TFM has been working with Parkinson Clients (PD) since 2013.
Using a protocol of strength, boxing and vibration training. We always notice an improvement with our current clients after each session. PD is of course very complexed and each person has different needs but overall we are confident with our ability to help improve quality of life.
It was not untill around late 2014 that we became aware of a program in Sydney called PD Warriors, which incorporated boxing as the main form of training for clients with PD.
We find a combination of exercise the best. Boxing gets the timing and reflexes working via the left / right brain activity. Strength training helps with stability, balance and power, whilst vibration training fires up the neuromuscular system.
Consistency is the key with PD like all good exercise programs, along with having some FUN.
Maintain your Inner Strength
Whilst we are very experienced in dealing with many different injuries and rehabilitation programs, if we feel you would benefit from someone with more expertise in a certain area than us we will recommend this course of action.
We believe it is crucial that clients select the exercise or allied health professional that suits them relevant to the Rehabilitation stage they are in.
Quite often it will mean you can still attend sessions with us, either private or classes but with some modifications. If the referring allied health professional encourages you to start or continue an exercise program than rest assured we are experts in working in with you and your allied health professional to strengthen and stretch your muscles accordingly.
Some of the areas we may be asked to help clients with are.
Specific Muscle Strength
Flexibility / Mobility
Thoracic Spine Mobility
Neuromuscular Strength / Balance
We also use our Whole Body Vibration (WBV) with many of our rehabilitation clients. WBV was initially developed to counter the effects of zero gravity in space programs in the 1960s. It has since been found to accelerate gains in strength faster and in less time than traditional training. It does this by recruiting more muscle fibres than conventional exercise. WBV is also many used in rehabilitation, increasing strength in hard to get areas, like the pelvic floor and lumbar spine, as well as increasing circulation, which is great for improving mobility in muscles and joints and helping with recovery. Check out our Vibration Training Page for more information on this style of exercise.
Like all good training programs we need to build a good foundation and maintain consistency. TFM is here to help you throughout your rehabilitation journey as well as when you are ready to look to other goals.
The fields of Rehabilitation and Posture are very well related. If one wants to get back on track after an injury then ensuring your posture is good is a must for the best possible outcome in your rehabilitation.
Posture is a function of strength and flexibility combined. If certain muscles are weak, then that can lead to poor posture. For example, rounded shoulders when your upper back is weak. If your chest and shoulder muscles are tight, then that also can lead to rounded shoulders.
Total Fitness Management includes a Postural Analysis during the first session for Personal Training Clients. For class clients we are always giving verbal cues to ensure everyone understands the correct position for each exercise. This also includes some manual adjustments like shoulders down and pelvic tilted to neutral for clients who need some extra attention.