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Pre-ride Dynamic Stretches for riders

Generally tacking up the horse will get your heart going, but these are great for stretching off the horse. All of these are less than 4 minutes, and you definitely don’t have to do all of them!

Trunk Rotation (0s): Strength in the trunk is one of the best ways to keep from collapsing the hip, especially in lateral movements, so it’s good to warm up that area :)

Arm Circles (16s): Great for warming up the shoulders and loosening up the joint to get those shoulders back

Leg Swings (41s):  Warming up the hip joint and stretching down the front of the quad, all important for your length of leg

Leg Crossovers (1m18s): Again warming up that whole hip area and also switching on the glutes in the abduction phase

Leg Side Kicks (1m53s):  Again warming up the hit joint and trying to get a bit of power involved too. They combine the actions of Closing The Gate (below) and your crossovers, but is a tad harder.

Close the Gate (2m22s): This is a hip opening exercise :)

Lunges with Trunk Rotation (2m52s): This does a bit of everything, you get some hip and quad stretch in the lowest phase of the lunge, balance practise, muscle use and warmup and then your trunk rotation too.

If I had to narrow it down to four, if you’re first starting I would go with your Trunk Rotation, Arm Circles, Leg Swings and Closing the Gate. If you’re more advanced then I would say your normal Trunk Rotation because it’s so physical, Arm Swings, Leg Side Kicks and your Lunge with Trunk Rotation. 

These all work post-exercise to distribute lactic acid and make you less sore for the next day, too!

Hope this is helpful :) 

Getting your first wheelchair (for chronic illness)

What people think it’s like: Well golly gee, I’ve just given up! There’s no point in trying anymore. I’m one step away from death and I will never walk on my own two feet again. Goodbye, cruel world. This is the end of walking. The end of happiness. I’m too young for this, but I just can’t be bothered trying anymore.

What it’s actually like: Holy shit I’m gonna go to the mall for the first time in 6 months and then I’m going to go stroll around my neighborhood like I used to! I can’t believe I didn’t leave my house for 3 weeks straight, but that’s all changing now! OMG, since I didn’t have to use all my spoons walking around the grocery store I can actually go up the stairs and sleep in my actual bed instead of the couch! Maybe I’ll apply for a full time job…

catsfeminismandatla  asked:

I have a Wiccan/Pagan (not sure which one yet) character who is in a manual wheelchair. What are some ways that rituals/circles/esbats/sabbats could be adjusted to accomadate her? Also, do you know of any resources to learn about Native traditions in Wicca/Paganism? (She's Native American - Shawnee to be exact)

First, I would like to address something I’ve been grappling with for several weeks at this point. I love that you are writing a Native American character, and that you wish to make her a witch, however, it is important not to confuse a spiritual/religious path with witchcraft as a practice, especially when it comes to indigenous traditions. I found these resources,

https://www.ohio.edu/southern/folknography/upload/Our-Grandmother.pdf

http://www.native-languages.org/shawnee.htm

 on Shawnee spirituality which I hope helps you and points you towards more resources.

Your character could follow the spirituality of the Shawnee and be a witch, but these things don’t have to intersect. If you want them to I highly suggest asking someone who is a part of Shawnee tradition about what that combination may look like if she utilizes her witchcraft with her spirituality.

Beyond that I’m not comfortable advising on Shawnee spirituality. I can answer more specific witchcraft questions.

As to her accommodating her mobility concerns, there are many things that can be done to address any potential conflicts.

  • If she is practicing witchcraft with others and they want to host ritual outside the organizers would have to consider nature access. There are many places and parks that would be available to her with ease, but the deep dark of the forest may not be an option so rituals are more likely to be held in semi-public spaces.
  • Tables, counters, or altars should be built/displayed with her reach in mind.
  • If dance or motion are a part of the practice then the choreographer needs to be mindful of finding alternative motions for her that would elicit the same energy as the other dancers.
  • If she takes any medications these need to be kept in mind if her practice involves the consumption of herbs/potions as they could interact poorly with what she already takes.
  • If she has a coven or regular group that meets in a specific space the space would need to have doorways that could accommodate her wheelchair, and access for wheelchairs like ramps/elevators/single floor layout as well as restroom access.

