2/7 Dover Drive Burleigh Heads Q 4220

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EXERCISE & NEUROPLASTICITY

Located on the Gold Coast we are a vibrant specialist spinal cord injury recovery centre committed to providing effective and efficient exercise based therapy to help our clients reach their full recovery potential as well as achieve and maintain optimal health and fitness. 

Exercise after sustaining a spinal cord injury presents new challenges and our accredited exercise physiologists are trained in prescribing exercise therapy for spinal cord injury specific to each individual's goals and needs. Our centre also houses adaptive rehabilitation equipment not found in commercial gyms. 

We are committed to restoring maximum neuromuscular function of our clients to improve their ability to complete everyday living tasks more easily  and achieve their desired quality of life. 

Why Exercise?

Everybody needs to exercise to maintain or achieve optimal health and fitness. Sedentary living increases an individuals risk of developing several diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Regular physical activity can contribute to the following health benefits;

  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

  • Optimal body weight and composition

  • Healthy cholesterol profile

  • Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes

  • Reduced risk of several cancers

  • Stronger bones, muscles, joints and reduced risk of osteoporosis

  • Improved wellbeing

 

Research on the effects of exercise after sustaining a spinal cord injury, has shown that exercise can help promote neural regeneration, improve muscle strength, respiration (breathing), circulation, body composition, self-esteem, self-confidence, depression, anxiety and independence. It also helps to prevent secondary complications including;

  • Decreased bone mineral density 

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Respiratory tract infections

  • Diabetes

  • Increased fat mass/obesity

  • Pressure sores

  • Spasticity

  • Edema

  • Increased pain

Individuals living with a spinal cord injury who undertake a regular exercise program show significant improvement in pain scores, as well as improved depression scores. Even light to moderate walking or swimming can contribute to an overall sense of well-being by improving blood and oxygen flow to tense, weak muscles. Less stress equals less pain.

Exercise after sustaining a spinal cord injury presents new challenges and barriers. Our specialist accredited exercise physiologists are trained in prescribing and adapting exercises specific for the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and neuromuscular recovery. All programs are individualised to meet each client's goals and needs. Our centre also houses specific rehabilitation equipment not found in commercial gyms. 

Exercise to Promote Neuroplasticity

Traditionally it was thought that the brain and nervous system, which consists of around 100 billion neural cells, could not generate new ones. This old model of the brain's inability to regenerate new nerve cells is no longer relevant. This new understanding of neural cell generation is an incredible discovery for those living with neurological conditions. Another misconception was that the brain had an inability to create new neural pathways. New studies using brain scanning technology, have shown that new neural cells as well as new neural pathways are generated throughout our entire life. 

Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of the brain to reorganise its neural network by creating new neural pathways to adapt, as it needs in states of both health and disease. This accounts for the body's ability to learn and refine new skills, as well as overcome neural impairment and regain or improve lost function after neural trauma such as spinal cord injury or stroke.