Current PT Exercises
I have been doing the same exercises in PT for a while now. Exercises standing at the bar. Some exercises sitting with resistance bands on my legs. Riding the recumbent bike, and throwing and catching a ball. I have been doing these things at home as well as the vision exercises prescribed by the neuro-ophthalmologist.
I’m a PT once a week. For insurance purposes as well as for the fact that I can do more in one session now. So pushing in my sessions is helping me with improving my tolerance to my symptoms.
I’m at the PT office with my therapist once a week. I try my very hardest to do my exercises every day at home, I also try to do yoga every day. Most of the time I succeed at getting everything done!
The Latest And Greatest
Today, I stood with one arm holding onto a treadmill on one side, with the other arm holding my walker( as well as my PT supporting me) and I worked on stepping up and down a step five times.
Since my vision is not good. I end up having to drag my foot along the front of the step to see where it is, then I tentatively step up. Then do the same thing for the other foot.
I have no strategy at all for stepping back down off of the step. At least I haven’t figured it out in just doing it for the first time today. Since I could use my foot to find the step and then carefully feel with the other one and then step up with that one, up wasn’t too bad.
The Scary Part About Up
The scary part about up is holding onto something on my sides instead of in front of me, made me feel like I was going to fall forwards. I’m so used to having the walker in front of me that holding onto something on the sides was a shock to the system.
Once I was up on the step, I felt shaky, my body was definitely in self-preservation mode saying “what the hell do you think you are doing?” I didn’t stay standing on the step particularly long. Just long enough to focus on how I was going to step back and down/
The Scary Part About Down
The scary part about down is that it is a hell of a lot harder to feel your way off a step with the back of your foot than it is to use the front of your foot to judge the step up.
It is also a bad feeling, stepping back and down. Even though I was being held onto by my therapist, back and down still made my body feel lost in space and brought on a bit of vertigo. Luckily, vertigo did not stick with me after doing my five times up and down the step.
It Always Gets Harder Before It Gets Easier!
In true TBI fashion, just when things are starting to feel easier and more doable without aggravating symptoms, it’s time to make things harder. It is the only way to train our brain to talk to our body the way it should and not allow our brain to restrict what we are able to do by going into self-preservation mode.
This Is The First New Addition In A While!
The step up and down is the first new addition to my PT regime, in a while. Progressing is just as scary and frustrating as not progressing! It is what it is when you are living the TBI life. All you can do is keep on keepin’ on!