Exoskeleton rehabilitation aids physiotherapy rehabilitation to allow many patients the ability to take part in a set of supported walking and stretching exercises, designed by specialist physiotherapists to help achieve and maximise rehabilitation goals.
Wheelchair users are at risk of developing numerous medical complications from extended periods of sitting. By enabling them to spend more time standing, walking and exercising, using the exoskeleton may offer significant health benefits.
Many studies provide preliminary evidence on the efficacy of exoskeletons on cardiovascular health, energy expenditure, body composition, gait parameters, level of physical activity and quality of life. Exoskeletons such as the Ekso GT aid both restoration of locomotion and increased levels of physical activity years after injury. Furthermore, they decrease seated time, increase standing and walking time. Decreased sitting time is likely to ameliorate several of the health-related consequences of prolonged sitting and reduced activity.
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Neurological physiotherapy involves the treatment of people with movement and function disorders that have originated from problems within the body’s nervous and neuromuscular system.
These conditions often manifest themselves as muscle weakness, poor balance and coordination, uncontrolled muscle spasm and tremors, loss of function and decreased sensation. Common neurological conditions include:
- Functional Neurological Disorders
- Stroke, CVA or TIA
- Spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
All of the above conditions may have an impact on the quality of movement, daily activities, work and leisure interests. Of importance is that many symptoms directly associated with these conditions can respond positively to physiotherapy intervention. Neuro-Physiotherapy therefore plays a pivotal role in managing neurological disorders by employing our expert skills in movement analysis, skillful handling and functional rehabilitation. Through specific handling we aim to guide a person to perform everyday functional tasks to the best of their ability.
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Benefits of Group Exercise Classes
Group exercise classes are more than the loud music, fast movements and shouts of encouragement that are seen and heard in a fitness room. These one-hour blocks of time offer social inclusion opportunities, health benefits and psychological support through a variety of different exercises and programmes to improve your physical fitness.
Physical fitness is a critical component in the daily life of children and adults with varying types of disability. Although research has found that children and adults with disability generally tend to be less fit than their non-disabled peers, it also indicates that regular structured physical activity may:
- Improve health;
- Reduce negative behaviors;
- Enhance social behaviors; and
- Improve self-esteem in these same children.
We can tailor an exercise programme to suit all levels of disability to provide a productive, safe and fun environment for either groups or individuals to maintain health, strength, and endurance.
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