Cerebellar Degeneration – BalanceWear – Walking – Walking and More Walking

Posted on July 30, 2014. Filed under: Cerebellar Degeneration, Hope |

Terry with Cerebellar Degeneration: Her Steps to Freedom
Diagnosis: Cerebellar Degeneration.

Terry was discharged from physical therapy because she was not making progress. Her doctor told her she would remain in the wheelchair for life.

Terry did not want to accept this. Searching for ideas and treatment on the web she came across Motion Therapeutics and BalanceWear.

She went to see Andy Lesher MSPT in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Terry received BalanceWear in July 2013. The first treatment with BalanceWear and Balance-Based Torso-Weighting Terry obtained the ability to sit and stand without support for the first time in a long time.

Terry began walking with the assist of her partner. She stated “I couldn’t stop when I walked. I had no control. I would fall and my partner had to catch me.”

But..that didn’t stop Terry.

After a few months, Terry was walking with two hiking poles and a helmet and BalanceWear everyday around the neighborhood. In addition to further physical therapy and BalanceWear Terry related she did the following activities. “Tong Ren, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Acupuncture, Reiki, Massage, Vitamins. Prayer, and Aqua Therapy. I had a positive attitude and motivation, visualization exercises, and walking, walking, walking and
walking some more with My SUPER VEST!!!!!!!”

Talk about task practice! In physical therapy we talk about training a person in the tasks they need to succeed with a mass practice.

By September (5 months later) Terry was able to walk with one hiking pole.
By November (6 months later) she started walking without any hiking poles but still wearing her BalanceWear. She continued to walk for 500 miles over the next 4 months. (That’s like 5 miles per day) The video attached to this story documents six months of her work. At 9 months she travels to the Grand Canyon and hikes in the foothills of Sedona, Arizona.

Terry has taught us a lot!

1. How much work it takes to change control.

2. Constant BalanceWear wear and walking helped her achieve what her
doctor said she never would.


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3 Responses to “Cerebellar Degeneration – BalanceWear – Walking – Walking and More Walking”

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Terry’s story is truly inspiring! Her “SUPER VEST” and dedication painted the perfect picture of what consistent, hard work can do for one’s quality of life. Big question now…the next hiking location! Thank you for making that difference in the lives of your patients!

Terry is a hero but her success need a start: BalanceWear vest! Together they made impossible things a reality!

Anna- That is my belief. BalanceWear gave her a new starting point! She had to work with it to do her best and achieve. Achieve she did.

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