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Spinal Cord Injury & Exercise

Why exercise is important for persons with a spinal cord injury?

Exercise for a person with a spinal cord injury is important in the prevention of developing secondary complications. This includes a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, urinary tract infections, osteoporosis, hospitalisation, obesity, diabetes, respiratory infections, overuse injuries and muscular imbalances.

Exercise can help improve:

-         Neural capacity
-         Functional capacity
-         Cardiovascular function
-         Muscular endurance
-         Muscle and bone mass
-         Range of motion
-         Psychological well-being
-         Quality of life
-         Pain levels
-         Sleep quality

Common Barriers to Exercise:

-         Lack of accessible facilities
-         Affordability of equipment/facilities
-         Absence of exercise knowledge
An accredited exercise physiologist can help you over come these. Exercise physiologists are accessible under your NDIS plan. Contact us to find out how on  1300 869 169.

Why do I need an exercise physiologist?

Its important to consider theaffects a spinal cord injury can have on the body during exercise. For example:
–       Blood pressure changes
–       Temperature regulation issues
–       Heart rate variations 

Therefore it’s important to seek appropriate exercise advice from an exercise physiologist. Exercise physiologists are university qualified with an extensive knowledge of various medical conditions. They can assist you to create the most appropriate and effective training program suited to you.

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