A spinal cord injury after a hernia surgery

My name is Klaas Bond. Seven years ago I underwent surgery for a hernia on T9-10, at chest height. As a complication I got a spinal cord injury. This means that I am paralyzed from the belly button down. What the impact is on your daily life is only known by fellow sufferers.

Slowly you get use to a new rhythm in your changed life. You get used to most things, but pain, which most of you stil have to deal with, is something that you will never get used to.

Movement by cycling with arms and legs

In a leaflet that I received from the rehabilitation center, I read that the best way to deal with the pain is to stay busy. By staying busy I can move my thoughts so I can endure the pain. Unfortunately, you can’t stay busy all the time. During relaxing activities, like watching TV, you sometimes forget the pain, but it is harder to ignore it.

About four years after the surgery, we read an article in the newspaper about the BerkelBike. We were immediately excited and got in touch with POM rehabilitation technique. The BerkelBike was delivered pretty quickly and at the same day I started to use it according to the schedule. Training gets harder gradually, which makes it very enjoyable and I haven’t experienced it as too heavy.

Improving condition

I cycle quite intensive in order to keep my body moving well, I ride about 2 to 3 times one hour a week on the bike. Every new training I try to improve my previous time. I feel much fitter now and I certainly feel that it is good for both body and mind.

I use the BerkelBike only indoors, because I can’t move the bike down and outside by myself. Although I go to work for years now on another connecting bike, I now arrive fit and vibrant where as previously I arrived  at work sweaty after only three kilometers.

Developing muscles

Cycling on the BerkelBike makes my buttocks and thighs remain fairly well developed. Moreover, I realized that also my upper body was getting well trained. Old clothes didn’t fit me anymore because of my more and more developing muscles.

Always a challenge

Altogether, I enjoy the bike a lot. It is always a challenge and afterwards I feel satisfied and I also lose the necessary calories. Therefore, I can recommend the BerkelBike wholehearted.

You will get a schedule of Rik Berkelmans himself and if you have questions about it you can always call him. This gives me a safe feeling. When you’re hesitating about buying the bike, I say to you “Sure do!”

Klaas Bond

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