Archive for April, 2013

Pain

Posted on April 24, 2013. Filed under: Ataxia, Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, Pain | Tags: , , |

We all experience pain at some point in our lives. Hopefully it comes and goes and stays away never to return.

Today I was working with a gentleman who has had back pain rated 6/10 constant for many years. Actually he relayed he was going to have back surgery in 2005 when the doctor did some scans to figure out why he was walking funny. Turns out he has spinal cerebellar ataxia 1.

Jerry stood before me for the testing with his back arched in extension holding his breath; looking like he was at attention in the military. He would fall to the right and back and left and back but backwards if he closed his eyes. After I got him strategically weighted he could stand without support at more ease, sit to stand without the use of his crutch to pull him up and said. “I don’t have pain.”

Interesting.

When I looked at his walking before he was somewhat bent forward, butt out using his crutches. After weighting he was upright and able to take larger steps but still needed his crutches.

After we took the BalanceWear Assessment device off he had good carryover but most noteworthy…NO PAIN!

I can’t wait to hear how long that lasts:)

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Exercises for people MS

Posted on April 3, 2013. Filed under: Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, Exercise class, Multiple Sclerosis Treatment |

I read the LinkedIn Rehabilitation Medicine comments. Today there was one on Exercise For People With MS. Exercise should be tailored to your specific needs based on an evaluation performed by a rehab specialist. It should include tests and measures of strength, range of motion, balance, and endurance among others. Core stability of the trunk is essential and many of my patients have improved their ability with Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates. They have also been able to accomplish greater challenges wearing the BalanceWear devices. However, because of the fatigue that people with MS experience the exercise should be targeted to those that will accomplish the most. That being said there was a link in the discussion that I will share from the MS trust.

http://www.mstrust.org.uk/information/exercises/index_exercises.jsp

Let me know what you think:)

Pick one or two and give it a try….Be Active!

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