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  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

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Spinal cord injury as a critical life event
The occurrence of a spinal cord injury, whether caused by an accident, illness or medical intervention, is unforeseeable and usually happens very quickly. It is like a turning point in life and nothing seems the same afterwards. Many things that used to be familiar, safe and controllable are no longer that way. The fact that your body or parts of your body feel numb or can no longer be felt and / or moved at all can mean that in addition to the physical and somatic challenges, you are also...
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Individual and everyday diet
The objective of a healthy diet is not only to ensure you get the nutrients you need, but also to provide delicious food that you enjoy eating and that improves the quality of your life. During the different rehabilitation and life phases of a person with a spinal cord injury, it is important to avoid a poor diet and the complications that this leads to. As dietary requirements are individual and may vary over the course of rehabilitation, food intake must also be adapted according to the...
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Rediscovering sexuality
Sexuality is a fundamental human need – the source of life, sensuality, pleasure and passion. A spinal cord injury almost always affects the sexual functions. It interferes massively in the personal, intimate and social life of you and your partner. Altered body awareness can often influence your self-esteem, your psyche and your identity as a man or woman. Burgdörfer and Kock describe the stages of sexual rehabilitation as follows: Phase of insecurity / repression Phase of...
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Changes of sexual function in men
Erectile dysfunction Men with spinal cord injury (SCI) may experience erection problems, also known as “erectile dysfunction”. This is the case if it becomes permanently impossible to have an erection that lasts long enough to have sexual intercourse. It depends on the level of SCI and whether it is a complete or incomplete SCI. In general, however, the higher the level of SCI, the greater the likelihood of men being able to have a complete reflexogenic erection and maintain it. Men with...
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Changes of sexual function in women
Lubrication (vaginal lubrication) Lubrication is a lubricating fluid that is secreted by glands during sexual arousal. Lubrication occurs during the peak period of sexual arousal and facilitates penetration. Depending on the level of paralysis, women with spinal cord injury (SCI) might show fewer or no physical signs of sexual arousal. However, this does not mean that they are not aroused. Psychogenic lubrication Attractiveness and charisma of the partner are effective psychological...
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Sexual life and spinal cord injury
Libido – the desire for sex Libido is the desire for and pleasure of sex. In men, it depends on a certain amount of the sexual hormone testosterone and in women, the hormone oxytocin plays an important role. Libido is triggered through the senses, e. g. through touching, pictures, taste, smell or music. People with spinal cord injury may have as much desire as people without SCI since the above-mentioned senses (excluding touch) are hardly influenced. Depression or medication against...
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Being a mother or father as a wheelchair user
Women with a spinal cord injury are just as capable of having a child of their own as able-bodied women. Men’s fertility is frequently impaired by a spinal cord injury. As described in the previous chapters, there are still medical possibilities to help you realise your wish to have a child. Therefore, from a medical perspective, there is nothing to say that you cannot become a mother or a father. However, there are a few obstacles. Financial hurdle If a couple decide to have children, they...
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Wheelchair sport
Sweating, giving it your all, exercising outdoors and enjoying nature, scoring a point with the team, celebrating, training, learning new movements, waiting attentively for the starting pistol, forgetting the time as you are doing laps … Whether you have paraplegia or tetraplegia, you can do sports in your wheelchair, and there are a variety of types of sports and options available. Being confined to a wheelchair does not preclude you from sports or athletic activities. Doing regular exercise...
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Yoga
Awareness of the body, regulating effects on spasticity, free and deeper breathing, feeling well and an increased fitness: These are only a few aspects of the feedback with regard to positive effects that yoga can have for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Enough reasons for us, to have a closer look at this ancient tradition. Originally, yoga is an Indian (also Tibetan) philosophical tradition and means “connect" or “unite". This signifies the connection between our individual human...
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Hippotherapy
Hippotherapy is a recognized treatment of physiotherapy that uses a small horse. During hippotherapy the rhythmical three-dimensional movements of the horse are transferred on the patient and can thus be used therapeutically without the patient actively influencing the horse. Even the transfer itself – mounting and dismounting the horse – forms an essential part of the treatment. Transfer from the horse into the wheelchair Mode of action The movements of the back of the horse have above...
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Strengths and resources
A person can be described in different ways. In psychology different models, theories and classifications exist. For example, “the big five model” describes a person’s personality according to how open (curious, creative and adventurous), how conscientious (self-disciplined and dutiful), how agreeable (friendly, generous and helpful), how extravert (interacting with people, enthusiastic, action-oriented) and how neurotic (being emotionally reactive and vulnerable to stress) the individual...
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Well-being and adjustment to spinal cord injury
A spinal cord injury (SCI) has severe consequences for the persons affected. The inability to control certain movements, restrictions in daily living or work, the loss of independence or the inability to participate in certain societal activities with friends, an insecurity regarding the future, one's personal role and expectations towards oneself are just a few examples emphasizing the huge challenges people with SCI might face. Considering all these challenges, one would expect that the...
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Social skills increase quality of life
Today strawberry yogurt is on Anna’s* grocery list. In front of the dairy section she notices that she cannot reach the yogurt sitting in a wheelchair. Many stressed people are rushing through the crowded store during rush hour and she does not dare to ask for help. Daniel* is just about to put his wheelchair into the car when a colleague from work comes by and wants to help him to pack it in the trunk. Daniel is annoyed about the help he did not ask for and also shows it, until his colleague...

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Social skills increase quality of life
Today strawberry yogurt is on Anna’s* grocery list. In front of the dairy section she notices that she cannot reach the yogurt sitting in a...
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Yoga
Awareness of the body, regulating effects on spasticity, free and deeper breathing, feeling well and an increased fitness: These are only a few...
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Changes of sexual function in women
Lubrication (vaginal lubrication) Lubrication is a lubricating fluid that is secreted by glands during sexual arousal. Lubrication occurs during...
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Breathing is the most normal thing in the world for us. We hardly think about it, even though we breathe in and out about 20,000 times per day. We breathe more when we are active and exerting ourselves, and we breathe less when we are...
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What are contractures and how do they develop? Contractures are shortenings of muscles, tendons or ligaments that have a limiting effect on the movements of the joints. The normal ability to move a joint is lost. Contractures are frequently...
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In some cases, support is needed for cleaning the nasopharyngeal space and keeping it free from secretion. For this purpose, suctioning is performed through the nose and, if necessary, the mouth. This is particularly necessary if the nose cannot be...

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