For Special Populations

This is an area of healthcare that has been largely ignored…until now.

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic disease –a health condition that is persistent (more than three months) or otherwise long-lasting in its effect. And even more Americans have received some form of medical rehabilitation for an injury or illness. The majority of these people have something in common–they can enhance their quality of life with a well-designed program of exercise and physical activity.

In the past, the fitness and conditioning options available to these people have been largely limited to participation in fitness centers and community recreation programs. Also, the expertise of the staff at these clubs has varied considerably. Most likely, you will not find individuals who have specific education and experience in dealing with the special needs of people who are not entirely healthy.

We are well into our second decade of providing innovative exercise solutions for persons with special health requirements. Our experience, education, certification, and dedication has created a means to address many chronic health issues such as, but not limited to the following:

  • Cardiac and pulmonary disease
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid and osteo)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis (bone loss)
  • Sarcopenia (muscle loss)
  • Posture, balance, and gait issues

We created our business to fill the need of individuals who are given clearance to exercise following treatment for a disease, injury or other health challenge, but lack the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out this directive on their own.

Though the tide is turning toward lifestyle modification as a means for improving quality of life, many healthcare professionals lack formal education and practical experience in such related areas as exercise physiology, motivation, goal setting, bio-mechanics, and exercise methods.

Because of the above, patients are left on their own to fulfill this aspect of their discharge instructions–to begin or return to physical activity and exercise. We possess the tools necessary for conducting proper screening and assessment, as well as designing effective and personal programs for each individual, as each person has different challenges.

The following are an example of the tools we use for screening, evaluation, and assessment of a begging client:

  • Have the client provide a pre-activity health history to gain insight into our client’s present condition.
  • Determine how the client’s perceived problem relates to all levels of physical activity.
  • Obtain information about old and new musculoskeletal injuries and use the information to accurately develop a conditioning plan.
  • Identify and learn about any other conditions (e.g., hypertension may exist stemming from another issue) that may influence exercise performance.
  • Obtain a list of any medication(s) the client is currently taking and how each drug may effect exercise ability and performance results, particularly the cardiovascular response to physical exertion.

We realize how important the role  physical activity plays in improving the health of individuals that face the challenges of rehabilitation for orthopedic problems, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary disorders, neurological conditions and immune dysfunction.

A huge part of our success at Mind to Motion is our desire and ability to provide a safe and effective bridge for clients to cross from the structured clinical treatment and/or rehabilitation environment to our community environments.

We work closely with members of the healthcare community, including physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, nutritionists, psychologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to assure there is quality communication regarding our client’s welfare.

 

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