I have a lovely young lady client who suffered a tragic spinal cord injury some 10 years ago. She is mobile but has some serious mobility and ROM limits such as foot drop, some paralysis on of her left side although she is still mobile; upper extremity tremors on the other side of her body, just to name a few. As you can imagine, putting together a program for her has been challenging but she’s been pretty engaged until recently. We’ve been working together for a few months now and recently expressed that she has become bored with the circuits we’ve done and told me that she really wants to ‘sweat’. Problem is that she has such limited stability and mobility ROM, there are many exercises she is just not capable of doing. We’ve done tons lots of work with the stability ball, medicine balls and free weights, even some suspension training. I’ve researched rehab programs and tried to select exercises that keep her moving while activating her proprioception to help with her balance and ROM. I only have 30 minutes with her 2x a week – would love some suggestions if anyone can provide! Thank you!
It’s awesome that you are working with this client. Even though she might be complaining about being bored, I’m sure the progress that she has made with you is a significant one. It’s hard to give you any suggestions since you are the one who knows her better than any of us, but if I were in your shoes I would seek the advise from a physical therapist who works with cases like your client’s. Then you can put a plan together that would challenge her. The PT might have some suggestions which you haven’t thought about them yet. This might not be the answer you are looking for, but it might worth a try.