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FES Bike RT300 – 12 channel 

FES RT300 bike

Living with a disability comes with its restraints as I found out, but this does not mean that you have to stop living. It also does not mean that you should not exercise because exercise, using the correct equipment can have huge benefits to both your mental and physical well-being. Hence I bought myself the FES RT300 bike.

For me, it has been an excellent piece of equipment that has improved my health and well-being. I went from being an active person to someone who found myself in a wheelchair around the clock. However, I was determined to get on with my life and that continue to look after myself and so, I purchase the FES RT300 Bike. It has been a real game-changer for me and I would recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in the same position as me.

Living with a disability means that you have to manage the way in which you look after yourself, because you are limited to what you can do, but with a piece of equipment such as the FES RT300 Bike it can make a world of difference as I have found out myself. I use the bike to train my legs and abdominal muscles because, in my case, working these regularly can enhance my well-being and so, it is important that you understand the benefits.

The Benefits

Just because you live with a disability does not mean that you should neglect the body and this is where this bike comes into its own. It comes with a huge number of benefits and that makes using the bike worthwhile.

It makes it possible to take part in moderate or strenuous activity, thus allowing you to maintain an on-going level. In general this helps to improve your general health but it also gives you the ability to take control over when you use it, making it a flexible piece of equipment.

Sitting in a wheelchair, chair or laying in a bed can severely inhibit your range of motion but the FES RT300 bike can help you to maximise your range of motions. This helps to reverse muscle atrophy, improve muscle spasms and help to improve circulation. There is every possibility that you might have been told that doing these things is not possible when in reality, there is nothing stopping you.

Purchasing it and using one

This is a very expensive piece of kit if you purchase it new like I did. I purchased mine from Cyclone Mobility.com where they helped me to make an informed decision while explaining the benefits of using the equipment. However, if the cost of this is out of your reach then do not give up because there are a number of gyms where it can be used such as the Aspire Gym in Stanmore, North London. This means that it is accessible to all but even if you have to travel some distance to use it, it is well worth it.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, I would definitely recommend it. It is without a doubt a piece of equipment that can completely overhaul your well-being in many different ways. If you head to a gym to use it, it can help you to meet new people but from a health perspective, it gets you moving, prevents muscle loss and can improve your overall fitness and circulation.

Please email me at info@disability.blog to ask any questions or further discuss any other mobility aid / care products you would like to see on my website disabilitychat.blog

Thank you & kind regards

My Dubai trip – Part 1 Preparation

disabled traveller

Since I became paralysed from the chest down following an accident earlier this year, I have not left the UK. I am wheelchair bound and so, my life is restricted in some ways and of course, deciding to go abroad requires an element of prior preparation but I decided that it was time to look at travelling and so, I made the decision to begin my preparation by contacting a number of airlines to find out more about how they can assist me as a disabled traveller.

There were a number of reasons for the call, the first was to put my mind at ease and the second was to actually find out what they do to ensure my safety. I phoned a number of airlines – British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and TUI (previously known as Thomson Airways) and posed a couple of questions to them as I needed to be sure before I went ahead and parted with my cash.

The first question I had was “What happens to travellers with disabilities during an emergency aircraft evacuation?”.

The second question “Is there a personalised ‘on board’ safety briefing for those passengers who have a disability as I assume that cabin crews are required to provide this to any person who is unable to evacuate the aircraft unassisted?”

Now, many people may think that these seem like questions that are never asked but they should be and there is a reason why I asked them, however, the response to the first question was not what I expected. The only airline to respond was British Airways and they explained that should I be unable to reach an emergency exit unaided, I would be required to travel with a safety assistant. The safety assistant would then be given the job of ensuring I can vacate the aircraft safely and quickly in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Again, the second question was only answered by British Airways. They explained the safety brief is the same for everyone on the plane. However, if there was anything that required further explaining, then the cabin crew are more than happy to talk through it. It was re-assuring to know that they were willing to go through the safety brief with me.

