Lee is ready to travel

In 2010 Lee walked through our door with a variety of braces and mobility devices due to an MVA in 2008. She had fractured her lower spine and neck and injured her knee and had a drop foot. When we first started her on the equipment we needed to pad every part of her body up to make her comfortable! One leg was noticeably shorter than the other, to the point that we had to use two pillows under one foot to enable her to perform leg and foot work.
In the six years we have had Lee as our client we have travelled through many up and downs with regards to her body. The determination that she showed was extraordinary. Working with a client who is so committed to improving her lifestyle is very inspiring.

This video shows the amazing progress that she has achieved even in the past year, we just wished we had taken a video when she first commenced Pilates! She has gotten to the point that walking without an aid was possible!

We are extremely lucky that our studio works like a community and everyone takes an interest in others wellbeing. One of our other amazing clients Liz who is a retired physio let us know about a new brace on the market for drop foot. We watched the video and were taken back by the amazing results!

The brace is called the Turbomed 3000 and you can view the video at http://turbomedorthotics.com/. Lee contacted the practitioner in charge of her braces in the past and they agreed that it could really work for her. So the week before she left for the mainland the brace arrived. It was amazing to watch Lee walk with the brace on, even with her improved strength and balance turning around was still an issue, but not with this brace on! It has just been the icing on the cake, the extra confidence in her walking is spectacular.

We will miss Lee terribly but we are very glad to see her starting her new life on the mainland with such great confidence. It has been a pleasure and honour to have been able to assist in Lee’s recovery.

Lee’s story

In 2008, I was involved in an MVA which resulted in me breaking my lower back, fracturing my neck and re-injuring my right knee. At the time, I was told that I probably would never walk again.
After 3 lots of major spinal surgery, numerous falls (one of which resulted in me breaking my right ankle in 3 places), months in hospital and Rehab etc. I was finally sent home in a complete body brace, leg brace and neck brace. My legs didn’t work all that well, my right foot had foot drop and I suffered from severe neuropathy in both feet. Initially, I was given some gentle physiotherapy, massage and hydro pool therapy which helped with the pain but really did nothing to strengthen me or help me regain my independence. I was, however, walking again but with great difficulty. I bounced off the walls of the hallway in my home and walked around like a duck. This had become the norm for me and I thought I was going to be this way for the rest of my life.

In 2010, after being repeatedly prompted by my daughter (an Osteopath and Pilates Instructor in Melbourne), I started looking into Pilates. My Neurosurgeon’s secretary suggested I give 3 Degrees Pilates Studio a try which was then based in Sandy Bay.
And so began a six year relationship with Peta Titter – my Pilates instructor with a wealth of knowledge about trauma impacted bodies from her years of training and working as an Intensive Care and Emergency Nursing Sister. Peta made it her business to give me back my independence, my self confidence and some normality of life.

The first day was hard as I wobbled like a drunk into the studio and was thoroughly assessed by Peta. I had lost so much muscle tone and had practically no core strength. An exercise program was planned for me and we slowly started working on core issues. I saw Peta twice weekly and as time passed we both saw healthy progress with my damaged body.
All the braces were now gone, I was walking with the assistance of a walking cane, I was driving, even doing a few household chores. Slowly, my core strength improved, my muscles regained some definition and I began to feel like the woman I had once been.

Peta and her team adjusted my program as required. All the girls were caring and patient as sometimes there were setbacks which required a rethink regarding my exercises. I was also given back up exercises I could do at home.
It is now 2016. I walk really well, feel confident again, I’m independent and life is pretty good. I continue to do my Pilates religiously and have recently moved to the mainland requiring me to say an emotional goodbye to all the special team at 3 Degrees Pilates.

Every day I give thanks for the day I met Peta and her dedicated team and became part of the 3 Degrees family. Would I recommend Pilates and Peta to others with trauma impacted bodies? In a heartbeat! Even those that don’t have medical problems can only benefit from this mind and body strengthening modality we call Pilates”