Our Clients are our Why!
We exist for their goals and dreams to live a healthy and active life!
My name is Carissa Bennett and I live outside of Rochester, MN in a small town of about 4,000 people. On August 1, 2015 my life as I knew it changed forever. A group of us were taking a motorcycle trip that we had been planning since the beginning of the year. A week on the road visiting Sturgis, South Dakota for the 75th Motorcycle Rally and Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. On the 3rd day of our trip as we were heading back to our campground for the afternoon a pickup truck pulled out in front of us as we were traveling down a major highway going 60 mph. With no time to react my husband laid the bike down on its side. By doing this he saved both of our lives even though they will no longer be the same. He sustained a TBI which he has recovered remarkably from. I sustained a T4 incomplete spinal cord injury. I spent the next 4 ½ months at 2 different rehab centers learning how to do as much for myself as I could at the time. I was still very weak and would fatigue easily. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do once I went home but I knew I needed to continue to be as active as possible in order to maximize my recovery process. That’s when I was introduced to Exercisabilities in Rochester, MN. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve their goals through physical rehabilitation and exercise based activities. They offer a program specifically for people that have suffered an SCI and that’s exactly what I signed up for. I continue to work out at Exercisabilities 3 times a week for 3 hours a time. I have regained muscle mass back into my legs and have built up my upper body strength. My energy levels have increased. We work on my posture and standing balance which has helped relieve a lot of my back and shoulder pain. I no longer sit in my wheelchair all hunched over. My muscle spasms are tolerable from the activity and my skin has remained healthy. I have been able to keep myself off all medications (except for a bladder med). Recently I have started walking short distances with leg braces, a walker, and some assistance. We continue to work on functional recovery and I hope to someday be able to stand on my own and to eventually walk again. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for Exercisabilities and the friendships I’ve formed there. I’m more active in my daily life, physically and socially. They have helped me become myself again and I’m excited for what my future holds.
My husband frequently struggles with back pain because his stroke over 22 years ago causes him to walk asymmetrically. A recent episode of debilitating pain kept him in bed much of two months, and he found little relief from narcotics and a cortisone injection. However, a PT at ExcercisABILITIES relieved most of his pain within an hour of therapy. Since then she has helped Don strengthen muscles he didn’t realize he could control. His walk is improving, his pain is now minimal, he is out and about again, and he again has hope. Wow!
Melanie and her staff believe whole heartedly that continuing physical therapy can benefit people with all kinds of physical disabilities. I have seen positive results and have great hope for further gains through my work with ExercisAbilities.
I have watched my mother improve in strength and spirit under the weekly guidance of Melanie Brennan. Her firm but gentle nudges along with a true understanding of aging and physical activity make Melanie great. Melanie has greatly improved my mother quality of life over the past couple of years; not bad for a woman born in 1920.”
Bill – Physician and son of 90 year old client living in assisted living apartment with severe osteoporosis, poor balance, heart disease
Melanie Brennan’s therapy sessions have greatly improved my mom’s independence and confidence. Melanie’s sessions have given my mom the ability to be mobile on her own; without it she would have pretty much been wheelchair bound. The therapy has built her strength, balance and confidence.
Mom looks forward to her sessions and Melanie is patient but firm; a combination that is key, I think, in working with strokes.”
Kathy – daughter of client who had a stroke and is living in an assisted living apartment