After enduring a stroke or other neurological event, there is often a reduction in activity levels resulting in physical deconditioning and a decline in cardiovascular (CV) fitness. CV training is often seen as one of the lower priorities of rehabilitation. This can be due to either having competing more precedent goals (e.g. fine motor control or sensory function – where aspects of training do not challenge the CV system), or due to an oversight grounded by safety concerns and activity limitations (paralysis or spasticity). As such, clients have a reduced participation in aerobic based activities and consequently have a reduction in aerobic capacity. In turn, this can increase the risk of obtaining metabolic comorbidities, thus the likelihood of having a secondary CV complication (e.g. stroke or myocardial event).
As a result of this, there has been a trend for neurological rehabilitation to engage in more vigorous exercise training, aiming to raise the heart rate into a threshold to improve cardiovascular fitness.
At Advance Rehab Centre, we provide NeuroGym and NeuroFit classes that aim to provide adaptive and innovative training for a range of neurological conditions (stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, MS, Polio, HSP, Parkinson’s). These are specialist programs conducted in our clinic by our Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists, tailoring exercise programs to individuals in a fun and social group setting. It aims to increase aerobic and general strength and fitness of clients, while subsequently decreasing the morbidity of risk factors associated with neurological conditions. If you or someone you know would like to enquire or participate in these classes, please call Advance Rehab Centre on 9906 7777 to speak to one of our team members.
People with conditions such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, MS, Polio, HSP, Parkinson’s disease are all welcome