How long should I wait before I start my recovery?

The sooner you start your recovery journey, the better. Once you have transitioned from the ICU to rehabilitation, are in good health, and have obtained clearance from your doctor, it’s time to begin. Every day, month, or year spent in a wheelchair without stimulating your nervous system makes it progressively harder to regain function. Think of your body in the early stages of injury like freshly poured concrete, it’s malleable. But as time passes, it sets, and reshaping it becomes increasingly challenging. We’ve witnessed athletes with incomplete injuries struggling with tone and spasm because they didn’t receive early stimulation. Sadly, they are not alone. Many people experience signs of improvement, like wiggling toes or regaining sensation, but are often told these are insignificant. In reality, they are crucial. It means everything. Your future hinges on nervous system stimulation for improvement. So, educate yourself, set your goals, and do everything in your power to regain function. This not only leads to physical and mental improvements but also enhances your overall quality of life.

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At The Next Step Recovery and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, our mission is to provide tailored programs and services for athletes recovering from spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions. Our Athlete Scholarship Program secures generous funding for athletes without financial support.