Many people with neurological conditions such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinsons Disease are unsure as to which exercises are beneficial and which are not. Often it is a daunting task to go to a community gym where staff and members may not fully understand your condition.
Research evidence shows that exercise training after stroke leads to improvements in physical fitness and function, including walking ability. There are often other benefits such as improved mood, reduced fatigue and increased confidence.
When formal rehabilitation has finished it is easy for people to become less active and more socially isolated. The Bluestone Centre provides stroke survivors with the knowledge of how to make the journey from therapy, to being able to self manage fitness and exercise as part of every day life.
You may feel that you still have goals to achieve through continuing physiotherapy or a top up of physiotherapy later on in your journey. For example you may have developed specific areas of tightness that need releasing, or you may have pain due to poor muscle control. These are just a couple of examples.
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Problems with communication can be a barrier when it comes to attaining physical fitness or playing a sport because of the difficulties involved in communicating with people in a normal gym environment.
Regular exercise and physiotherapy is crucial for maintaining and improving mobility, flexibility, balance and range of movement. It is also important for easing PD's secondary symptoms such as depression and constipation.
It is now recognized that exercise can be beneficial in managing symptoms and maintaining overall well being. Despite this, international research shows that 78% of people with MS do no physical exercise compared to 38% of the general population.
Results of a Canadian study recently published in the 'Archives of Physical and medical rehabilitation' show that exercise training is effective for improving both aerobic capacity and muscular strength in people with mild to moderate disability.
Who will benefit?
People with some heart conditions may benefit from controlled, monitored exercise.
Cardiac rehabilitation is usually available on the NHS for up to six weeks. It is important to maintain fitness after that time and we can provide the support needed to continue your fitness programme.
People with Autism or Aspergers syndrome may find it difficult to function in a busy gym environment.
We provide one to one support, or small group sessions.
Self consciousness and low self esteem due to obesity can inhibit a person’s ability to access a local gymnasium.
We provide advice and encouragement on exercise, diet and lifestyle to help you achieve your goals.
People with dementia may benefit from an exercise programme that allows them to experience what is familiar and important to them as an individual.
As well as the physical effects of exercise that everybody can enjoy, there is opportunity for social interaction for people suffering from dementia and their carers.
At The Bluestone Centre we use our knowledge of different conditions, using a holistic and sensitive approach that fulfills each persons needs.
Every individual’s life experience is unique, and programmes and goal setting are devised accordingly.
We recognize that disability also affects carers and friends, and we encourage active involvement from friends and families – they need to be fit too!
Continued Life Development
When formal rehabilitation has finished it is easy for people to become less active and more socially isolated.
Active Neuro Therapy at The Bluestone Centre provides people with the knowledge of how to make the journey from therapy, to being able to self manage fitness and exercise as part of every day life.
For more detailed information on fitness/rehabilitation for stroke, MS and Parkinsons disease including video testimonials from clients please visit www.activeneurotherapy.com