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Saturday
Dec102016

Phil- a patient's story.

Phil has muscle depletion on his right side and finds walking and balance difficult. He is dependent on a frame but as a tall man (1.93m) this is causing him to become kyphotic, as the frame is too small for his height. It has also caused him shoulder discomfort and Phil therefore uses a wheelchair most of the time.

Before his accident Phil was a keen cyclist and enjoyed keeping himself active. During his rehabilitation Phil’s goal was to get back on to a bike and use a treadmill. Initially, when Phil came to the gym, we were restricted to what we could do for him, focusing mainly on upper body resistance. We had received some funding to purchase a YouBike, which is used primarily by stroke patients, and while Phil was able to use this biomechanically it wasn’t suitable for him as Phil’s leg naturally falls to the right, which made it uncomfortable for him to pedal.

We receive many patients on to the exercise referral scheme who have complex needs, and it became apparent that there was a requirement for specialist equipment which could both support the user and be adapted individually. I visited and researched what was available in hospitals and private clinics, and was impressed with the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bike and the anti-gravity treadmill. These two pieces of equipment not only offer beneficial opportunities for rehabilitation but also the opportunity for those with neuro-muscular conditions to be able to become physically active, a very appealing combination! However, they are very expensive pieces of equipment which you would not normally expect to find at a centre managed by a non profit distributing organisation and registered charity such as SLL. But, our customers inspired me to begin fundraising; we were fortunate to win a successful bid from The Big Lottery, we received generous donations from both local charities and the public, we organised a charity ball and various sponsored events which enabled us to be able to purchase an FES bike and put a £10,000 deposit towards the treadmill; the balance is being paid as we raise more funds.

Phil was our first customer to use the treadmill; we hadn’t mentioned to him that it was being delivered and his carer brought him in to our open day when we invited the community to come and try or see the equipment in use. Sporting the not so glamourous shorts which resembled Wallace and Gromit’s ‘Wrong Trousers’, we zipped Phil into the air tight ‘skirt’ of the treadmill. The treadmill calibrated his weight and we set Phil at 45% of his body weight which gave him plenty of support. Very slowly we increased the speed to 0.4 kph and a gradient of 4% to allow heal strike on the belt. The smile on Phil’s face was amazing, a big thumbs up and a quote “You haven’t made my day, or my month, you’ve made my life, I’m walking on a treadmill!” He (and us) didn’t think this would ever be possible, but the treadmill has changed his life. He is able to walk with perfect posture and to his full 1.93m! He is able to take long strides where normally he shuffles, he feels socially included within the gym because we have integrated the anti-gravity treadmill alongside the regular treadmills. Phil really looks forward to his gym sessions; he can now do what everybody else does, which is just how it should be.

 

Blog by

Juanita Prescott Corporate Health and Wellbeing Manager Stevenage Leisure Limited with permissions and confidentiality agreed.

Friday
Nov182016

Exercise medicine resources launched for health and social care students

Exercise medicine resources launched for health and social care students 

Working with the UK Council of Deans of Health, Exercise Works! has launched the latest update of its physical activity and health resources designed specifically to support teaching in undergraduate health programmes. The "Movement for Movement" resources aim to equip health and social care students to promote physical activity in the prevention and treatment of disease. 

The resources on exercise medicine and health for undergraduate education were endorsed by the UK Council of Deans of Health when they were first launched in 2015. The revised version contains the latest evidence for future health professionals to use in discussing lifestyle medicine with their patients and deliver safe and effective exercise advice.

Ann Gates, Director of Exercise Works! said:

“I’m delighted to be able to launch these updated resources that address one of the most pressing public health challenges of our time. I look forward to seeing how universities use them to strengthen teaching about exercise in their programmes.”

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Notes to editors:

1. The “Movement for Movement” aims to build capacity in delivering physical activity interventions by all future health care workers through working as a community of practice both professionally and educationally. The resources are available for free to all universities with health programmes. 

2. Exercise Works! promotes the use of physical activity in preventing and treating disease. For further details, contact Ann Gates on 07771 650052. http://www.exercise-works.org/

3. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information about the work of the Council of Deans of Health please see www.councilofdeans.org.uk.

4. For more information on this press release, please call 07496 693806 or email Jonathan.eames@cod-health.ac.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to editors:
1. The “Movement for Movement” aims to build capacity in delivering physical activity interventions by all future health care workers through working as a community of practice both professionally and educationally. The resources are available for free to all universities with health programmes. 

2. Exercise Works! promotes the use of physical activity in preventing and treating disease. For further details, contact Ann Gates on 07771 650052. http://www.exercise-works.org/

3. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information about the work of the Council of Deans of Health please see www.councilofdeans.org.uk.

For more information on this press release, please call 07496 693806 or email Jonathan.eames@cod-health.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Sep292016

A heartfelt 'thank you' to all @exerciseworks followers and support network

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that "promoting physical activity (in combination with a healthy diet) through [the mass social media] is a cost effective and highly feasible intervention. We feel that after 100k tweets on physiotherapy, exercise and physical activity that we delivered an effective mass media campaign(!). The #PEPA16 massive open online course metrics revealed that we had over 46 million social media impressions.

Our aim is to build capacity within and beyond the health care system to deliver quality phyiscal activity opportunities and environments for the public and patients. We will continue to do this by developing amazing educational tools and resources and by nurturing "A Movement for Movement" as a community of practice.

Reducing societal and individual risks and preventing disease by bedside and population-wide interventions can play a significant role in reaching the WHO/United Nations "25x25" goals. By building support into our health care professional system, at scale, we can make this difference to society, individuals, and especially patients.

We would like to thank all of our followers and supporters in helping us to achieve some amazing "best value buy" results over the last 5 years. We know that we have influenced at scale and delivered a paradigm shift in the way that the public, researchers, policy makers and implementors have thought and acted.

We are now ready to take the prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases from the bedside to boardroom influence. Please watch this space... 

Thank you again to all of our 40k followers: your support is greatly appreciated.

Ann Gates

CEO Exercise Works.... and still on a mission.