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Hope comes to Tampa as Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Center Opens

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Romulo “Romy” and Gabriela Camargo’s dreams came true earlier this month with the opening of the Stay In Step Recovery Center. The organization offers world class rehabilitation and collaboration for spinal cord injured veterans and civilians in the Tampa community and surrounding areas.

The Camargo’s journey to founding Stay In Step began nearly seven years ago when Camargo was in the Special Forces touring Afghanistan.  He and his fellow soldiers were ambushed on September 16, 2008 and Camargo was hit by a bullet in the back of the neck resulting in paralysis from the neck down.  Despite a difficult battle to live and temporarily needing a ventilator to breathe, Camargo pushed through and defied doctors’ expectations.

Returning home after a long haul in an in-patient hospital, Camargo was unstoppable. In a recent interview with TBO, he stated, “So when I left, the first day I came to the house I was like, ‘Whoa.’ And then I realized, it’s a new day. Let’s get up and do something.”

Since then, Camargo hasn’t let his injury slow him down. He raises money for multiple charities and delivers inspirational speeches around the country; all while maintaining a grueling physical therapy schedule five days a week.

For years, Camargo had to travel to Project Walk in Orlando for specialized activity based exercise therapy. However, thanks to the recent donation from Toyota Motor North America, the Camargo’s were able to launch Stay In Step in Tampa – greatly reducing their time spent driving.  The Stay In Step Recovery Center has also received generous donations from the James A. Haley VA Medical Center and the University of South Florida.

Stay in Step will aim to provide functional electrical stimulation (FES) and activity based exercise training to help get SCI clients out of the wheelchair environment and up moving. According to Dr. John Merritt, retired chief of the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the James A Haley VA Medical Center, high-activity therapy such as this helps prevent disease and secondary medical complications. Merritt will be acting as Chief Medical Adviser for Stay In Step.

Gabriela Camargo has dedicated herself to the well-being of her husband. She understands first-hand how a seemingly simple trip to therapy and back can be a challenge for other caregivers. So, in order to provide a safe and comfortable place for the families of people affected by a spinal cord injury, Stay In Step has a family room available that includes computers with internet access, resting space and even a state-of-the-art massage chair. Their is also a kid’s room with arts and craft tables and video game consoles. The clinic wants to bring hope to families like the Camargos in pursuit of its vision  to offer SCI survivors and others facing paralysis a real possibility for taking steps toward recovery.

Sources:

TBO Online: Tampa Spinal Cord Injury Center Comes to Life

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Pain Management Through Hypnosis

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Chronic pain is a significant problem for spinal cord injury (SCI) patients that can play a huge factor in a person’s quality of life. Although there are hundreds of medications and therapies out there for pain management, relief is usually followed with a line of side effects. This article explores the concept of an alternative medicine: Hypnosis- the method of reaching healing powers within your subconscious mind. And no, we’re not talking about a sideshow act where the hypnotist is trying to get a good laugh out of the audience.

This form of hypnosis focuses on the connection of the body and mind and is known to increase feelings of well-being, reduce anxiety, help with sleep, and control over body pain. Pain is usually categorized into two categories – acute and chronic pain. Acute pain is the sensation that takes place before we begin healing, where your body tells you something is wrong. Chronic pain is what remains after the healing process has begun and continues for months or years after.

Long term discomfort is proven to be significantly more difficult to heal through hypnosis because there are many factors and complications that can greatly affect a patient’s mental receptiveness. This includes but is not limited to physiological stress, pain source, resentment to their condition, deactivation, and guarding. Some spinal cord injury patients may expect hypnosis to essentially cure them of the pain when, in truth, hypnosis makes it more manageable. The focus is more energy and willingness to participate in exercise and physical therapy. It also is shown to improve sleep and avoid disruptions due to pain. These things increase a patient’s quality of life.

Hypnosis has proven to work significantly for acute pain scenarios. For example, burn patients have been hypnotized in the emergency room to feel a cooling sensation on the burned area. A study done by Ewin (1978) stated that patients experienced more comfort and faster wound healing with this approach. This alternative form of treatment can also be used to ease muscle tension which is highly associated with pain.  With hypnotherapy, the patient is aroused into physical relaxation such as “floating” or “lightness” to relax the muscles.

During hypnosis, mental clarity and positivity can be used to change one’s subconscious and, in effect, prevent pain receptors from registering in the brain. Hypnosis turns off this conscious part of the brain to kick start into alpha brain waves, allowing the mind to become more attentive and open to changing the signals sent to the body. Essentially, this form of treatment changes the way patients perceive pain messages and are able to decrease activity in the part of the brain that experiences pain intensity.  Those who undergo this form of treatment train the active part of the brain to modify how they allow pain to make them feel.

Hypnotherapy has begun to be widely used throughout the medical industry. According to the International Journal of Clinical and experimental Hypnosis, this treatment has been known not only help chronic pain in SCI patients but also assist in the treatment of mental disorders, addiction, burn victims, and so much more.

With its increasing popularity, more doctors and clinics are exploring hypnotherapy as a new method to attack pain. The great thing about hypnosis is that it can be used alongside your prescribed medications or solo. In a time of expensive medical bills, it’s nice to explore a treatment that can reduce your cost of pain management.  If this form of treatment is something you’re interested in, talk to your doctor about discovering this alternative option.

 

Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain, Elkins et al.

Profile of Perpetual-cognitive Traits and Personality Style of Possible Relevance to Creative Productivity, Ewing et al.

Trance and treatment: clinical uses of hypnosis, Speigal et al.

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Push Nation April 2016 Festival

Welcome to Push Nation’s website GRAND OPENING! We are incredibly overwhelmed to be live, and here with all of you! This event is a vision we’ve all had in our minds for a few years now, so to finally bring it to life and be able to speak and say hello, we’re here to change everything you think about the paralysis community– is EPIC.

 

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Welcome!

Welcome to Push Nation’s website GRAND OPENING! We are incredibly overwhelmed to be live, and here with all of you! This event is a vision we’ve all had in our minds for a few years now, so to finally bring it to life and be able to speak and say hello, we’re here to change everything you think about the paralysis community– is EPIC.

 

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Push Nation Fest Launch!

Welcome to Push Nation’s website GRAND OPENING! We are incredibly overwhelmed to be live, and here with all of you! This event is a vision we’ve all had in our minds for a few years now, so to finally bring it to life and be able to speak and say hello, we’re here to change everything you think about the paralysis community– is EPIC.

 

 

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