I’ve been spending the last few months working with Joan, who has been in a wheelchair for a long time. The goal has been to help her stand and re-learn how to walk. And that is the important bit…she needs to relearn how to walk. How do you teach someone how to walk? Is it just a case of “put one foot in front of the other?” At first, I thought it was as simple as that. But I now know, if you do that you will fall over. There is a hell of lot more to it than just that. Just some of the things you need to do include:
Over the last year or so, I have worked with a few people who are, for various reasons, been confined to a wheelchair. Each person has their own specific training needs, but a common factor between them (and a lot of the general population also) is a need to strengthen their “core” body muscles (the girdle of muscles that stabilise and support the spine and body).
For any human being, sitting for prolonged periods of time can weaken these muscles. And with weaker stabilisers:
Someone just showed me this UTube video…