One of the most time saving skills I learned is riding the escalator. I hardly ever take the elevator, if an escalator is available.
In this case the elevator was actually out of order (pointing to it). When riding the escalator upwards, it is important to hold on to both side rails with your arms and lean forward. Your wheel should be positioned so that it fits neatly in a step (touching edge of upper step and standing firmly on a step). When reaching the top, there is a small height difference where the steps roll under the ground. Be sure to hold on to the sides a bit and push your wheelchairs front wheels over it while learning a bit backwards.
When riding down an escalator, the position is the same as going up an elevator. You thus have to enter the escalator backwards. Here the tricky part is when you reach the bottom, where the steps vanish under the floor. Again there is a height difference. When reaching this point, lean all the way forward with your upper body and push your back wheels over the edge using your hands on the siderails.
Be sure to leave some space between you and the person in front of you when riding an escalator. They might be slow when disembarking an escalator which could lead to serious accidents. Same counts for you. Don't block the way for the next rider.
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A good way to start practicing going down stairs is to find yourself a short flight of stairs (1-2) steps and then gradually increasing the amount of steps.
Be aware that the inclination of stairs varies and that not all wheelchairs are similar. With a wheelchair with 24" wheels, you will be able to do steeper stairs than with a wheelchair with 26" wheels.
Pay attention to drop from each step very carefully and slowly and to immediately pull back into the step, the moment you went over the edge. This prevents you from rolling too far forward and immediately taking the next step, which would cause you to loose control and could become dangerous.
Practice at the beginning with someone who stands behind you and holds your handlebars for safety and someone I. Front of you, who holds the front of the wheelchair. With time you can then reduce the support.
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A common complaint I hear in my practice is that my client has a bulging, thinning, or degenerative lumbar disc. This can cause lower back pain, especially focalized near the spine. Compression of the spine is often the culprit. The spine becomes compressed to create stability for the lumbopelvic area when the muscles in that region become neurologically under active. These include the abs, lumbar multifidi, an other muscles that attach to the lumbar spine. In NKT we determine that lumbar compression is in fact compensating for these under active muscles, and then decompress the lumbar spine and activate the affected muscles. Homework includes spinal decompression followed by core activation. #nkt#neurokinetictherapy#back#spine
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The lumbar multifidi atrophy faster than any other muscles in the body (as shown by studies). Why do they do this? Lack of use! People who sit all day long are subject to this. Lack of function in the lumbar multifidi can lead to disc problems. NKT instructor Dr Kathy Dooley, who also teaches cadaver anatomy, has noted that every cadaver with a history of lower back pain also had fatty like lumbar multifidi. This lack of support from the multifidi can also result in hamstring and glute issues, neck pain, and abdominal pain. An NKT practitioner can determine what the compensation patterns are so that you can released the overworking muscles first before activating the multifidi. #nkt#neurokinetictherapy#back#spine