#1. Back spasms are a risk for me because abdominal muscles on my hemiplegic side are still very weak. Stomach crunches I have been doing (photo) let me use many muscles to assist my stomach muscles. Tony had me slowly lift my bent leg while lying on my back and then lower my leg without touching my foot to the mat. I felt increased muscle tone in my abdominals for hours. Guess what I am doing every morning before I get out of bed.
#2. Tony taught me that I developed the bad habit of locking my hemiplegic knee so my leg muscles do not have to work. Now I stand with both knees slightly bent during 4 activities of daily living (ADLs) - brushing my teeth, putting curlers in my hair, putting on make-up, and standing in line at the store. Standing in line with both knees slightly bent was the hardest to do consistently. Putting both hands on the handle of the shopping cart is a cue that makes me compliant. Retraining the brain requires lots of repetition. This new habit is not automatic yet, but I have become aware of when I lock this knee so I can tell it to stop.