Gait therapy: Markus exercises in the rehabilitation clinic Bad Zurzach

Gait therapy: Markus exercises in the rehabilitation clinic Bad Zurzach


On January 14 2016, I had a stroke. My left side was paralized. I could not move my legs and one of my arms anymore. After my stay in the acute clinic I had to relearn how to walk from scratch in Bad Zurzach. I work in IT and as a photographer. I probably would be able to work in IT again with one hand, but as a photographer I need to be able to use both of my hands as well as to walk. Photoraphy is my passion. Hence, it is very important to me that I can fully restore my motor skills. What is the exact sequence of a step I had to relearn it completely. First I walked along the wall I strengthened my leg muscles. I have run 15 marathons in my life. And thus I assumed walking is not something I would ever have a problem with. But I realized that I really needed to relearn how to walk completely. I also received automated gait training with a robotic device. I liked that I could bend my knees thanks to the body weight support and thus gain more strength. For me as a passionate runner, walking in the gait trainer however was hard at the beginning. I had to accept that the device sets the pace and stride length. But the walking motion feels very natural In my eyes, it corresponds with the natural gait pattern. I always felt safe in the device, I was never afraid of falling, on the one hand because there was always a therapist close by, on the other hand I realized that the device is designed in a way that nothing can happen. Now, after about 6 weeks at the rehab center, I can walk independently around the clinic. Without aids or assistance. This is a wonderful step back into my independence. My goal is to go on a hike at the end of this summer. Outside, in nature, on somewhat harder terrain. I don’t know if this is realistic, but I will do anything I can to get there. My long-term goal is to run another marathon in 2017.

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