PSA, FTC: please consult with your medical team before using this advice.
Our network of care providers treats the whole person. For those with CP to be able to keep up with activities of daily living, we have a wide array of people working with us to obtain a successful adult life. Here is my breakdown as an example.
To start: I am fortunate to have a supportive family.
Orthopaedics: Everything I do I run by my orthopaedic surgeon. So, we email, and text a lot before I try some physical activity in order to prevent further damage since my body is often in spastic rigor. Shoutout to Basset Medical Center, Dr Joesph P. Dutkosky.
Chiropractor – Most people with CP have somewhere in their body that hurts. I need to see a chiropractor to take the pressure out of my lower back and hip flexors. After a fall or a long time in or on a transportation, and often sleep lands me in Back in Motion Chiropractics with Dr Keith Cavayero.
Personal Trainer- I see a personal trainer every Monday afternoon. Mike uses things like TRX bands to use my own gravitational resistance as a form of exercise. As well as self-propelled treadmills so I can walk at my own speed, reduce hip hike, gait problems and increase overall endurance. The gym has hand weights in a beanbag because of the dexterity issues I face the grippers allow me to move the weight the way my hands can hold them. Thank you, VENT STUDIO.
Zumba – sign up with your local YMCA. Even if you have to take Zumba Gold at first with the elderly. The slower class will allow you to recover and adapt the workout to your needs. The program is great for those who love to dance and want the satisfaction of a 50 min cardio workout.
Yoga – Most states have a disability program with affiliated instructors that are trained in areas such as Trauma, like my instructor Laura. This means the class will be more fit to your needs. Whether clients choose to be one on one like I do or take group classes. This is a no judgement zone where the focus is healing your body, in positions that feel good, to allow a safe stretch strengthening your muscles. Personally, having a strong core will help back related issues. Besides the activity being a low impact choice, you will soon learn how the systems of your body are connected.
NYCB Access Program – Through partnerships with local organizations, medical centers and special education schools, NYCB provides programs for children and adults with disabilities, their peers, and their families. Programs currently include movement workshops led by NYCB dancers and teaching artists, opportunities to attend NYCB performances, and artist visits to medical and educational facilities.