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Specialist equipment to encourage mobility among elderly

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A UK manufacturer of specialist therapy equipment has supplied a new therapy centre which is designed to elderly people to exercise and stay mobile.

Operated by independent charity, Valley Leisure LTD, the centre has eight accessible power assisted exercise machines supplied by Shapemaster and a Medicotech Thera-trainer.

The specialist equipment adopted by the centre enables users to exercise passively or actively, depending on their abilities.

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Users of the facility also have the option of accessing affordable and individualised physiotherapy sessions.

Physiotherapy treatments include soft tissue mobilisation, balance rehabilitation and mobility interventions to optimise physical wellbeing and performance.

Liz Murray, community health development manager, Valley Leisure, commented, “Valley Leisure’s sole aim is to enable people to move more and feel better and through the operation of our new Power Assisted Exercise facility 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.”

Emma Richards, managing director at Sheffield Neuro Physiotherapy, added, “Sheffield has been in desperate need of a centre like this for many years.

“Being able to offer power assisted exercise alongside physiotherapy interventions will not only benefit those with neurological conditions but will also support the needs of many older adults and those with long term conditions, ultimately encouraging and enabling independent living.”

The centre, which has referral pathways mapped out from local healthcare providers, has already welcomed its first group of users.

Murray added: “We are absolutely staggered by the interest we have received from local healthcare providers, who not only see the clinical value in our offering, but the social benefits for a wide range of user groups including older and vulnerable adults.

“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.”

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