“Foot brace program”
As you might know (after reading my book “Stroke Rebel”), I “lost” my brace, one year post stroke, mainly though walking barefoot. I pretended to be a cave woman that had to walk in order to survive (also see my TEDx talk). Balance is the thing. I figured if I walk without a brace, and stick, if my brain wants me to survive (the brain's main task is: staying alive, finding food and reproducing) then my brain has to pay extra attention when I am prone to falling.
Basically, if there is a danger to your survival, neuroplasticity kicks in.
Why am I telling you all this?
We are going to use exactly these principles in the “lose my brace” program! (don’t worry, we’ll do this in a safe way).
I can’t wait to start! Together with our specially trained physical therapists we will guide you.
What we are going to use:
-A path of different textured stones and sand.
-EMS (low current stimulation) on one side of the body to strengthen your hamstrings, glutes, back, quads and your calves)
-You can make or buy specially constructed weighted socks from us (20 euros goes to my 90 year old mother, she makes them (-: ), and 10 euros for the weights). You will use them as often as you can: going for a long drive with your partner? No problem, you can exercise your foot in the car, for example.