Following on from my questions and after having only one response, I decide to book my flight with British Airways. Knowing that I was flying with an airline that at least responded and explained how I can travel as a disabled traveller eased my concerns by a considerable amount.

With the holiday preparation out of the way and tickets booked safe in the knowledge that I knew how to remain safe when flying should there be an emergency evacuation, I made my way to Heathrow Airport and the flight taking me to Dubai. I felt that this was an important part of the journey and had to find out the answers to my questions as a disabled traveller.

To find out more check out Part 2 – My Experience at Heathrow Airport and the Flight to Dubai.

Please email me at info@disability.blog to share any experiences (good/bad) or to discuss or suggest any topic you would like to see on my website disabilitychat.blog

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My Jay Easy Contour Gel Cushion

Jay Easy Cushion

For anyone who spends the majority of their time in a wheelchair, you will instantly know the importance of remaining as comfortable as possible. There are many different accessories available out there that have been designed to make life as simple and as normal as possible for those of us who have to use a wheelchair. Hence I write about the my experience and opinion of the Jay Easy Cushion.

Sitting in the same position for many hours can lead to a number of problems and reducing the risk of those problems can be achieved by using the right accessories such as the Jay Easy Cushion. Since I have been using it, I have found that it makes a real difference to my well being and that is why I believe it is a product that is well worth investing in.

With this in mind, what are the benefits?

First and foremost, it enables me to sit comfortably and that helps my posture. For me, this is very important because remaining in the same position day in day out can have an impact, if I do not deal with it. The Jay Easy Cushion also helps me to keep my knees together which enables me to sit correctly and it prevents my legs and knees from moving apart. The gel, for me was the best choice but it does not mean that it is the best choice for everyone, because the foam cushion is also just as good. The gel cushion moulds around my body and can be moved should I need to – for me, it seems to be more flexible and durable and that works well for me. As it moulds around the body, it means that it provides that extra level of control and comfort and that is worth every penny. Also important to me is the way in which it helps to ease pressure on the skin and joints. Pressure on the skin can lead to sores, while the pressure on joints and muscles can lead to additional problems, yet this cushion eliminates or at least reduces these risks. Due to the make-up of the cushion, it needs to be durable and it is exactly that. It consists of high quality materials, which gives me the confidence that I will be able to rely on the cushion for some time. It is also made of material that is easy to clean and that for me is important from a hygiene perspective. Finally, I like the way in which the gel can be kneaded so that it is evenly spread. This ensures that it remains in good condition but also enables me to benefit from an even shape.

Where to purchase it?

I purchased the cushion from Better Mobility. Their service and experience enabled me to make an informed decision. However, it can also be purchased from other mobility & care products suppliers like, Gerald-Simonds, Active Mobility, etc. This kind of cushion is something that you have to take seriously and so, you cannot make a decision on a whim. Talking to the experts enabled me to find the right cushion for my needs.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely. It has been a great addition to my life and has enhanced it in ways that I could not believe. Therefore, this is a cushion that I would recommend for many reasons.

Please email me at info@disability.blog to ask any questions or further discuss any other mobility aid / care products you would like to see on my website disabilitychat.blog

Thank you & kind regard

Living and dealing with neuropathic pain – how you can learn to deal with it

neuropathic pain

If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in damage to the nerves that link the brain and spinal cord, you will know exactly what living and dealing with neuropathic pain is all about. The nerves bring together the skin, the muscles and other areas of the body and all of that information is transferred through the spinal cord and to the brain.

Neuropathic pain can be felt in the way of a burning sensation and those areas of the body that are affected are sensitive when touched. However, the symptoms can also related to unbearable pain, difficulty in detecting temperatures, numbness and pins and needs. It can even go as far as being unable to wear certain clothing because of the pain and pressure they can cause.

Neuropathic pain is commonly cause by nerve damage or pressure on the nerve following some kind of trauma, surgery and many other illnesses or conditions and even medication. The pain can often be so distressing for those who experiencing it but often the cause can be unidentifiable.

As the pain can often be unbearable and difficult to tolerate, how do you treat it?

