Neurological Conditions – what can exercise do?

Vector Health

Did you know that 43% of Australians, around 10million people are currently living with a neurological condition or injury?

This could be spinal cord, brain injury, Parkinsons’, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain or a number of other conditions or injuries that affect the neurological system.

A number of us at Vector Health have a real passionate, driven interest to help people living with Neurological Conditions or Injuries to improve the quality of life, set and achieve physical goals and just to feel better and enjoy the social experience of exercising. Our experience with Neurological injuries and conditions says that maybe the recognition and support that is readily available to patients can sometimes be perceived as less than with other conditions.

So, if you have a condition that is affecting you, please know that there are people out there that are interested in helping you and want to see you improve beyond what you have been told or you currently believe is possible. Some of the key benefits of exercise to the Nervous System are:

1. Improving motor control and the ability to take on more tasks of daily living to improve independence.

2. To provide a social setting that is both non-judgemental and progressive/goal orientated to help improve self-confidence.

3. Improving your physical capacity to help you improve your life quality and in some cases duration.

If I had to pick my top three, these would be it. The important thing to note, is you absolutely CANNOT take someone else’s experience with a neurological condition or injury and expect your condition or injury to follow the exact same path. It is your journey. Our job is 100% to explore and precisely get to what the problems are, and then work on ways to try to either solve or partially solve movement and functional problems. In finishing, of all the conditions and injuries that I have ever worked with, Neurological injuries I believe present the most frustrated patients. It is so important that we remember to put ourselves in the patient’s shoes for moments and to be patient, kind and understanding of the sheer difficulty that tasks that we all take for granted can be.

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