Here at The Chiswick Nursing Centre, our physiotherapy team offers a range of chair-based activities, tailored to the needs of individuals. Before the Covid restrictions were introduced, we ran weekly chair-based yoga sessions which we have now reintroduced with good social distancing in place to ensure safety for all. We also continue to work with residents individually to maintain their muscle strength and mobility
Many of our exercises involve the use of resistance bands and balls. These are well suited to those who are unable to do standard weight-bearing activity such as standing up or walking short distances. Such exercises build the leg and other muscles to assist walking and balance whilst hand and arm exercise assist dexterity.
One of the most common and beneficial exercises for those who are able to get out of a chair is a simple ‘sit-to-stand’ – raising oneself out of a chair without using the hands. Repeated a number of times, it strengthens hip and leg muscles to improve mobility.
Another seated, leg muscle improving exercise is to raise the leg using a resistance band. Repeating the exercise strengthens the quadriceps (thigh) muscles. Leg muscles can also be improved by squeezing a resistance ball between the thighs.
Sometimes people have doubts or fears about exercise if they have not been mobile for a while or never been great fans of exercise. It is here that our qualified physiotherapy staff play a vital role, encouraging residents to participate by reassuring them that the session will be fun and not too vigorous.
The benefits of these workouts are wide ranging with the emphasis on helping those in our care to be as mobile as possible. Group exercise, social interaction and laughter have well documented beneficial effects on our mental wellbeing.
Our group sessions are good fun, popular and beneficial in so many ways. Our goal is to work with all of our Residents to keep them as fit as possible for as long as possible.