Walk On

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. 

Click here to find out the locations of the Walk On facilities.

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.

Sessions involve:

  • 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. 

More information 

Discover more about how exercise helps people with spinal cord injury and similar disabilities live more independently at the SCIA Independence Expo, 15 and 16 April 2016, Australian Technology Park, Sydney.

Entry is free, click here to register to attend.

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