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Martial Arts for Wheelers

Martial Arts for Wheelers

With benefits like improved self-esteem and confidence, studying martial arts is appealing to more and more wheelchair users.

Project Walk Diaries: And Then It Was Gone

Project Walk Diaries: And Then It Was Gone

If you’ve been following my blog series the Project Walk Diaries, you know I’ve been fortunate to be part of Project Walk‘s Ambassador Program at the new Minneapolis location; an opportunity this old rusty quad has been head over wheels about (sorry couldn’t help it, ha). I have been able to go once a week […]

Project Walk Diaries: Is That Below Injury Movement?

Project Walk Diaries: Is That Below Injury Movement?

When you do enough activity-based therapy, you hope something spectacular will happen — you’ll slowly see some below injury movement, or maybe regain some sensation. While doctors say this is rubbish, many people claim otherwise. I never expected much. When I first started attending Project Walk a few months ago, I definitely didn’t expect anything […]

4 Tips from “Disability Gym Workout”

4 Tips from “Disability Gym Workout”

There is a great new video showing how to get a good workout at any gym in any city regardless of your wheelchair or disability. The 16-minute-long video, “Disability Gym Workout” is produced by the Active Hands Company, maker of the grip-aids for quadriplegics, and it’s narrated by Rob Smith, a fellow wheelchair-user. Here are […]

The Project Walk Diaries — Old Frustrations Arise

The Project Walk Diaries — Old Frustrations Arise

Since I’ve been paralyzed for such a long time, I sometimes wonder if I’ve forgotten how to move my legs and maybe that’s what my problem is. This is the kind of crazy stuff that people who are paralyzed for a long time will think about. “Maybe I just need to try a bit harder,” […]

The Project Walk Diaries — It Feels So Good

The Project Walk Diaries — It Feels So Good

This week I went for my second hands-on experience at Project Walk and my first official appointment. No more assessments, this was the real deal, a standard two hour appointment. After my assessment last week, they told me to check my skin to make sure I didn’t injure it in any way. Good thing they […]

The Project Walk Diaries — My First Workout

The Project Walk Diaries — My First Workout

Most of the time I absolutely don’t feel like working out. But on my first official “workout day” at Project Walk, I couldn’t wait to get started. I had attended one of their open houses the week before and signed up for a three-hour assessment. I arrived the morning of my assessment with my yoga […]

Sled Hockey Team Gets Ice Time

Sled Hockey Team Gets Ice Time

Sometimes good comes out of bad. Just ask the sled hockey team that plays at the Depew Ice Pavilion, located right outside Buffalo, N.Y. That rink recently was retrofitted to make it accessible for the disabled hockey athletes, but it’s where the money came from to pay for the accommodations that’s unusual. The former treasurer […]

21 Years Post-Injury, Finally Checking Out Project Walk

21 Years Post-Injury, Finally Checking Out Project Walk

As a quadriplegic who’s very used to being paralyzed, I never really had a fervent desire to go to a place like Project Walk. However an opportunity has come about for me to finally try one of these “paralysis recovery centers.” Project Walk, one of the first to administer this type of therapy, just opened […]

16 Exercises for Quads

16 Exercises for Quads

The following 16 exercises and more can be found at PhysioTherapy Exercises for people with injuries and disabilities. Even though most of the illustrations depict a para, these exercises are designed to help quads strengthen their arms and shoulders with the assistance of a physical therapist. 1. Elbow extensor strengthening with pulleys Therapist’s aim: To […]