Physical Therapy AT HOME

Here are some of the exercises we’ve been doing at home recently. (Disclaimer: Yes she has a bad haircut. Yes I did it. Yes I’ve been thoroughly lectured. :))

Standing without her casts is much harder. She can do it for three minutes, but she gets REALLY shaky. She cries through it all, but she’s getting stronger.

So after my daughter’s PT exercises  last night  and during her daily massage I THINK I’m pretty sure I felt a quadricep! So I checked the other leg and I think I felt a little hard something there too! TAKE THAT AMYOPLASIA!!!! I quickly added quad stretches to the regime while singing a happy song. (Do de do.) :) Quaddy quad quads! (Lack of sleep is making me kinda silly.) *GRIN*

For balance she sits on a ball. I’m always right there with her, except she wanted the picture by herself.

Weight bearing through her knees.

Weight bearing through her feet (still on the ball). She’s saying, “Come on Pooh Bear, do your exercises.” Precious!



Tonight I taught Charley how to do Laelia’s PT exercises. My back has been really bothering me so I was very grateful for the help! Rocking back and forth strengthens her core and sitting with her feet on the floor then leaning forward puts weight through her feet.

Here’s Laelia going down the stairs. By request. :)

Here’s Laelia’s daily push up and what that looks like.

And I’ve saved the best for last. Here is Laelia doing weight bearing on her knees! For the last two weeks she just cried through this, but today she just happily watched her cartoon. All I had to do was pause it whenever she took a break and that was all the encouragement she needed to keep going! She even dances! So much improvement, it’s hard to believe this is the kid they said would never stand!

We also (not pictured) have stretches for every joint in her fingers, her shoulders, neck, wrists, elbows, knees, feet, etc. And there’s a great half kneel PT exercise that is really helping her stretch out her quad while putting weight through her foot. And all of these ideas I got from an evaluation appointment that bypassed our insurance! We still cannot get physical therapy through any organization out there. CCS has not even evaluated us yet, and our application with them is still pending, which is not cool. Shriners in LA is the same story. I’m just so thankful our local PT was able to share so much knowledge with us in a short time. Thanks Sylvia!

9 Responses to “Physical Therapy AT HOME”

  1. Lauren B says:

    Alexis, you are SUCH a good mommy.

  2. Chelsea Powell says:

    She’s doing great! Also, you’re the best mama ever :)

  3. Randi Legates says:

    Well Alexis I think the hair cut is cute, so don’t worry about it. It’s like an asymmetrical cut (very hip). So just tell all of those who ask, that Lali is just very hip.

    The videos are great! She is doing so well. It makes me smile :)

  4. Chie says:

    Lali totally rocks the hipster hair! It’s so exciting to see how much progress she’s making!

  5. Maureen says:

    What a blessing to see the videos of what Lali is accomplishing – with much encouragement from “mom” of course. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!

  6. Kristin says:

    The videos are great and she is doing such a wonderful job :) and so are you :).. I have to say my lil guy decided he wanted to do pushups yesterday after watching the videos and I want to say thank you because I think you may have given us a new and different way to get down the stairs than what we had been trying.

  7. Laura says:

    This is soooo great!!!!!! :) So exciting!!! :) It’s so great that your PT was willing to be so helpful :)

  8. Robin Clark says:

    Yea Laelia! And of course mommy/PT person! Thanks mighty God for your PTs help to start the home program. Still praying for CCS to come through!

  9. Max | Physical Therapy Assistant Schools says:

    The videos are great , really PT education helps a lot of person.

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