Rehab from acute neurological Lyme Disease

Posted on: February 18, 2013
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 Lori Tompkins tells us how she uses her bellicon to recover from neurological Lyme Disease.

  • Lori Tompkins February 18, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I began rebounding on a Bellicon Rebounder (owned by a housemate) circa 2008. Though for quite some time I could only bounce VERY lightly for 5 or 10 minutes at a time, it quickly became a major part of my attempts to rehab from acute neurological Lyme Disease and at least 3 other tick-born diseases that I had contracted in January of 2006.

    Before contracting these diseases I was a full-time yoga teacher (mostly Bikram and some Ashtanga style), as well as a runner, bicycler, and avid hiker. I had been an athlete my whole life, and so it was extra hard to lose so much of my capacities and to be in pain and feeling sickly for years on end, having a hard time walking across a room without feeling faint and such. I am also a writer and a web editor and frequent headaches and brain fog made that difficult. I can’t say that rebounding cured me or that I am completely over the devastating effects of these diseases. I still have limited energy and the weakness and degeneration in one of my shoulders has resulted in a frozen shoulder is just starting to improve after 1.5 years of serious pain. But I can say that rebounding has been a HUGE help.

    I’ve been on many conventional and herbal antibiotics and I’m sure that helped in important ways, but the Rebounder helped in ways that antibiotics can’t. For one, bouncing, even lightly, improved my mood. It (and good music) got me moving, and reminding me to appreciate even simple movement. For a long while it was hard for me to re-build any muscle strength or endurance. But over the past 5 years, I have gradually built up from 5 or 10 minutes to 30 to 40 minutes of some gentle and some more aerobic bouncing. Sometimes my forward progress reverses itself and I have to cut back the time or the aerobic intensity, but I am truly grateful to be up to 30-40 minutes on most days. It reminds me of how far I have come.

    A year ago I moved out of the house with the Rebounder, and luckily I had some access to my sister’s … but as my 44th birthday started to roll around, a good friend collected contributions towards getting me a Rebounder of my own and presented it at my birthday party. Best present ever! Yes it improves muscle tone, circulation and has other wonderful physical and psychological side effects, but the thing I want to stress the most is that it makes me happy.

    I recommend rebounding outdoors in the Sun when possible and to music that makes you want to MOVE. On that note, I invite any readers to tune in and or subscribe to my BOUNCE playlist on Spotify. Just type in ‘Bounce’ in the Spotify search box, and then click on the public playlist.