When first visiting Project Walk Dallas, in August of this year, I already had around 6 years of various physical therapies and exercise programs. It is certain that a lot of people worked hard to get me to the point where, with assistance, I could stand into a platform walker and shuffle a few hundred feet. Unfortunately, when I asked why I could not seem to move beyond this point the answer was nearly always, “it’s SCI, who knows?” At Project Walk Dallas there is an explanation of which muscles are tight, which are weak, and a plan to correct those issues; there is no scapegoating the SCI. I am already, noticeably, standing taller and straighter; I am not nearly as tight in my lower back as before and am doing exercises that no one else dared suggest. Knowing what is wrong with me, then having a plan to correct it, has lifted the previous uncertainty. The people and equipment of Project Walk Dallas allow, or in some cases force, me to do things that stretch the tight muscles and/or strengthen the weak. This is a genuine, systematic plan to reach my goal of standing and walking, unassisted; and for this I am tremendously grateful to all involved.
-Herb Sendecki, T1-2
I started going to project walk Dallas around two months ago. I had an idea of what the program would be like, but it wasn't until I was fully involved that I realized how beneficial the program would be. First of all the trainers are top-notch. Their knowledge and abilities in handling spinal cord injuries is tremendous. I have total confidence that I am in safe hands as well as with knowledgeable professionals that plan and prepare a rehab and exercise program specifically for me. I love the work outs because the staff is very friendly and the work out is rigorous and pushes me mentally and physically. The outcome of these workouts is phenomenal. I immediately feel better and have more coordination and strength. Functionally, I feel like I am improving. The equipment is new, clean and ideal for training and development for spinal cord injuries. The techniques used by the trainers may seem unusual but they are ideal in building mental and physical coordination and strength. Although there are no certainties as to how someone with a spinal cord injury will improve, but I feel that Project Walk Dallas is as good as it gets for improvement. I Highly recommend Project Walk Dallas.
-Stephen Mackintosh, C4
Shortly after coming to Project Walk, I regained control of my back muscles. This was HUGE for me. Also, my strength and stamina has increased tremendously, and I'm beginning to get a light signal to my legs through assisted crawling and the Total Gym.
-Aaron Logan, C7
What I love most about Project Walk Dallas is the fact that each session is tailored to my individual needs, rather than other programs where I just go through a set routine. The trainers are willing to give each of us the personal attention we need and customize our workouts daily -- it is so rewarding.
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