Personal trainer for physically disabilied
I just found this site and wondered if I could get some help. I am a brain cancer survivor and have gained multiple disabilities from all sorts of treatment. I have a good number of cognitive mental disabilities, but that wouldn't really matter very much for working out/getting fit, would it? My concern is that I do have a few physical disabilities. My largest problem is with my balance. I do not need a cane or walker anymore, but I still have a lot of issues. For example: I can't go up or down stairs without a railing or the like, it is difficult for me to carry liquid in a cup without spilling it, I can't stand on one foot for more than a couple seconds, and I constantly have to correct myself when my balance decides to act up. Those are just some examples. My other problems are weak muscles and slightly weaker bones. I believe I would need a personal trainer that understands disabilities and has experience in dealing with them. Is there someway I could find a list of those kind of trainers in my area? My own searching is not turning up much. I live in the state of Georgia and could provide more information if necessary.
Thank you very much in advance,
Congratulations to you and your doctors. I am glad you ask us; yes, there are personal trainers who should be able to help you, such as: medical exercise specialist, health coach, orthopedic specialist, therapeutic exercise, functional training, corrective exercise specialist, for examples.
There is no reason you can't work with a trainer; just be sure to find someone you are comfortable around and lets you progress at your own rate. Make sure to get clearance from your doctors and let them know what you plan to do in case there are any restrictions you need to follow.
Correcting your balance is actually working your stabilizers; so, you should not feel too discouraged. Standing on one foot for a few seconds is better than zero and walking without a cane or walker is a huge improvement, also. Keep up the good work and great attitude.
Try looking for trainers in your area with the FitnessConnect:
If you still do not find someone, ask your doctors and physical therapists if they know of trainers who may help you.
I would be so happy to help you; but, I am not in your area. Please be sure to listen to your body closely, do not push too hard so you progress instead of regress.
Congratulations, again, best of health to you,
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
congratulations on the progress you have already made.
Given your challenges, finding a trainer can be difficult. Most trainer certifications allow training for the "apparently healthy", and you appear to be in the zone between physical therapy and personal training.
As Natalie mentioned, you can look here at IDEA FitnessConnect but I suspect you have already done that. Not every trainer, though, is represented here. You can also check organizations such as ACE (American Council on Exercise), ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) or ISSA (International Sports Science Association) and ask whether they have trainers in your area. Some of them have even a trainer directory as part of their website.
Some physical therapists also provide personal training. However, if they do so 'on the side', they have to carry liability insurance as personal trainers.
I wish you good luck finding a trainer.