I use the up n free easy walker to practice walking. It has a bicycle seat and waist strap to keep me pretty secure. Benefit, I can practice walking through the house for over an hour without a spotter. The bicycle seat surely isn't promoting natural walking but it is allowing me to practice safely. I have been thinking of going back to trying a regular walker, I see it being beneficial promoting more natural movement of my legs, but no safety net. This week I went to a small park with a track and practiced with the up n free. The track is not level like walking inside and the up n free turns easily to the left or right so not easy to control and must still be spotted for safety. I focus on distance, but wondering if I should just focus on taking a few steps and more on controlling it. The up n free is great, but the bicycle seat, maybe in the big picture isn't the answer? The regular walker only has two front wheels and wouldn't be so hard to control outside, but it would feel a bit more unsecure.
The up n free has it's benefits, but if I want to walk stronger and more natural, what steps can I take to make it happen?
I look at that site from time to time. I don't have a pt so trying to figure it out the best I can. What I struggle with knowing and focusing my time and energy on is which of those many exercises should I prioritize and push for to benefit me the most. I'm trying to figure out if studying kinsiology or anatomy or something will help me with knowing how the body works and what I need to do to piece together the best training routine for myself, and hopefully others. Any thoughts? Greatly appreciate the feedback.
Hi abacoian, I get very confused and frustrated with my psysio, I'm told when I'm walking to watch my feet to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing, then she tells me to keep my head up and look ahead, haven't worked out how to do that yet, lol
Hi abacoian , I get very confused and frustrated with my psysio, I'm told when I'm walking to watch my feet to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing, then she tells me to keep my head up and look ahead, haven't worked out how to do that yet, lol
I know that one, I try to concentrate on posture and placement as much as possible, and let distance & strength build themselves as I go . . .
It seems I am always looking down at my feet to see what they are doing, but one day last week I started looking ahead and it seems my stepping is better when not looking down, it is not a easy habit to break
Yeah my physio also wants me to look straight when doing excersizes. She's trying to "normalize" the movements and have things work on its own without me focusing on it. It's a good thing, but it ain't easy!
Abacoian, It would be great if you have a rehab facility that would let you come in an train with a lokomat machine. I have seen a lot of in-completes and stroke patients improve tremendously with these machines. They have them in the north at many facilities. You might want to look into it. Wish you well.
I've tried finding a nearby facility with focus on sci, the closest is 3 hours away, which isn't terrible if I went for a day. I can't move though. I try other routes and looking to the professionals but it seems my best bet is to do what I can and try and learn and train at my house without having to think my success is dependent on a therapist or being able to use this or that because truthfully those options are very slim for me most of the time. But I can't let that stop me, I keep doing what I can and trying to figure it out. Never give up