Physiotherapy

All members wishing to participate in Physiotherapy or Exercise sessions will have an initial Physiotherapy assessment with a Neuro Physiotherapist. The Physio team can provide advice and education in managing conditions and they will direct members to the most appropriate sessions and can review/reassess as required.

It is important to take regular exercise if you have a Neurological condition early after diagnosis. It helps to keep you fit and healthy but can also help make relapses less disabling and help prevent long-term muscle wastage or postural problems.

Open Gym

Most suitable for wheelchair members, either able to transfer into a therapy chair or remain in their wheelchair to use the equipment and is held in the Pulse gym.

Members are usually escorted to the gym by a member of staff.

The session is supervised by Physiotherapy staff but if members require 1:1 assistance to do their exercises they will need a carer to stay and assist them.

Open gym does not include use of the Techno gym equipment

The first session attended will include an induction assessment and this will be completed on subsequent sessions depending what equipment is appropriate for each member.

Extended Gym

Suitable for ambulant members, walking with or without aids who are independent or require minimal assistance to get on/off equipment and is held in the Pulse gym.

Members bring themselves to the gym.

Unfortunately this session is not suitable for Wheelchair members –please see Open gym

Extended gym includes the use of all the gym equipment suitable to your needs.

The first session attended will include an induction assessment and this will be completed on subsequent sessions depending what equipment is appropriate for each member.

Midday Group

Midday Group is suitable for members who require maximum assistance in everyday living, usually requiring assistance from a carer for the majority of the time. It is held in the Pulse Gym. It is a Physiotherapy led, wheelchair based session, with a maximum of three members per session. Sessions are booked in advance and members should attend with their carers. The first session attended includes an induction assessment which is ongoing depending on what equipment is needed.

In order to maintain general mobility, it is important to remain as active as possible. This can be a challenge for people with Neurological conditions when their muscle strength and movement is affected. Through regular Physiotherapy, muscles can be exercised in the correct way and so, where possible, mobility can be maintained and the issues associated with lack of movement and disuse can be prevented or addressed.

“Little and often” repetition is encouraged in all sessions always with fatigue pacing in mind. The ethos is “always stop any exercise knowing you can do some more” so you don’t get overtired.

Sessions led by Physio – NB. There are no 1:1 Physio sessions provided at the centre apart from the Physio Assessment appointment and Alter G sessions.

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What do our members say?

“If the Physio didn't recommend me having my FES I wouldn't be able to work, because I can't walk. I can walk, but if I haven't got it on I keep falling. I honestly believe that I wouldn't be able to work. I work part time but it's a physical job, I'm on my feet all day."

"The specialist equipment in the Centre’s gym and the sessions with one of the physiotherapists have been invaluable for my husband. You'd never get that anywhere else, the NHS could not afford that for us. And that really kept him mobile for a lot longer."

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