Daily Archives: February 27, 2007
Your Spinal Cord is important because without a spinal cord your brain and your body couldn’t communicate with each other.
The spinal cord is the pathway for impulses from the body to the brain, and from the brain to the body. These impulses are different signals our brain sends and receives from our bodies.
The effects of Spinal Cord Injury depend on the type of injury and the level of the injury. SCI can be divided into two types of injury – complete and incomplete.
David Albright will not miss the Chicken McNuggets. Or the 400-mile round trip. He will not miss the motel bills or memorizing the graffiti on overpasses along the way.
Now that a special bike for people with spinal cord injuries has arrived at a Virginia Beach facility, he also won’t have to miss his workout.
Albright said he lost the use of his legs during back surgery in August 2004. Last May, he started working out on an Ergys 2 bike – the same one that Christopher Reeve used after the actor’s horse-riding accident and that his family donated after his death. The bike uses electrical impulses to stimulate the muscles to pedal.
A small group of dedicated competitors are aiming to achieve more than just completing this weekend’s Ironman at Taupo.
They will be completing a fundraising mission that has seem them raise over $26,000 to purchase a piece of equipment for New Zealanders disabled by spinal cord injury – many through sports such as rugby, horse-riding, cycling or skiing.
The Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bicycle the Ironmen are looking to purchase was originally designed for Superman Christopher Reeves after he was paralysed in a horse-riding accident.
This bike ‘automates’ cycle movement with the aim of restoring movement for the patients.
Site by John E. Smith, the father of aquadriplegic. Includes excerpts frominterviews with young men and womenwith SCIs, commentary written by thesite’s creator, links, and photographs.
John is also an advocate for the spinal cord injured community and, by extension, forthose living with any neuro-degenerative condition leading to paralysis.