I just started with a client who is a paraplegic from the waist down. She is 23 years old and was in a car accident about two years ago. She has 100 percent strength and use in her left hand and only about 60 percent in her right hand. She has problems with grip and control in her right. She has good range of motion in her shoulder and back. She likes to swim. She is unable to distinguish between her right and left, and her fine motor skills also need work. She cannot suck her belly button in and activate her inner unit. What can I do in terms of core strength?
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, it is hard for us to give you definitive answers. Neurological injuries often take a long time to heal. And the degree of recovery is extremely variable on a case-to-case basis. The best advice is to look in your community resources for her physician. Their medical group should be able to recommend a local physical or occupational therapist better suited to assist you and your client's endeavors. It sounds like your client is quite able, and training programs should be focused on her abilities rather than deficiencies. Best of luck, and enjoy the challenge. Your client will greatly appreciate all of your hard work and time dedicated to providing the best suited training program.