Last week Sallyanne shared her story on how she re-gained her strength after her spinal cord injury. This week she shares how Neurokenix has helped her condition her body.
Activity based rehabilitation has two main goals, to stimulate the whole body to work as one unit again and if possible to re-establish some form of link or pathway between the paralysed and functioning parts and too improve the body’s condition as much as possible to allow the client to be stronger, fitter and more independent. The approach is to target the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems rather than only the functioning areas of the body. The centres uses a variety of weight-bearing activities, balance, stand training, gait and locomotor training, electrical stimulation, upper and lower body ergometry, vibration therapy and strength training. The benefits of this type of rehabilitation are improving muscle bulk, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, neurological function, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, and boosts psychological wellbeing.
Since I have been attending Neurokenix in Bristol once a week I can see a huge difference in my fitness level, my lower limbs use to be very oedematous and now I can actually visibly see the reduction in my ankles. Standing helps with circulation, which helps maintain blood pressure. The many benefits of standing are proving so positive for me and the standing I can do at home is helping to increase bone density, by standing it helps to increase bone density making the leg bones much stronger. This will prove valuable to me with my riding if I fall off! Most of my work in the gym is done in a stand frame where I can access all the other pieces of equipment.
Neurokenix offer a NHS referral programme for early stages of recovery from spinal cord injury. Sessions are tailored towards individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury in the past 12 months. Your GP, physio or consultant can refer you for 6 free sessions. Neurokenix have centres in Watford, Gatwick and Bristol and are staffed by highly trained passionate individuals, who are enthusiastic about pushing you to get the most out of the session.