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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 […]

Exercises for Quads

Exercises for Quads

It isn’t easy finding ways to exercise when you’re a quad. Here are some fitness tips for those with limited arm function.

Poor Seating May Cause Quad Gut

Poor Seating May Cause Quad Gut

When most of us become quadriplegics, we eventually see one thing happen — our paralyzed muscles begin to deteriorate, and that includes the muscles in our abdomen. This is when the “quad gut” rears its ugly head — one of the most unattractive aspects of having a cervical spine injury. What our bodies are doing […]

Rifton-TRAM

The Rifton TRAM

The days where standing frames were a paralyzed person’s only option for getting vertical are long gone. You can’t turn on the television or surf the net nowadays without seeing someone using or hyping an exoskeleton or taking part in standing gait training. But what if there was something in-between, something that combined elements of […]

Kefty — The Ultimate Wheelchair Workout Gadget

Kefty — The Ultimate Wheelchair Workout Gadget

Trying to get a decent workout in a wheelchair has never been the easiest. Devices exist, but they’re either too expensive or only usable by people with specific abilities. Personally, I’ve never been able to afford any of the good ones, like the thousands of dollars Vitaglide, or the wheelchair universal home gym that can […]

Alarming New CDC Study on Lack of Exercise

Alarming New CDC Study on Lack of Exercise

An alarming new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control finds that nearly half of adults with disabilities get no exercise and this significantly increases their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. “The bottom line is that physical activity is a wonder drug,“ says Dr. Ileana Arias, CDC’s principal deputy director. “Too […]

Laughter Yoga for a Healthier You

Laughter Yoga for a Healthier You

Countless times I’ve been urged to take an adaptive yoga class to reduce stress and, hopefully, be healthier. But meditation and yoga poses never interested me until I heard about Laughter Yoga at the recent Abilities Expo at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Laughter Yoga, really? Beth Bongar, who calls herself the Laughing […]

Criptaedo: The Self-Defense Revolution

Criptaedo: The Self-Defense Revolution

Have you heard of Criptaedo? It’s a style of karate created by Paul Brailer as a way to teach self-defense to others with disabilities. It’s the name of his YouTube channel, where he posts clips teaching his moves. And, as of 2014, it’s also the name of a new nonprofit dedicated to teaching self-defense to […]

Even many older bowling alleys are accessible now.

Three Fun Ways To Stay Fit

What’s the secret to staying fit in a wheelchair? Making it fun. Here are three activities — bowling, ping pong and Zumba — that are more fun than work.