Quadriplegia is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. Paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms. Health conditions often related to this issue include Cerebral Palsy and Spinal Cord Injury (SPI).
One of the important goals of rehabilitation is to reverse the debilitative cycle of reduced physical capacity that leads to reduced activity and functioning. Studies suggest that muscle strength gains can been due to two different mechanisms including the improved capacity to recruit motor units (neural adaptation) and morphological changes within the contractile tissue inducing muscle fibre hypertrophy.
Both complete and partial Quadriplegia patients can benefit from exercise including better blood flow, strength, core, flexibility, and reduced pain.
However, many people with Quadriplegia are unable to conduct even passive exercise. As such, they miss out on the often miraculous results of exercise and associated brain stimulation and neural improvement, which is a key reason why we invented the Isodynamic Reviver machines and program.