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Home Exercises for Spinal Cord Injury: Thumb Palmar Abduction

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Exercise is essential after a spinal cord injury. Lack of physical activity leads to poor fitness, weight gain, diabetes and increased risk of heart disease. On average over 60% of individuals with a spinal cord injury are obese. After sustaining a spinal cord injury, individuals are more likely to lead a sedentary lifestyle due to limited exercise options and change in mobility. Pushing a wheelchair is not enough exercise to maintain health.

Shepherd Center is committed to promoting lifelong wellness beyond rehabilitation. The exercise resources on this website are intended to empower individuals with spinal cord injuries to perform basic exercises to promote overall health and wellness. This content is intended for those who are currently receiving or have previously undergone training from a licensed therapist and is meant to serve only as a guide. The information provided is not meant to replace the advice or recommendations from a healthcare professional. Please be sure to consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Visit myshepherdconnection.org/sci/home-exercises for more resources.

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