-Bruxa Guerreira

I also want to add that indigenous religions are by definition not pagan or Wiccan. “Paganism” is a pretty huge umbrella with a lot of religions under it, but regardless of what definition you choose to use, indigenous religions are explicitly excluded, either due to a “non-continuous” clause or one of “and members of the religion self-identify as pagans.” Wicca is a specific religion under that umbrella, with its own set of religious practices and laws beyond just “ooh witchcraft.” Native American traditions in Wiccan and paganism do not exist. 

Cultural appropriation of indigenous religions is a massive issue within pagan, Wiccan, and witchcraft circles, and while I recognize that’s not your intent here, it’s something to be aware of while writing a Native American character in these communities.

-Mod T

book-fanatic  asked:

Do moderate spinal deformities or disorders qualify a person for a service dog? My MC has a spinal disease that limits her mobility and makes it hard for her to get up or down, climb stairs, or reach for things she's dropped or set down. How would a service dog assist her with these problems if she were to have one? And could you direct me to a post, if you have one, on the process of getting a service dog that the handler doesn't actually train for themselves?

My instinct is to say yes. The legal definition of “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 is (paraphrased) “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities… include but not limited to caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working” and the requirement for a service dog is that the dog is trained in one or more tasks that directly relate to the disability.

In this case, the major tasks I see as being relevant are:

Brace & balance / brace & mobility work: The dog is trained to brace against a hard push or pressure so their handler can stand up, get into a wheelchair, or maintain their balance. The dog might also be trained to do things like drag a wheelchair, cane, or walker to their handler.

Keep in mind, for mobility work like this, both the dog and handler need to be trained. The dog needs to know how to brace in preparation for a hard push and the handler needs to learn where NOT to apply pressure on the dog’s body to prevent injury.

Picking stuff up: This one’s pretty self-evident, so I’ll include a rather adorable picture of Chance the diabetes alert chihuahua picking up a little bag with his human’s blood sugar testing gear.

I’m including this pic in part because it’s adorable (Chance is VERY proud he can pick stuff up and he enthusiastically will find this bag, keys, his leash – whatever) but in part because it demonstrates that even tiny dogs can do retrieves. When his handler isn’t sitting on a collapsed Goodwill couch that’s barely a foot off the ground, he’ll leap up into her lap to give her whatever he’s retrieving.

The obvious problem, though, is that Chance is like eight inches tall and his handler won’t always be sitting. But even when he picks stuff up off the floor and stands on his hind legs, he makes it easier for his handler to take it from him, rather than her having to bend all the way over or possibly drop to her knees to get something that’s fallen under a couch or table.

Bring stuff to their handler: Some service dogs will carry medication or medical devices (asthma inhaler, blood sugar testing kits, etc.) in their vests so their handlers have it whenever they leave the house. Other service dogs will be trained to open cupboards or even the fridge and retrieve medication or drinks (water bottles, please, and not beer!) so their handler can swallow pills.

Pushing buttons & flipping switches: Service dogs, especially tall ones, can be trained to turn lights on and off, ring doorbells, or even use emergency phones like this one.


As for organizations that provide training, I’m going to refer you to Canine Companions for Independence and Guide Dogs for the Blind as examples of reputable organizations that provide service dogs to handlers in need. (I know your character isn’t blind, but you can use GDB’s processes as another example of placement.)

Generally this requires an application, a home visit (so the organization can verify the dog will live in a safe environment), time spent on a waiting list, and time spent with trainers so the handler learns how to care for the dog, the laws and how to handle access challenges, and how to work with the dog in the real world.

(Tagging @fundaypuppy2k15 who may have more insight on this process.)

