Eli, below are your three exercises (see picture and videos below)

  1. Nustep for 5 minutes/day. This is a great exercise to start getting more movement in your joints. Even when you are moving around during the day, your joints tend remain very stiff. This machine will help to start normalizing the motion of your joints. Be sure to stretch into your full range of motion and not just work in mid-range.

  2. Weight Shifting in Standing at Transfer Pole x5

  3. Counter Top Reaching Stretch repeat 10x - remember to go all the way back in the chair after reaching. Be controlled and dont fall back into the chair.

If you have any questions, please feel free to text me, call, or use the discussion board below.

Things to remember:

  1. Spasticity is a difficult condition to manage. We are going to take a multi-modal approach which includes finding the right combination of medication and activity to help get you to a higher level of function. I can help coordinate with the Dr. Larson as to the efficacy of the medication and how you are progressing.

  2. Walking is a long-term goal. Short-term goals prior to that are:

    1. getting feet on and off the foot plate independetly

    2. bending over and managing the foot plate easily

    3. transfers including sit<>stand, chair<>bed, chair<>Nustep

    4. standing weight shifting

    5. Anything else? I don’t want this to be a one way street with me telling you what your goals should be. These are just goals to get us started.

  3. The activities that we do together, ideally, should be done everyday. They will include a combination of stretching, strengthening, weightbearing/standing, and functional movements. I will never give you anything that is not supported by research.

  4. New Functional Goals updated on 2/8/29 with a completion goal of 2/15/19

    1. Sit and Reach Test: Increase reach from 57cm to 67cm (marked with tape) - keep knees at edge of table for consistency

    2. Increase speed of sit to/from stand at transfer pole from 26 seconds to 20 seconds

    3. Watch the video I emailed you on managing spasticity

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