When you’re dealing with a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), it is serious and potentially deadly. The cervical spinal cord, which consists of C1-C7 vertebrae at the top end of the spinal column in your neck, also contains the C1-C8 spinal nerves. These types of SCIs are the most severe and can affect one or both sides of your body.
I believe there is an inherent bias against spinal cord injury research. It seems like most of the general public (and some scientists), in their heart of hearts, don’t think it’s possible. Or, they love the idea of it, but deep down they don’t think a cure will happen. Paralysis is permanent, don’t ya know? They’d love to see a cure/treatment come to pass, but they just think it’s out of the running.
There are so many strong individuals I've encountered who are paralyzed. Being paralyzed definitely brings out the strength within you. There are certain people, however, that have have stood out from the rest. These are individuals whom I've met in-person, through my job as a writer or through various sites online that make you go, “Ok, I heart you. Wow!”
Sitting for several hours a day is unhealthy for able-bodied individuals. Imagine how unhealthy it is for people in wheelchairs to be seated for 12 hours a day.
This week, Mason Ellis stresses the fact that all spinal cord injuries are different. Sometimes, it is easy for doctors to get into a routine and may recommend similiar practices to help with your injury and recovery.
No one ever said marriage was easy, but after a spinal cord injury things are definitely tested in this age-old partnership. Couples have been known to falter when a spinal cord injury occurs, but this is not always so.
Welcome to the very first article that exists on how to give massage from a wheelchair! I'm not kidding. Google it and you'll see what I mean. There are thousands of articles on “how to give a massage to a wheelchair-user,” but none instructing wheelchair-users how to reciprocate that fabulous massage. Shame world, shame.
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Using a wheelchair is by far one of the hardest things to get used to in our ableist society, especially when it comes to feeling attractive. This depends on who you are; for example, if you have a family member with a disability, you may see someone with a disability as attractive. But many people in our society won't even look at you when you use a wheelchair.
It's human nature to doubt one's self-esteem on a perfect day, even in a perfect body. When someone has a spinal cord injury, the self-doubt that happens is quite profound. This is especially true if you don't know anything about the world of spinal cord injuries beforehand.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) can be life-altering events. After major damage to the brain or spinal cord, there are many adjustments to make. However, making these adjustments can be incredibly difficult when you’re also trying to keep up with a court case.
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