The name retro·pulser comes from my time in Functional Neurology rehab and the terminology they use to describe your symptoms. One of my chronic ongoing symptoms was that when I tried to stand still I would slowly drift backwards, come forwards a bit, then drift backwards more. Rinse and Repeat. Eventually I would do a “controlled fall” to the ground.
The clinical lingo used to describe this movement disorder (not the falling into someone’s arms) is retropulsing in a smooth direction. The term retro, refers to the backwards movement and pulsing refers to the back and forth motion. Kind of like going 2 steps back and 1 step forward, except replace the word step with falling. In December 2014, I was diagnosed with Mal de Debarqument Syndrome and my symptoms have dramatically decreased after beginning treatment.
Thus, I am, or was a retropulser.