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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Therapy: Words of Wisdom

This past week at therapy, Bob enjoyed a 45 minute, deep-tissue neck massage with a massage therapist...

At his regular session, they continue to work on "small movements" that need to be developed before plunging into standing and walking. These include learning to scoot forward in the chair:

and leaning back into the wheelchair to "open the neural pathways" through his chest, abdomen and butt.

Some other words of wisdom from this new stroke rehab therapist:

1. When trying to move a muscle -- DO NOT look at it! Instead look away, and VISUALIZE the movement flowing smoothly in your imagination. This will help the brain make a better "reconnection" to that muscle.

2. To move the foot, tap the muscles (with your fingers) on top of the thigh. To move the hand, tap the muscles in the bicep and forearm.

3. The body follows the eyes! So look up! Not down. When you look down, all your muscles slump downward. When you look up, you open the energy flow between brain and body. Keep your eyes on the horizon.

4. It all starts with the butt. Once you wake up your butt, everything else will follow and wake up! So squeeze those butt cheeks and do it throughout the day, as often as you can.


Jenn said...

:) Then we all shoud do butt boogies!!! This therapy sounds refreshing, encouraging, and like "all things are possible". So glad you both found them!!! : )

Anonymous said...

I love it. So positive sounding and when you think about it, it does make sense. I do believe there'll be some very positive results in the future.

Hugs & prayers, Dan

J.L. Murphey said...

The butt controls all.

Barb Polan said...

What wonderful therapy. I'm going to stop looking at my hand. That approach worked for me recently in water therapy: trying to do the backstroke, I decided to throw my hand up over my head, imagining it following the correct path, and I almost whacked my therapist in the face. It was the best swimming stroke I've ever taken. Go for it!

Mike Furr said...

Squeezing those Butt cheeks together is something I practice on occasion but I normally think of it as a cardio workout because typically I'm also walking very fast with many very short steps in a cold sweat, headed to a defined location in a amount of time that never seems to be doable! :)


Don Wood said...

I am sitting here halfway accross the world doing Butt Clenches THANKS. Hope you are OK and in the Christmas Spirit Love to you Both XXX Don.