Posted 31 January 2015 by Jason King
For those that are living with a Neurological disease such as Parkinsons, or Multiple Sclerosis or if you have had a Neurological event such as Stroke, Brain Injury or Spinal Cord Injury, physical deconditioning is extremely common. This deconditioning can manifest as muscle weakness or loss of muscle mass, decreased cardiovascular fitness or increased fatigue. In fact V02 max (a measure of cardiovascular fitness) decreases by up to 45% just one month post Stroke.
This deconditioning, in combination with injury specific complications (for example stroke hemiparetic gait pattern) result in greatly limited physical performance in everyday activities and an overall decrease in mobility and functional independence. This is where NeuroFit can help.
NeuroFit is a 6 week structured exercise program that is individually tailored for each client and aims to improve your fitness through aerobic exercise and functional muscle strengthening. NeuroFit is specifically designed for those that have had a neurological injury or live with a neurological disease and want to improve their fitness and general wellbeing. Your goals may be as simple as wanting to walk for longer periods and have more energy or you might be looking for that extra push to return to sport or social activities.
The NeuroFit program includes an initial and final assessment, an information booklet and 6 weeks of structured exercises sessions including 2 weekly sessions in our clinic and the expectation of at least 1 weekly independent home session.
There are numerous studies with substantial evidence supporting high intensity fitness training in the neurological population. Some of the proven benefits include:
- Increased V02 Max (Cardiovascular fitness).
- Improved ambulatory performance.
- Increased mobility function scores.
- Increased upper and lower extremity strength.
- Improved body weight and body composition.
- Improved depression, mood and fatigue scores.
- Improved social interaction.
If you are interested in getting involved in NeuroFit or you want more information call Advance Rehab Centre 9906 7777 and ask to speak to Lynn.
TREADMILL EXERCISE REHABILITATION IMPROVES AMBULATORY FUNCTION AND CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC STROKE. RICHARD F. MACKO ET AL
Impact of Aerobic Training on Fitness and Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis. Dr Jack H. Petajan et al.