Giving thanks for one revolution on the bike
As an environmental health engineer Karen was required to walk up and down hills in the mines. She was ready to get back in action. She needed to get rid of the walker, get back behind the wheel, and get out of the house on her own.
A combination of manual and soft tissue techniques, muscle strengthening exercises and passive range of motion activities were used. Issues with balance and gait also had to be addressed.
Generally that road to recovery is one milestone at a time. For Karen, it was one full revolution on the recumbent bike.
“My initial visit was in early November, and my first goal was to make one revolution on the bike by Thanksgiving,” she said. “I knew that if I could do that one thing that seems so simple, then I would be well on my way to getting my life back. I had total confidence in Kim in helping me achieve that milestone. She really understands the body, knows how to help set goals, and appropriately pushes you to reach those goals.
Just like clockwork, the pedal on the bike made one full circle, just before Thanksgiving. Everyone in the clinic celebrated her success with by applauding.
“It was just amazing,” she said. “As soon as I made that one revolution, I knew everything would be okay. The encouragement along the way from everyone really helped motivate me. Physical therapy is not fun for sure, but you certainly wouldn’t know it when you go to Progressive. It’s a great atmosphere with lots of camaraderie, which is extremely helpful.”