to improve the lives of children with a wide range of disabilities. The only side effect appears to be smiles. Continue Reading »

New bionic legs help paraplegics walk again

Published: July 22, 2011 | Category: News

The robotic exoskeleton eLegs could be a game changer for spinal cord injury rehabilitation

Stephanie Sablan was driving home from her grandmother’s house late at night last January, down the scenic Route 101 in Northern California. Sablan picked up her phone and typed a text message to her boyfriend to say she’d be there in half an hour. Before she hit send, she looked up and was surprised by a curve in the road. She swung the steering wheel to avoid the central reservation, but went too far, and the car flipped over – once, twice, three times, four times.

As the car tumbled, Sablan was thrown out of the passenger-side window – “I wasn’t wearing my seat belt,” she says – and landed in the grass beside the highway. “I tried to get up, but I couldn’t move my legs.” Continue Reading »

Injured ATV racer battles his way back from paralyzing injury

Published: May 16, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

On Feb. 19, ATV Pro Am racer Cody Wills of Lower Paxton Twp. crashed while competing in a qualifying race during Motorama 2011 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. In flipping his four-wheeler and landing squarely on his head, the 20-year-old crushed the C-6 vertebra in his neck, partially severing his spinal cord. Neurosurgeons at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center employed cutting-edge techniques, including plunging Cody’s body into hypothermia for three days in order to limit the swelling of his spinal tissue and prevent further neurological impairment. Cody emerged from the surgery with the use of his hands, but only faint feeling and virtually no control below his chest. It could be a year or longer before the extent and permanency of his injuries are known. Continue Reading »

Weightlifting helps spinal-cord-injured man rebuild body, confidence

Published: March 7, 2011 | Category: News

John Lee likes to brag about Paul Jones, one of his clients at the gym he operates in back of his home in East Memphis.

“Paul is the strongest bench presser I have,” Lee says of the 27-year-old former college student who routinely hoists and pumps 70-pound dumbbells, one in each hand, during their regular workouts.

Lots of young men can lift weights, but few are like Jones, who has been paralyzed below the chest and able to move only his arms since October 2008. Continue Reading »

Chance to walk again

Published: March 6, 2011 | Category: News

RHIANNON Tracey was told she would never walk again after breaking her neck and three vertebrae on a horror Bali trip.

But 18 months after inadvertently diving headfirst into a hotel pool, the quadriplegic has taken her first steps again.

Her incredible progress, however, has come at a massive cost for her Eltham family, who have spent more than $300,000 on physical therapy and specialised help from two trips to an American spinal rehabilitation centre.

Rhiannon’s family is now pleading for corporate support and government backing as they join about 30 other Victorian families to open a franchise of the US centre, Project Walk. Continue Reading »