EXERCISE AS MEDICINE NZ

THE NEUROGYM

Exercise for those who are recovering from a stroke or other neurological conditions.

FAQs

What conditions do you work with? We established the NeuroGym largely to cater for stroke survivors, however such is the demand from people living with other neurological challenges that we now work with a range of conditions from stroke to Parkinson’s, MS, brain injury, ataxia and neuropathy.

What physical challenges does stroke present? It depends on where in the brain the stroke occurs, but in very general terms: A stroke impedes the way the nerves communicate with the muscles, which can lead to muscles going into spasm for long periods (spasticity) or a complete lack of voluntary movement in a limb (flaccidity). Both impact lower limb function (gait), upper limb function (reach, grip etc.) and balance.

How do you work with these challenges? In simple terms, there are three main focuses when working with stroke. The first is to increase muscle strength and power, the second is to re-establish damaged neurological connections and the third is to improve balance. A key driver of recovery is neuroplasticity.

What is neuroplasticity? Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of the brain to change and adapt due to experience. This happens to all of us all the time, but in the case of neurological conditions, we are specifically looking to create new neural pathways to compensate for the damaged ones and thus restore a degree of function.

How does this work? In order to create new pathways, we need to feed the correct signals to the brain over and over again. Every time we do this, it strengthens the new pathway.

Where do other neurological conditions fit into the equation? The same neuroplastic principles apply to Parkinson’s, MS, neuropathy and so on. The difference is that we will have different goals for different conditions.

Where and when does the NeuroGym operate? The NeuroGym works on an open-gym basis, which means that you can attend at any time between Mondays & Thursdays, 12.00pm-2.30pm at Bishopdale Recreation Centre, Bishopdale Mall, Bishopdale.

 

Please contact Tim Webster to arrange a trial session: tim@eamnz.com or 021 0228 2551.

 

 

Testimonials

Janet S

“I’ve been attending Kris’s class for four years. My balance and core strength have improved remarkably and also my flexibility, all helping me to maintain an active lifestyle into my 80s”

Janet S (Use it or Lose it)