How to Keep Healthy

A spinal cord injury should not stop you living a long and healthy life.

This section provides practical information to help you maximise your health and wellbeing. It will also help to problem solve what to do if you have issues or questions.

Exercise to help maintain the health of your shoulders

Your shoulders need a balance of strength and flexibility to be able to do its job correctly. Chronic shoulder pain has been shown to be markedly reduced by completing a relatively simple program of strengthening and stretching.

Common Shoulder Injuries

Overuse and weight bearing on weak shoulders can lead to injured and painful shoulders. If there is weakness in your stabilising muscles your movement will be inefficient and you may be at risk of damaging your shoulder joint.

Health Shoulders for Wheelchair users Healthy shoulders

As a wheelchair user you will rely on your arms a lot. Unfortunately, the shoulders are not designed to take the heavy workloads demanded of them by transfers and wheelchair propulsion. It is important to look at ways you can reduce the impact on your shoulders so they have a long and healthy future.

Nutrition StirFry

Good nutrition helps keep you in good health. If you have a spinal cord injury eating well is even more important, as it can help your body resist infection and maintain good skin, bladder and bowel habits.

Maintaining a healthy weight healthyweight

It is important to maintain a healthy weight. This will help to keep you feeling and looking well, and able to do all the things you need to each day.

Sleep and spinal cord injury sleep

Living with a spinal injury can be stressful, both physically and emotionally. This stress may disrupt your sleep, or your sleep may be disrupted by physical factors resulting from your injury.

Exercise and spinal cord injury wc skills mono1

Being fit and active is important for good health.


Posture and spinal cord injury posture

Good posture when you are sitting in a wheelchair is important for many reasons.

Rating of perceived exertion josh active push

The rate of perceived exertion is a scale used to monitor exercise intensity.

Finding wheelchair accessible pool and gym facilities gym wc

It's useful to have a set of questions on hand when you are trying to find out how accessible a sporting facility is.

Pressure relief and skin care in the wheelchair muscle wastage

Taking the pressure off can help prevent skin injuries.