Discover the Life-Changing Benefits of Exercise Physiology for People with Disability

For people with disability, exercise can be a challenge. However, the benefits of therapeutic exercise are immense, both physically and mentally. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of exercise for people with disabilities, the risks, barriers, and complications, as well as the success stories of people who have improved their independence and health through exercise therapy. We will also emphasize the benefits of working with an Exercise Physiologist to develop a personalized exercise plan tailored to your needs, goals, and limitations.

The Benefits of Therapeutic Exercise for People with Disabilities

Exercise Physiologist helping someone with a Stroke perform hand therapy to improve independence Exercise can improve physical health, reduce stress and depression, and increase independence for people with disabilities. Physical activity can help increase muscle strength and flexibility, improve balance and coordination, and reduce the risk of falls. Exercise can also help with weight management and improve overall cardiovascular health.

Mentally, exercise can reduce stress and depression, improve mood and self-esteem, and provide a sense of accomplishment. Exercise can also provide opportunities for social interaction and community engagement.

The Risks, Barriers, and Complications of Exercising with a Disability

There are risks associated with exercise for people with disabilities, including the risk of injury, overexertion, and exacerbating underlying health conditions. In addition, there may be barriers to exercise, including a lack of accessible facilities, limited transportation options, and financial constraints.

Complications can also arise when exercising with a disability, such as difficulty breathing, changes in blood pressure and heart rate or rhythm. It is important to work with a healthcare provider such as an Exercise Physiologist to develop a safe and effective exercise plan that takes into account any potential risks and complications.

Success Stories and Research Shows people Who Have Improved their Independence and Health through Exercise Therapy

There are many success stories of people with disabilities who have improved their health and independence through exercise therapy.

For example, a study published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development found that people with spinal cord injuries who participated in a six-month exercise program experienced significant improvements in muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness, and bone density.
Another study  found that people with multiple sclerosis who participated in a 12-week exercise program experienced improvements in balance, walking speed, and overall quality of life.

Our own clients such as Jimmy, highlight the importance of regular exercise therapy to improve independence and mobility when managing a disability. See his story below!

Working with an Exercise Physiologist

Exercise Physiologist doing an intensive 90min gait/walking retraining session with a client recovering from Stroke

Working with an Exercise Physiologist can help people with disabilities develop a personalized exercise plan that takes into account their unique needs, goals, and limitations. An Exercise Physiologist can provide guidance on safe and effective exercises, monitor progress, and adjust the exercise plan as needed. They can also provide motivation and support to help people stay on track and achieve their goals.

 

 

Exercise Physiology is perfect for for you if:

  1. You have a disability and want to improve your overall physical health and wellbeing.
  2. You have limited mobility or are wheelchair-bound and want to improve your strength, flexibility, and independence.
  3. You are recovering from an injury or surgery and need guidance on safe and effective exercises.
  4. You have a chronic condition, such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, and want to manage your symptoms through exercise therapy.
  5. Your balance is affected as a result of your disability and you want to improve your balance, coordination, and overall fitness to maintain independence and reduce the risk of falls.
  6. You are an athlete with a disability who wants to improve your performance in your sport.
  7. You are a caregiver or family member of someone with a disability and want to learn how to support their exercise and physical activity.
  8. You want to improve your mental health and wellbeing through exercise, but need guidance on safe and effective exercises for your disability.
  9. You are looking for a supportive community of people with disabilities who share similar goals and challenges related to exercise and physical activity.
  10. You want to work with a knowledgeable and experienced Exercise Physiologist who can provide personalized guidance, support, and motivation to help you achieve your exercise goals.

 

Exercise can seem daunting when challenged with Parkinson's symptoms. Exercise Physiology takes a therapeutic approach to exercise

In conclusion, therapeutic exercise can provide many benefits for people with disabilities, both physically and mentally. However, there are risks, barriers, and complications associated with exercising with a disability. It is important to work with a healthcare provider and an Exercise Physiologist to develop a safe and effective exercise plan that takes into account any potential risks and complications. With the right guidance and support, people with disabilities can improve their independence, health, and overall quality of life through exercise therapy.

 

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