Keep in mind, there are incredibly disreputable “organizations” that are selling half-trained or even untrained so-called service dogs to people for tens of thousands of dollars. I’m not saying that every organization that charges a fee is disreputable – training a service dog can be VERY expensive – but…

And one more thing to consider: a service miniature horse might be a good candidate for this sort of work.

Sometimes you are 90 before you know it. Isn’t my walker sexy?? 🙇🏻😂♿

Legit Tip #183

or - “Writing Characters with Mobility Impairments”

There’s a lot to be considered when writing a character with any kind of disability. One of the challenging things for a writer is writing a character of impaired mobility - i.e., a character who uses a wheelchair, a walker, canes or crutches in their daily life to get around. 

Whether this character is the POV character, a side character or even just a character who appears briefly in the narrative, it’s easy to be insensitive. And that’s not the fault of most writers. It’s just the fact that most people haven’t lived with a disability like this - heck, many people haven’t been around people (especially younger people) with impaired mobility for a lengthy amount of time. 

Even for those that have, it might be difficult to figure out how to properly write these characters too, especially when so much of narration is centered on characters w/o these disabilities. 

Disclaimer: For the record, I don’t have a disability related to mobility. But I HAVE had many good friends who’ve used wheelchairs and/or crutches in their daily lives (and for a short time dated a man who used a wheelchair). I’m not saying that makes me an expert, but I hope it gives me some insight and sensitivity. 

How do they Move?

One of the first things that a writer may wonder about when writing a character with a mobility impairment is how to go about the “problem” of writing movement. I’ll urge you to remember two things. 

  1. Don’t overthink it. 
  2. But do think about it. 

What I mean by that is this. If you spend all of your time focusing on details like this and you put that into your writing, it’s going to be very obvious to the reader that you’ve done so - and that’s a problem. For example - 

Caleb wheeled his way to the front counter and stared up at the barista, clumsily digging for his wallet. “Uh, just a white chocolate mocha, please,” he said as he pulled out his credit card.

“That’ll be three fifty,” she said with a short smile. Caleb reached over to the card machine. Then he hurried to wheel himself back out of line, careful to avoid…etc.

Okay, so. That’s all well and good if the actual subject is about the difficulty people with mobility issues face on a day to day basis I guess. But you don’t want to FILL your story with writing like that. If he’s grabbing a coffee on his lunch break and thinking about the cute girl who smiled at him, how about instead -

”Next!” Caleb snapped out of his thoughts - the image of the girl from earlier still fresh in his mind - and moved to the front counter, looking up at the barista. 

“Hey - uh - just a white chocolate mocha, please,” he said as he dug for his wallet. The barista smiled at him as she tapped his order into the register. And sure, she was cute. But it only made him think of Minami again and he felt his cheeks heating up as he pulled out his credit card and clumsily reached for the card machine.

Just remember that you SHOULD think about it and showcase it when it IS important. There will be times when your character may struggle. Just don’t make every moment a struggle. Disability doesn’t have to be nor should it be a tragedy in fiction. 

How Do You Write Interactions?

Right. So with that out of the way, how do you write good interactions between characters with mobility impairments and your other characters? Well, a lot of that depends on the “character” of your character, of course. But there are some things that you should keep in mind.

For example, it’s polite for a person interacting with a person in a wheelchair to not bend down like the person in a wheelchair is a child. Because - you know - they’re not a child. 

Another thing to remember is that for a person who uses a wheelchair, crutches, prosthetic, etc., that object is a part of their personal space and it is VERY rude to touch/lean on/otherwise interact with the item without their permission. If a character uses a wheelchair, don’t have another character hop into their wheelchair for a joyride UNLESS they are very close and/or have the wheelchair user’s permission. 

Above all, it’s a good idea for you to just do research on the type of mobility impairment your character has and the type of etiquette that’s appropriate given the circumstances! Remember that things might be different given different mobility aids, prosthetics, etc.

