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Walk On is an individually designed intensive activity based exercise program to assist a person with a spinal cord injury to improve and maximise their functional ability and lead a more independent life. The program involves intense, dynamic, weight-bearing exercises all performed out of the wheelchair one-on-one with a qualified Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist.
Walk On is a community based exercise program available to people following their discharge from hospital. A pilot study conducted with Walk On client’s demonstrated improvements in general mobility, quality of life, muscle strength and psychological wellbeing. Improvements in independence were also found. Clients report many other benefits including improved general health, greater positivity, increased confidence to participate in the community and a reduction in care hours.
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Key information about Walk On
Each client’s individually tailored exercise program is aimed at developing skills necessary to achieve specific functional goals and comprises
of two hour sessions up to three times per week at a Walk On facility.
- Strengthening of the core/trunk
- Strengthening of the upper and lower limbs
- Whole body exercises
- Partial or full weight-bearing activities,
- Balance and postural control exercises
- Locomotor training
- Functional Electrical Stimulation including cycling, stepping and standing actitivites.
The Walk On program is extremely beneficial as a person with a spinal cord injury simply cannot exercise their entire body without significant personalised assistance. The exercise sessions are always one-on-one with a Walk On therapist, however some exercises require hands-on assistance from more than one person and Walk On offers the flexibility to have extra therapists or students assist with exercises as required.
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