Saturday, February 26, 2011

Muscle Stimulation and Pad Placement

       Over time my routine got longer as I added new muscles groups and began using my TENS machine which helped my paralyzed muscles firm up and made me aware of when I using them. Just the fact that I could feel myself contract my stomach muscles and flex my buttocks muscles again was positively thrilling. Although, what seemed to me like big contraction could really only be seen or felt by others as a small movement but that’s still okay I was actually using paralyzed muscled ON MY OWN!!!
I kept adding muscles groups to my nightly meditation/ exercise program as well. I would start with my feet and toes as described in my previous post except I added my feet where I visualized myself holding them up straight and tall, bending forward toward my knee, then I alternated flexing and relaxing several times my calves, upward to my hamstrings, my thighs(inner, outer, and quads), my lower buttocks,(I do this one while trying to lift my knees off the bed), my upper buttocks and back, my tummy, my chest, my neck and finally my hands and fingers. Don’t be upset if you fall asleep before you’ve finished them all. You can do the rest when you wake up. Or if you’re like me, you may wake in the middle of the night; do them then to help you fall back to sleep.   
After doing some more research into muscle stimulation I found the advice I needed from the Care Cure Community which just so happens to be a GREAT forum for the newly injured SCI/SCD victims. There is a direct link on the right of my blog that will take to right to website designed just for those of us with spinal cord injuries and diseases and the people who care for them. This forum saved my life when I was newly injured I had so many questions and concerns. Not only are there thousands of members with whom to discuss your problems, questions and concerns, but there is also a renowned doctor who specializes in SCI/SCD’s and a SCI/SCD’s nurse specialist on cal l anytime  to post questions to. Well, I posted my question and the doctor told me if I was using a muscle stimulator to build muscle then the TENS (transubcutaneous nerve stimulation) was NOT the right machine for what I was using it for.
Every morning we could my attendant and I would use the TENS unit on two major muscles groups of my body, my abdominals or my buttocks. It was exhilarating to watch my tummy jump and contract while the TENS pads were in place. The more movement I saw the higher I asked my attendant Kristi, Mary, or Sharlene to turn up the settings. Finally, I found a website that had TENS settings for various outcomes then I began using those. I definitely felt a difference in muscles after using the TENS unit for about a week. I could swear that I could suck in my tummy just like I did before I got hurt and I knew I could flex my buttocks because Kristi could feel it and see it!
However, after learning that I wasn’t exactly using the right unit for muscle building Eric sent away for the NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation). The doctor on C.C. said it was better for building muscles than the TENS. But because of a shipping error where I didn’t receive my original order for over two months I ended up with two of the NMES units which is fine by me! So now I use all three units every time I stim (stimulate my muscles) and can work entire muscle groups or maybe even two groups at once and the results are phenomenal!                                                                                         



  1. I am also a member of CC, and I read to your post which led me to your blog. You have a touching story, and your purpose to help others is inspiring. I am only 4 mo post L1burst fracture. I do not feel sexual at all and have a gentelman companion who has been very patient, we have not tried anything yet. I am in so much pain yet I cn't imagine pleasure, does that make any scense?
    Your pictures are beautiful and I can tell you are a very sexy lady and you have alot of self confidence. I still have so much swelling from my surgery, and I am numb fron under left armpit all the way down to left side, stomach area, and to pubic site. Only half numb which drives me crazy right now. If you have any suggestions you can pm me or send me an email.
    Jeanne JEAPOW

  2. Lori, You are awesome. I read all your posts and I think you are fantastic. You are a special person with a lot of gifts and I bet you help a lot of people. Sorry to hear that it seems your man treats you like crap... at least half the time anyway. You deserve better. I truely hope things shape up for you and I will keep tabs on your story! I always seem to have trouble posting on this website. It's probably just me or my computer. Just let it be known that you are an inspiration to people you had no idea even exist. (:


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