“You must stimulate your lower body or you will not regain function/use of it”

This statement is true. The human body functions as a cohesive unit, not as individual parts. With the nervous system orchestrating multiple complex tasks, one of its primary roles is to maintain a stable upright posture in response to gravity. When you engage the postural skeletal muscles against gravity, you activate the nervous system, creating a demand for maintaining posture. The leg muscles, being long and strong, are the easiest to stimulate initially. As these leg muscles regain strength, they prompt the pelvic muscles to aid in stabilisation. This, in turn, stimulates the abdominal and lower back muscles to further support stability.

Without incorporating load bearing and closed chain exercises with developmental movement patterns into your regimen, achieving significant improvement becomes challenging.

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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.