Frequently asked questions
exercise and rehabilitation
programmes for paralysing conditions
What is the minimum amount of time required to benefit from exercise at
minimum time to benefit from our exercise therapy programme is probably
about four weeks. Any less than that and it would become difficult to
optimise client's potential. However, we appreciate that not everyone is
able to commit to full time courses and where possible, we will
to adapt courses to suit individual requirements. The most important
outcome is to establish a regular effective routine that can be
maintained at home.
Why are your
foundation courses 13 weeks?
We have found through experience that an exercise programme based over a
period of thirteen weeks provides the client with noticeable changes in
function and fitness. We are not suggesting that any shorter duration
does not promote physical or mental well-being, but comparing pre/post
performance-measures becomes more difficult the shorter the programme.
What accommodation is available in
We have an extensive list of all types of adapted accommodation and care
packages. On request we are able to provide information on accommodation
and services. It is useful for us to know in advance any special
requirements that our clients may need for their stay in
Gloucestershire. We can provide transport to and from most of the
What is so important about standing?
Standing has numerous benefits for individuals affected by paralysis.
Firstly, it gets you out of your wheelchair, stretching the musculature
in the hips (hip flexors), back of thighs (hamstrings) and ankles (calf
musculature). Secondly it is a weight-bearing activity that helps to
maintain bone density. Thirdly whilst seated in a wheelchair all of the
internal organs are squashed together, standing allows all of the organs
to sit in their 'natural' positions.
What is so special
about Physability's custom-built standing-frames?
The standing-frames are custom-built to very high specifications by
design engineer Alastair Wray. The standing-frames allow clients with
the assistance of our therapists to actively exercise the trunk
musculature and lower extremity muscles (hip and thigh musculature) in
ways that are not possible seated in wheelchairs. All of the exercises
in the standing-frames help develop strength, flexibility and
co-ordination that have benefits for seated posture, standing posture
and walking (gait) therapy.
What if I am unable to use the standing-frames?
We can adapt all of our exercises to benefit our clients.
Rehabilitation centre with
disabled access and accessible parking, specialising
in exercise therapy for individuals affected by spinal cord injury, head
injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis & other paralysing conditions
Therapy Centre: Physability and
The Stretch Clinic, Unit 5 & 6 Middle Spillmans Court , Middle
Spillmans, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL53RU
+44 (0) 1453 75 55 57
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