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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.

Chanda Hinton Leichtle

The Chanda Plan for Health

In 2005, Chanda Hinton Leichtle started The Chanda Plan Foundation, hoping to offer acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care and adaptive yoga to people with disabilities. Having experienced the benefits of these integrative therapies, her initial dream was to offer funding for those who can’t afford or lacked insurance coverage for the alternative integrative therapies. The Chanda […]

When Bob Vogel feels his energy dragging in the afternoon, he jumps on his trainer.

Handcycle Trainers for Fitness

In NEW MOBILITY’S September cover story, “E-Stim for Wellness,” Richard Holicky reported that the daily activities of the average person with SCI are not enough to maintain cardiovascular fitness, which results in high rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity, adult onset diabetes and high cholesterol among the SCI population. One of the benefits of FES is […]

E-Stim for Wellness

E-Stim for Wellness

E-stim, whether employed in FES cycling or an exciting new application of rowing exercise, offers health benefits that can improve our lives in very real ways.