On Romance

I feel it necessary to make this final point. When writing characters with mobility issues, especially those in wheelchairs, it’s NOBODY’S BUSINESS whether or not they can “do the deed” and I highly suggest you avoid putting these conversations in your story altogether. ESPECIALLY IF THE DISABLED CHARACTER ISN’T INVOLVED IN THE CONVERSATION. 

Why have I seen this so often? It’s baffling! And it’s nobody’s business but those involved in the relationship. 

I am no longer an able-bodied person, and I am tired of the looks I get when I happen to get out of a taxi and stand to get into my wheelchair. I am tired of the judgement I feel when I’m using a stick or crutches. Can I manage a short distance? Some days yeah I can hobble around the corner to my Mom’s soon to be ex-residence without an aid, others I need it, sometimes I settle for a supportive arm from the guy I call Dad, and on the worst days I’m wheeled up there. And it’s not just from random people, doctors are equally as guilty.

“Oh it’ll pass” “You’re too young for anything to be wrong” “Why are you using a chair?” Because I happen to need one, genius. Or they insinuate that you’re over exaggerating your pain, somehow seeming to momentarily forget the number of babies and youngsters in hospitals everywhere with life-threatening illnesses, or the ones that already passed on because of them.

Yes I’m disabled, yes I’ve learned that pushing myself too much never ends well, and yes I honestly suck at keeping plans. I’m not trying to make any excuses, just being real with the world. I am sorry to the friends/family that I let down by breaking plans (past and future), but I’m too tired to feel guilty when I have to send “I’m sorry but..” texts. You think I want this life? Please, it’s an existence at best. I exist while you live, feel free to live some for me.

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how’s your mobility? 

can you overhead squat with a clean grip? 

So today I’m reading about activity, mobility, and manual handling in healthcare. And it turns out??? Exercise helps your heart pump more blood and the effect lasts even when you’re not being active? It increases lung capacity and gas exchange so your cells get more oxygen? It helps prevent urinary tract infections? It assists calcium formation so your bones get stronger?? It makes your muscles stronger so you can lift things more easily? It moves your joints in a whole range of motion so movement can be rhythmic and not jerky?

When I was growing up I never learned these things. Exercise was taught as a morality thing - if I was grumpy, if I sat down too much, if I gained weight, I got told to exercise. I was taught that good people exercise, and we know that they’re good, moral people because we can see it - they’re thin and they’re desirable and people want to be around them. Bad people who don’t exercise are fat and lazy and horrible and nobody wants to be around them. I spend my entire childhood listening to my dad joke about fat people who walked too slow and were lazy and gross and so I learnt that I could never, ever be one of those people.

I spent my entire teenager-good thinking that I was a bad person because I didn’t exercise enough, because I knew that however much I walked or swam or whatever, I would still never be thin enough and I would never be good enough. So now, even when it’s my mental health professionals telling me to be active, I get defensive, internally I go ‘fuck you, I already know I’m a shit person, stop telling me I am.’

I understand exercise as a moral imperative, another thing you have to do in order to be A Good Person. And so I don’t exercise because I’m afraid of not being good enough.

Now, reading all of this stuff about what exercise is actually helpful for, makes me see the body in an entirely different way. It’s not a shameful battlefield that displays all our immoralities for the world to see; it’s a fucking miracle of coordinated contraction and relaxation and expansion and it all works together constantly putting together and taking apart, constantly trying so hard just to survive. And it makes it seem effortless. It’s beautiful. Our bodies are beautiful for the ways that they live and breathe and move and nobody ever told me that before.

It doesn’t matter if you lose weight or gain weight or whether you lie around too much or how fast you walk. You can be active, in your own way, in whatever way works for you with your abilities and disabilities, you can participate in joyful movement and activity because our bodies let us do that. In some way, shape or form.

Our bodies are literally designed to be in motion, we are designed to move, and the only message I ever got was ‘exercise or you’ll get fat and fat people are bad.’ I’m legit so angry but also really happy that I am in a position to learn this stuff now.