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    photo of me standing, what would you work on?

    My wife helped me stand yesterday and took this picture. I felt good but nervous. But standing like this, what would be some good things to work on? Thank you

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    Try to alter position of upper body weight, you head. Rotate side-to-side or lean head side-to-side. This will alter position of body weight from vertical centerline of body keeping you balanced. Another thing, try doing it with eyes closed. From picture, it appears your eyes are sending a lo of information to brain to do this. That probably creates the scared sensation. I have done what you are doing and yes scared to death. Still may take some "guts" to try with eyes closed.

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    Also, it looks like your hips are just slightly flexed. Can you get your hips more into extension than this?? If not, you may be a little tight in your hips from sitting all the time. Spend some time prone (laying on your stomach) to stretch and avoid a flexion contracture. It only takes 10 degrees of flexion contracture to prevent ambulation (walking).


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    If you build up your upper body more it will give you more confidence when you stand up.

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    Hi guys,
    these are all great ideas that I think will help me! When your talking about being on your feet and balancing, when I'm not standing, is there anything that I could do in my chair and in bed that will benefit me when I do stand, and also when I do sit? Thank you again guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by abacoian View Post
    Hi guys,
    these are all great ideas that I think will help me! When your talking about being on your feet and balancing, when I'm not standing, is there anything that I could do in my chair and in bed that will benefit me when I do stand, and also when I do sit? Thank you again guys
    KLD said to lie on your stomach. My question to you is are you safe standing? Should you have a lanyard or something? And I gotta tell you, you look good to me, I can't get that straight in my standing frame. Contraction started really quick for me.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    put your feet even, if your hips are really tight i think uneven feet will make hips uneven. Head back and up , your shoulders are practically out over your toes. But good starting place to work from.. I built my own standing frame and stand and do squats everyday, if you can stand, which you are, maybe you can do the same. if your interested, ill post pictures to see how i built it.

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    Number 1 thing to do is get a full length mirror so you can actually see how you are standing. The brain plays funny jokes on us. While we may think our form and function is right on, a mirror will tell us the truth.

    I would work more on keeping the head up and squeezing between the shoulder blades. This would make you stand straighter, with shoulders back.

    A f/l mirror would really help with you posture. It's all about form and function. When the body is in good form, the function is maximized

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    Two mirrors would be best, one on the side and one in front. Agree with what everyone else has said re: shoulders/head back, hips pulled through..

    Eric Harness, CSCS
    Neuro Ex, Inc
    Adaptive Performance and Neuro Recovery

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    If you want to work on your upper body and core strength, try some of these exercises with a spotter. It looks like your bar is nice and sturdy, you could even drill a few more hoes for different heights.

    As a C2, some of these will definitely be beyond you. I'm just throwing them in here in case someone else is being helped by your thread.

    If you don't feel that your hand grip is secure enough, use a hand hook brace to make sure you don't slip.

    I don't know your abilities, so don't try any of these that will make you unsteady. If possible, talk to your PT first. These are simply modifications of some fairly standard exercises.

    Pull ups, both hands facing in and hands facing out. Ideal height for the bar is 1"-3" below the full extension of your arms from a seated position. Make sure you have a backrest and a sturdy chair. Do not do anything that causes pain, only go for a mild stretch.

    Modified push ups. Stand fully upright with your hands at shoulder with and your elbows even with the back of your shoulder blades. Using your arms, pull in and push out. Try not to let gravity do the work. As this becomes easier, move your feet backwards so your feet are at a slight incline. Best to have a nice thick cushion just in front of your feet just in case you need to drop to your knees.

    Torso twists. Stand with your back braced agains one of the posts and a spotter just less than arms length at a 45˚ angle off your left side. Using a rubber resistance band tied to the other post, hold your arms fully extended to your sides with the band in your right hand. Twist from the waist to your left. Do not twist past 90˚, past the point of balance, or past the point of pain. Switch posts and setup and do it reversed with the band in your left hand.

    Modified sit up. With the bar at hip height, bend forwards over the bar and then straiten. hold onto the bar for security, but use your core muscles not your arms. Your spotter should be in front of you facing you. You may to be touching the bar, or you may find it more comfortable to be a few inches back. Do not move so far back that the bar will touch anywhere above the nipples. Use the cushion and be ready with your arms to support a push away to protect your chin or neck from hitting the bar if you collapse.

    If you have any control below the waist, you might try small dips with the bar in an overhead position and using leg muscles to lower and raise. Small dips. An inch or two. Be ready to use your arms to prevent a collapse.
    Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.

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