A new specialist rehabilitation therapy centre designed to encourage people with long term health conditions to exercise has specified a range of adaptive equipment.
Operated by Valley Leisure, the new ‘I Can Therapy Centre’ has 10 specially-adapted power assisted exercise machines from UK manufacturer, Shapemaster, as well as a full time onsite physiotherapist to screen, assess and deliver exercise programmes for users with varying conditions and abilities.
Liz Murray, community health development manager at Valley Leisure said the firm’s sole aim is to enable people to move more and feel better.
“Through the operation of our new Power Assisted Exercise facility, powered by Shapemaster, we are certain that we can make a real difference to help many people live as well as they can for as long as they can.”
The centre was officially opened by stroke survivor and child protection campaigner, Sara Payne MBE on Thursday 23 November in attendance of healthcare professionals, local council representatives and specialist interest groups.
Payne commented: “The facilities offered at the I Can Therapy Centre are absolutely superb and the whole ethos of the team is incredibly inspiring. I wish centres like these were available in every town and city across the country, not just for the physical rehabilitation which in itself is vitally important, but for the social engagement that Liz and her team are clearly focussed on delivering”.
The specialist equipment adopted by the centre enables users to exercise passively or actively, depending on their abilities. Shapemaster’s equipment has also been customised for optimum accessibility.
Howard Blackburn, managing director at Shapemaster, said that the team at Valley Leisure were very clear that that the equipment needed to be accessible to all user groups.
“With this in mind, our engineers have made some design advances to our standard product range which include; removable arms and footplates for easy access in addition to free standing console units for enhanced usability”.
Murray added: “We are absolutely staggered by the interest we have received from local healthcare providers and their patients. The launch event itself attracted many people with varying long term health conditions such as Fibromyalgia, MS and those living with the physical effects of a stroke some of whom have already signed up and are very enthusiastic to move more and feel better”.