CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT
Individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiac or lung disease, need to have their vital signs closely monitored during exercise e.g. keeping track of heart rate and blood pressure values in individuals with heart disease. This ensures that exercise levels are maintained within safe and manageable levels for maximum benefit. Patients recovering from a stroke, heart attack or those who have Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, spinal cord injuries and other chronic disease conditions require exercise rehabilitation to be as independent as possible in their daily life. This includes basic abilities such as walking with minimal or no assistance, dressing without assistance and going to work.
Biokinetics sessions are done either as land-based exercise or in the water and are adapted to suite each individual’s capacity and ability.
In the case of special needs children, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autism, rehabilitation sessions take the form of “play-as-you-learn” sessions with toys and therapy equipment being used to facilitate a fun environment while achieving the goals for each session; hydrotherapy sessions for children often incorporate the teaching of swimming techniques and water safety which in and of themselves promote strength training, coordination work and balance and the child does not even notice they are doing therapy.