How do I exercise with a Neurological condition?
Neurological disorders can be a very hard life event to manage. Conditions such as a stroke (CVA), Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s can disrupt a person’s life and leave them feeling out of control and frightened by the fact they cannot control their body like they once could.
At The Fitness LAB, our Physical Therapists and Medical Exercise Coaches are educated in the complexities of these conditions and specialize in the design of therapeutic treatment and exercise programs that assist in restoring balance in strength, flexibility, and neurological endurance in a compromised nervous system. By improving and teaching your body to move better again, you will improve the quality of your life, the ability to perform your activities of daily living, and return to recreational activities that you once enjoyed.
How can Medical Exercise help me manage my neurological condition?
- Improve posture to prevent falling and to improve your ability to walk
- Improve range of motion and movement to help re-educate your muscles and nerves how to work properly and preserve good functional levels
- Improve gait pattern and the ability to walk ensuring that you can maintain a life of freedom and independent living
- Improve transfer capability — being able to move your body weight side to side, front to back, and in a circle without losing your balance
- Establish a home program to reinforce everything your body is learning and help you to practice the exercises that will keep you functional
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)
- Maintain the progress made during Occupational and Physical Therapy
- Improve coordination, balance, functional strength and endurance to help you preserve your lean body tissue, improve strength, and improve neurological endurance
- Improve overall functional capacity to help you keep moving how you want and push through any exacerbations you may experience
- Improve gait pattern to teach your body how to always walk with efficiency and effectiveness. The more practice your body has walking properly, the longer it takes for that movement pattern to be lost
- Maintain and improve range of motion in your joints to slow or prevent movement restrictions and weakness from developing
- Improve muscle strength, endurance and coordination to help you recover from your life event and get back to functioning as soon as possible
- Improve functional capacity to help you perform your activities of daily living
- Improve balance and proprioception to help you find your balance and body awareness, and help to rebuild your confidence in your body again
- Improve active range of motion in your joints and muscles to reduce the movement restrictions that accompany strokes
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