Program helping amputees walk again in Boardman OHIO: Amputee Walking School
Barb's new outlook is just one of the things she gained through rehabilitation therapy at Beeghly Oaks in Boardman. Barb is also taking part in The Amputee Walking School, which is led by Paralympic gold medalists Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler, who visit the center once a month from Long Island.
"It is all basic strengthening exercises to strengthen their quadriceps, their hamstrings, the glute muscles to be able to control their leg above the knee side. It is being able to learn how to use the residual limb to control the leg and then it is just really giving them the emotional support that they need to be able to get back to living life again," said Dennis Oehler with The Amputee Walking School.
According to the CDC, more than 500 Americans lose a limb each day. Roughly, two million people live with limb loss in the United States. It's been Todd and Dennis mission to travel the country to show amputees like Barb their potential.