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    i go to the YMCA once per week. it does wonders for me, it is amazing the amount of movement you can get.

    today i went water skiing, anyone else done that?

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    chopperchick, i'm so glad you brought up the pool and the book, overcoming paralysis. Made me get my act together to hunt down a pool. Will be beginning my pool therapy next week 50 minutes away.
    Can't wait!!!

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    Awesome to hear dennis, i'm sure the trip will be well worth it.

    Starting tomarrow im going to be doing pool therapy 5 days per week instead of 2 times a week then land therapy 3 times a week. But at home still do all my other stuff.

    I found land therapy not even worth it to me at this point. I can get much more wide range of motion that works all my muscles rather than just isolating one on a leg press/leg extension. I am still going to do these of course.

    Does that book give you exercises you can do or is it a story about how pool therapy helped him recover?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis
    chopperchick, i'm so glad you brought up the pool and the book, overcoming paralysis. Made me get my act together to hunt down a pool. Will be beginning my pool therapy next week 50 minutes away.
    Can't wait!!!
    Dennis/J -- I hope it helps you a lot. I go to the Easter Seals pool here in San Jose 2 hours a day, 6 days a week. I think it's amazing.

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    Cory, the book actually gives land and pool exercises and also a schedule should you shoose to follow it. There are also a couple of small success stories. It also talks about nutrition, meditation. Buy it Cory, someone like you would get full use of it.

    Dennis, I am glad I suggested it!! Mike has just started getting into the pool and I just bought a streans life jacket and boogie board.. Cory, do you have to have a real strong core to be in alone? I don't mean totally alone but, Mike just kinda bobs forward and backward and I have to basically hold him. His core is getting there but not 100%. He likes to practice balance by sitting on the edge of our mat table and eating.

    Dan, dumb question, but it Easter Seals free? Don;t they offer PT too?

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    Chopperchick,

    I do go in alone, my mom doesn't even stay anymore (the old people freaked her out lol). I just put the life jacket on and i swim (with my arms) to the deep end. In the deep end I constantly do exercises, not stopping to take a break much becuase I get super cold. I put a ankle weight on my good leg to add extra resistance in the water.

    I'm actually going to go buy the book right now! thank you for the advice!

    I have gained a ton of core strength ever since I started going to the pool. Swimming upright just using my arms actually really kicks in my abs. He should try that if he feels safe enough in the deep end with a life jacket. He can stay upright but still use his arms to paddle himself forwardf and backward.

    If he finds himself not being able to stay upright with the life jacket on, try 2 noodles, 1 infront of him, 1 in the back of him, so it make a ring around him. That way he will have no choice but to stay upright. When i was c7 with no return this worked for me becuase i was worried about falling forward.
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    Hey Mr Coffee, i know somewhere in one of these forums you mention a type of lifejacket that doesn't move over the head. I forgot where you posted that info. Could you let me know?

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    i dunno...

    I float as well as I ever did, SCI or no. But i was a college swimmer....I dunno
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    What is really odd is that I ordered this book when this thread came out a few weeks ago. I think I paid like $20 or so. Anyway, I mentioned it to my acupressure guy, and so I gave him my copy thinking I'd reorder another one. This one ended up like $30.

    I went to Amazon to order another copy and I guess it's out of print or something because, used, it's between $39 and $115.80 per copy.

    Wow. Popular book.

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