Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Slippery Push Rim Solution!

Written by Twinstincts

Although over the years I had maneuvered in and out of restrooms and occasionally wheeled myself around department stores and such, it hadn’t even crossed my mind to go for a “walk” with my husband and our dogs around the block.  This brought about a whole new challenge…regardless of the textured Hatch wheelchair gloves I was using, I could NOT manage to get a grip on the push rims to propel myself up the slight incline; even worse, I was unable to stop myself from racing along what I would have thought to be a minimal-for-walking-folks slope grade.  Thank goodness my husband was there to grab my wheelchair and keep it from careening down any farther and dumping me onto the pavement once it hit level ground!  

When we finally returned home, I was determined to find a reasonable solution (my husband advised against me sanding the push rims to rough them up LOL!) I was certain countless others were challenged with the following: basic push rims which looked really smooth and pretty (by manufacturer’s standards) but were not the least bit functional in real life…us wheelchair users need grip, people!  I called many local mobility supply shops and they suggested a new pair of gloves.  Ha!  I knew that would not be remotely enough and thankfully stumbled upon the RehaDesign Ultra-Grrrip Pushrim Covers.  I reached out to RehaDesign with some questions I had and was incredibly grateful for the sincerity and promptness Galina responded with.  Now those are two qualities I look for when doing business with someone but rarely find!  

These covers were just the miracle I was in search of and will absolutely be life-altering.  I haven’t even had them on for a week and am already in love!  What seems like such a simple solution is extremely difficult to come by and completely unknown in the mobility supply world here in the western United States.  I feel a sense of obligation to my fellow wheelchair-using community to get the word out…there IS indeed a reasonably priced and super simple solution to gaining the ability to safely venture out unassisted and start living life.  Freedom…we’re comin’ for ya!  Here’s to a whole new realm of possibilities we never dreamt were feasible!  I would give Galina a great big hug if I could!  Next step…spreading the excitement for and functionality of RehaDesign’s covers!  Give your wheelchair a little pizzazz like I did and purchase at!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Promise of the new research - Virtual technologies beat paralysis

Virtual reality (VR) is now playing an important role in helping paralyzed people regain their sensation and muscle control. People with spinal cord injuries, strokes and other conditions, regain strength and mobility.
Medical Center of the Duke University in North Carolina published a medical study edition of Scientific Reports, in August 11, 2016. The study involved eight people paralyzed from injuries to the spinal cord. They utilized brain-machine interfaces, which included a VR system using their brain activity. The system attempted to simulate patients' control of the legs.
Until now, it was impossible to recover certain functions in a patient after being completely paralysed for many years. After using VR technology patients regained significant sensation and muscle control. The study proved that VR could help people with spinal cord injuries, as well as strokes and other conditions, to regain strength and mobility.
The results of the study are impressing - some patients who were unable to stand up, paralysed for decades were able to walk using a walker, braces and an assisting therapist during the study. With weekly training, patients could be able to re-engage their spinal cord nerves. By the end of the study, they could move their legs voluntarily and support their body weight in a harness.

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