The whole idea behind treating neuropathic pain is to manage the pain as much as possible and to reduce the side effects of the treatment that is being used. Therefore, it is common for individuals suffering with neuropathic pain to use a pain clinic where they are assessed and then given the correct plan and treatment that will help them to deal with their pain.

Of course, the difficulty here is the fact that everyone is different and that will have to be taken into consideration so that the right treatment plan can be tailored to your needs. There are a wide range of treatment options available which means that it can take an element of trial and error before the best treatment is found. These treatments can vary and can include the use of anti-epileptics, antidepressants, opioids, capsicum cream, lidocaine patch, injections and nerve block, nerve stimulation and acupuncture.

However, there are other types of treatment available that can be used that some may find relief and benefit from. These treatments can be used alongside conventional treatments to help ease the pain. The therapies that can also be used are meditation, reflexology, aromatherapy and homeopathy. However, individuals can also make a change to the way in which they live their lives in order to help manage the pain. Changing their diet so that it is rich in vitamins and minerals and well-balanced can work well while gentle exercise after a consultation with your doctor can also help. If you smoke and drink then quitting both can also make it easier to manage the pain.

Neuropathic pain is something that many have to deal with but the right treatment can be hard to find. Therefore, it is important to work closely with your GP and your consultant to find the right treatment. However, introducing alternative therapies and treatments can also help ease the symptoms.

Please email me at info@disability.blog to share any experiences or to discuss or suggest any topic you would like to see on my website disabilitychat.blog

Thank you & kind regards

The Benefits of Using a Standing Frame as a Paraplegic

Standing Frame

The benefits of using a standing frame as a paraplegic is a very important and one that can improve lives in a number of ways.

Improved Bone Density and Reduced Risk of Fractures

Using a standing frame can help to improve bone density and reduce the risk of fractures but to do this, it is important to get the right load on the bones and get the muscles working.

Muscle Chains Lengthen and Retractions are Prevented

Due to the lack of movement and the inability to stand independently, there is a risk of muscle shortening contracture which flexes the hip or both the hip and knee. It can help to improve articulation and reduce spasticity.

Enhanced Respirator Function

Breathing in involves the muscles working to separate the chest cavity from the abdomen which is also known as the diaphragm. The muscle shortens to inhale air and when the air is exhaled, the muscle lengthens. When standing, the diaphragm is afforded more space and so it can shorten and lengthen more which improves breathing.

Cardio- circulatory Function Improved

Being in an upright position helps the body to supply oxygen to the blood while also helping the body to pump oxygenated blood around the body more efficiently. It can also help to improve blood pressure, heartrate and reduce swelling of the lower limbs.

Improvement to bowel function, digestion and bladder

Gravity itself aids digestion and the muscles of the stomach while being upright helps the bowel to function more efficiently while bladder pressure is also reduced significantly.

The Formation of the Hip Joint

Using a standing frame can help to prevent dislocation and subluxation of the hip and so, the integrity of the hip is maintained.

Reduction in Skin Damage

Sitting for long periods of time can cause pressures while the ischial tuberosities can be put under unusual pressures which can result in damaged skin. When in an upright position, the blood that has more oxygen, can reach the tissue to help repair and strengthen the skin.

 

Improved attention, sleep-wake rhythm and well-being

There are many psychological benefits that come with standing. Individuals feel more alert and have a better quality of sleep, which means reduced fatigue and improved well-being. Alongside this, there is optimisation of the sensory motor, comfort as well as attention.

It Can help aid Daily Activities

There are many physiological benefits that come with using a frame and they all work together. Many of these benefits can help to improve stimulation and the way in which daily activities are carried out. There are things such as personal hygiene that are improved through standing and the way in which the upper limbs are positions also means that hand and eye co-ordination are improved which can only help to benefit daily activities.

A standing frame has a wide range of benefits. Incorporating one into daily life can enhance the well-being of an individual and ensure that they help the body to deal with the stresses on the body that come from sitting in a wheelchair.

Please email me at info@disability.blog to share any experiences or to discuss or suggest any topic you would like to see on my website disabilitychat.blog

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