Neurological Exercise Therapy
How does neurological exercise therapy compare to personal training?
The fundamental components of both neurological exercise therapy and general fitness are: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition, and cardiovascular endurance. Both also include identifying sensation as well as developing/improving body awareness and proprioception.
The DIFFERENCE is in the set-up and execution of the exercises. Exercises must be adapted for each client based on ability, so that you can get the most out of your program. We work above AND below the level of injury, taking into account the presence of spasms, muscle atrophy, core instability, and changes in blood pressure.
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cerebral Palsy
Improved physical health has benefits for everyone. Without going over the numerous ‘pros’ of exercise, lets focus on a few key benefits, namely disease prevention, increased immune function, and overall stamina. While these benefits are great for EVERYONE, they play a more pivotal role for those dealing with a neurological condition.
Participating in regular exercise can prevent secondary complications such as:
- muscle atrophy (muscle loss)
- decreased stamina
- Urinary tract infections (UTI’s)
- blood pressure issues
- pain issues
- pressure sores
- moderate to severe muscle imbalance and asymmetry (posture)
- a compromised immune system
Regular exercise can promote independence by:
- increasing stamina to last through the day for work, volunteer, activities of daily living
- increasing lean muscle, preventing muscle loss
- maintaining/improving range of motion and function
- improving immune function
- managing spasticity