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Medical Exercise

For clients recovering from illness, injury or diagnosed with a medical condition, we provide medically oriented exercise programs designed to enhance overall health, performance, function and quality of life. Some examples of medical exercise include:

Hypertension

Did you know that the American College of Sports Medicine (“ACSM”) recognizes that even a single session of customized activity can provide an immediate, perceivable reduction in your blood pressure? The Mayo Clinic agrees and recommends exercise as a drug-free approach to lowering high blood pressure. It’s been statistically demonstrated that the right exercise program can lower the risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension. Following ACSM’s “Rate of Perceived Exertion” guidelines, an intensity-appropriate program will be tailored for you. This may include a combination of cardio – such as walking, jogging or cycling – and resistance-based exercise. As a secondary benefit, cholesterol imbalances can improve from consistent and ongoing exercise programs. The goal: to lower the buildup of plaques in arteries and keep blood flowing smoothly!

Arthritis

If you suffer from inflammatory (rheumatoid, psoriatic, and spondylitis) and mechanical arthritis (osteoarthritis), clear evidence exists that early intervention can halt joint damage.* Arthritis is particularly painful and injurious to joints. But exercises focusing on good body mechanics can demonstrate a favorable and significant effect on pain. For clients suffering from arthritis, our exercise programs help reduce pain, fatigue and stiffness and commonly include:

  1. Exercises to increase your level of flexibility and stretch your muscles for comfortable movement throughout your day.
  2. Strength building exercises to increase shock absorption and balance.
  3. Cardiovascular exercises to improve your heart and lung function, lower weight, reduce stress, and help you sleep better.
  4. Balance and proprioception training to increase kinesthetic coordination and agility.

* Cush JJ: J Rheumatology Suppl. Nov 1 2007; 80: 1-7
**Rooks DS, et al. “Effect of preoperative exercise on measures of functional status in men and women undergoing total hip and knee arthroplasty.” Arthritis Rheum. 2006 Oct 15;55(5):700-8.

Diabetes

Studies have shown that those suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus can benefit from a program of physical activity.* For clients suffering from diabetes, we design an exercise program that includes strength training and cardiovascular exercise. We will help you to coordinate your exercise program to follow the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab’s professional guidelines and your physician’s recommendations for optimizing your insulin levels. We will help you to tailor your exercise program and diet so you maintain safe blood glucose levels while building strength and maximizing your cardiovascular efficiency!

The immediate and long term benefits you’ll start to experience include:

  1. Better cardiovascular health and reduction of diabetes related coronary artery disease;
  2. More effective insulin usage from increased muscle density and mass;
  3. Burning glucose calories to lower blood glucose levels;
  4. Lower blood pressure;
  5. Improved levels of HDL and lower levels of LDL and triglycerides;
  6. Weight loss and healthy management;
  7. Better flexibility

*Pierce NS: Br J Sports Med Jan 13 1999; 33: 161-173

Osteoporosis

While potentially debilitating, the proper exercise program can help prevent and treat osteoporosis. Some exercises – such as high impact activities and excessive trunk flexion and rotation – can be harmful. But the right exercise program is key to helping you prevent and treat osteoporosis and can:

  1. Maintain or improve bone mass;
  2. Improve or maintain safe ambulatory and/or weight bearing status;
  3. Improve overall functional capacity & Activities of Daily Living (ADL);
  4. Improve Range of Motion (ROM) and strength in all extremities to functional levels.

Multiple Sclerosis

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms. Maintaining a regular exercise program is one of the best ways to improve your strength, maintain body weight and boost your energy while managing MS. A University of Utah study in 1996 was the first to demonstrate the benefits of exercise for people with MS. Maintaining a regular exercise program improved cardiovascular fitness, strength, and bladder and bowel function. Exercise also lessened fatigue and symptoms of depression, resulting in a more positive attitude and increased participation in social activities. After an initial assessment, an exercise program is prepared that is unique to you. We monitor your improvement and thereafter continue to revise to the program to help you obtain continued benefits and results.

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