Tag: Health Promotion
It’s 7:30 a.m. at Magee Riverfront’s Wellness Center and Delano Turnipseed has already broken a sweat on a very unique type of exercise equipment: a seated elliptical machine designed specifically for individuals with leg paralysis. To look at his trim but muscular frame, you would never guess that he once considered himself 60 pounds overweight. A large weight-loss goal like this is typically an uphill battle for a wheelchair user with paraplegia but was no match for Turnipseed’s discipline.
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A fitness fanatic confined to a wheelchair “wanted to inspire people with disabilities”
A FORMER City worker from Cobham confined to a wheelchair after a car accident almost 10 years ago has become one of the county’s first disabled fitness instructors.
John Parfitt, 33, who lives in Between Streets, worked at Bloomberg for a decade before leaving his job in 2009 to follow his passion for sport.
Having sustained a spinal cord injury nine years ago, Mr Parfitt, a fitness fanatic, had hoped for a place in Great Britain’s wheelchair rugby squad.
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Here’s hope for those suffering from spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders- researchers have found a way to make injured nerve cells regenerate.
A team led by Melissa Rolls, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has found that a mutation in a single gene can entirely shut down the process by which axons- parts of the nerve cell that send signals to other cells – regrow themselves after being cut or damaged.
“We are hopeful this discovery will open the door to new research related to spinal-cord and other neurological disorders in humans,” said Rolls, according to the journal Cell.
My dad fell in church the other day. He said it happened as he was going down the steps. He felt a shooting pain in his back shortly before and there was nowhere to sit. As he walked down the step his leg gave out, he collapsed. Other church members hurried over to catch him. He suffers from Sciatica and some arthritis. He turned 80 last July. Aging can bring about some of this. I think he’s becoming addicted to these cortisone shots. He’s had several and always seems to think that is the cure. Once the medication wears off, the pain comes back. I was talking to him about the importance of exercise and moving around. I notice he doesn’t move around as much. Naturally, when we don’t move our body weakens.
I kept thinking, if it’s that hard for my dad to move without having paralysis. Imagine how much harder it is for the paralyzed? Well, I can imagine, because I have been.
medwireNews: Results from a pilot study suggest that a moderate amount of exercise may result in enhanced immunity in paraplegic athletes.
As individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) are known to be susceptible to recurrent infections, such as those of the respiratory tract, skin, and urinary tract, regular exercise may help minimize infection risks in this group of people, suggest the researchers.
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Who: Heidi Schindler, 27, Gervais; 5 feet 6 inches, 145 pounds.
Backstory: Schindler, a lifelong athlete, suffered a spinal cord injury in January while snowboarding. Her injury is at T9, which means she has full use of her upper body. She grew up playing team sports, swimming, running, a little of everything. “I’m very active,” she says, “so it’s not the lifestyle for me, to be stuck in a wheelchair. All I can do is try, and I’m always trying.”
NCPAD presents “Exercise Program for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries: Paraplegia”.