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Posted 15 June 2013 - 09:53 AM
I'm looking for some suggestions on balance exercises. I do have Brown Sequard with weakness on my left side but I'm not quite at the 1 year mark and I am determined to regain my balance and gait to the very best that I can. I am able to get around pretty good in my house with no aid but the walls keep me upright most days.
Does anyone have a particular balance or lower body strengthing exercise that they would recommend that worked for you? One of my biggest fears is that in a couple of years I will look back and wish that I had done more during these first crucial years to assist in my rehab. So...I'm sending out to the ones who have been there or are just getting there for your help.
Any suggestions will be welcomed and appreciated!
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
― Henry Ford
Posted 15 June 2013 - 02:53 PM
Unstable resistance training. If you can stand or walk around without holding on to anything well enough, you could try using a slosh bar. It is essentially a PVC pipe filled halfway-2/3 of the way with water. Since the water will constantly move around, your body constantly has to work to correct itself and stay balanced. You can make one yourself from supplies you can get at home depot. I made an explanatory video...
The one I made in the video is massive, much bigger and more unstable than anything I'd recommend someone with serious balance issues using. I made this vid when I was still an athlete in training and training athletes myself. You can make them in any size you like though. At the facility where I work now (which is just for people with SCIs and paralysis) we have one that is 1.5" in diameter and a little less than three feet long. It weighs around 5 pounds. Our clients mostly use it for seated balance or sometimes balance work in a standing frame. It has proven to be a pretty tough thing to exercise with and has made a few clients hate me
Anyway, as I said, if you can be in an environment where you can stand or walk around safely, maybe with a person or two spotting you, you could try making yourself one and doing something as simple as standing in place with it, and go from there. Then you could try standing with it in more "dynamic" positions like SU31 said. I hope this helps!
Posted 15 June 2013 - 03:34 PM
I have a much higher level injury but here is a link to my YouTube page which offers some balancing techniques that were shown to me by my therapists. Maybe something could help. Good luck!
Posted 17 June 2013 - 02:22 AM
I think I'll start with the smaller one