Research into the positive effects of exercise on Parkinson's Disease has demonstrated that people living with Parkinson's Disease can benefit from being involved in a range of activities such as dancing, modified boxing and aerobic exercise
Exercise Programs for Parkinson's Disease Low Anxiety Exercise Programs to Assist with Balance, Gait and Cardiovascular Health
The process for joining a BrainFit Program for Parkinson's Disease are listed below:
Initial Pre-Exercise Consult to be organised at Nowra Allied Health Centre , 66 Plunket Street Nowra Initial consults also held in Ulladulla and Huskisson. Initial consults can be bulk billed or claimed through heath fund. Cost $55 for 45 minutes
Individual Program provided ( paper version and online version)
Smaller intensive clinics such as Pilates Reformer, Pool Based Programs and Gait Correction Clinics also available at Nowra Allied Health Centre. Prices start at $20 for 30 minute classes.
To register for a class please ensure that your initiall consult has been completed and the most appropriate class will be recommended for you to attend
Please phone our office on 02 44216030 to book an initial consult and our practice staff will book your appointment
What is involved in the Exercise for Parkinson's Programs? This group involves each participants playing a role to assist with motivating their fellow team members whilst also completing both group exercises and individually designed exercises prescribed by their exercise physiologist.
Programs for Parkinson's Diseases include cardiovascular, strength, balance, flexibility, gait practice and music and writing and drawing as exercises designed to assist people with neurological conditions.
Exercise has been proven to assist with the maintenance of many of the daily living activities that may be effected by people living with Parkinson's Disease.
BrainFit programs are all delivered using the Fiteracy method which focuses on reducing anxiety around exercise and also providing vital health literacy information to assist both client/ participants and their partners or carers with the important health and exercise information.
Our focus during these sessions is to reduce anxiety as a priority before applying exercise principle.
We then work together with clients/ participants and their partners/ carers to develop small individually designed challenges for the body to assist with maintaining balance and cardiovascular health.
All BrainFit programs use a multidisciplinary approach to exercise and where possible communication with your neurological nurse and other allied health professionals is maintained throughout your exercise program.
Parkinson's Group Training Videos
This is one of our amazing people in the BrainFit programs. Bob ( not his real name) has Parkinson's Disease but in his 20s and 30s was a high level Rugby Union player. Bob is now in his 60s
Bob was referred to BrainFit for a falls prevention program after a few falls at home. Over the past few months we have been working on slowly building his aerobic capacity on his home bike and progressively developing his aerobic fitness and leg strength. Once a week we work on gait "mindfullness" and marching and increasing gait confidence to prevent falling.
All the while we talk about Bob's strengths such as his football instead of only focussing on his weakness. We use the Fiteracy approach of strength based low anxiety learning This is Bob yesterday after we have slowly been bringing his rugby memory in his body back to life. The power of the brain and determination.
High Knee Walking
HIGH KNEE WALKING IN GRASS
Another fantastic lady who uses a walking frame for some of her walking. This week we walked in long grass to practice lifting knees up high as part of our gait retraining. We talk alot about "learned non use" in our sessions as many of the BrainFit members have some "learned non use" occurring due to a fear of falling preventing some activities. By encouraging walkers to continue to use their walking skills as well as their walking frames for safety, we are attempting to prevent "learned non use" which can occur by using the frame all the time ( walking activities are conducted under supervision ) Our walking teams are supervised groups and focus on removing fear first by having an instructor with you. We then introduce the hiking sticks to recreate rhythm and tempo. Lovely Nan...as we call her, has MSA and Parkinson's and this high knee walking we are practicing takes a huge amount of trust and repetition and hard work. Nan is working on her foot placement and high knees before we start to introduce some additional pace activities
Brainfit is an Approved Fiteracy Service Approved Fiteracy Services provide low anxiety and strength based learning environments