I have a client had has neurological impairment on her left side from the removal of a brain tumor. She was paralyzed right after surgery but with physical therapy she regained feeling and mobility but she still has issues with the left side, her left side just can’t always keep up with the right and there are just some things she can’t do. I focus on exercises that don’t isolate one side. For example, we don’t do lunges we do squats instead but I’m also trying to work on balance with her.
Right now, my biggest challenge is that she wants to run a 5k at the end of May. She’s not so much out of shape, just limited by the neurological impairment. We just started a few days ago. She can’t seem to run more than 2 minutes at a time so right now I’m having her do 2 minutes on, 2 off. I’ve been out of town so I haven’t been with her yet to be there while she’s running. Might be better when I’m there to encourage her to go a little longer but I’m wondering if part of it is the treadmill. I know some people with balance issues can run outside but can’t run on the treadmill. I know this is more than just a balance issue. I’ve never worked with anyone like this so I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks in advance for your help.