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2301, 2023

Healthfit User Manual

January 23, 2023|

Last year we acquired Healthfit. For us it has been a bit of a whirlwind. So, we have used this opportunity to outline our thinking behind what we do and how we intend to do it.

 

  1. Money, well spent.

We have prioritised spending money on the business where it would be most impactful for our customers. We are mindful we want existing customers and newcomers alike to benefit from the changes.

 

  1. Do one thing well.

We are an Exercise Physiology business. Exercise as medicine is our focus, which will keep us busy!

No manual therapy. No off the wall alternative therapies. Just Exercise Physiology.

Even the WHO have put a focus on the role of exercise, so as much as it is often thought of as a nice to have, here we are putting it back front and centre.

 

  1. Regional can be a destination.

Hatted (Michelin Star) restaurants aren’t always in big cities, often they are a located outside of one. Do they struggle due to this? No, in fact they become a destination. Your location doesn’t have to be a limitation.

We want to help as many people who need it as possible and to do that we need to grow! We need to attract talent to or from our area. Our aspiration is to Inspire people through the prestige of our reputation from our customers, referral pathways or by sharing our ambition of gold standard treatment though using the latest up to date research. Our very own Michelin star standard.

 

  1. Human approach.

We know that having a health condition can often feel lonely and care can feel fragmented.

We also know that being a number in a large company doesn’t motivate anyone… in the end and forging your own way is lonely.

Client or Staff our goal is to support you.

 

  1. Focusing on our mission.

Our specialism based on our community is aged related conditions. That doesn’t have to mean chair exercises and coloured weights and bands. Google people over 40 exercising… trust us, that’s all the images you will find. Our mission, is to treat the individually rather than their age or condition by removing limitations. We are in the business of building confidence, independence and self belief!

2912, 2022

Knee Replacement Considerations

December 29, 2022|

Having taken over Healthfit in March this year, we have noticed a trend in bilateral knee replacements so here are seven things you should consider before having a replacement:
1. Lifestyle changes: Have I had an Increase or reduction in activity, change of activities and change of work duties?
2. Weight management: Have I gained weight recently? Has it affected the way my knees feel?
3. Knee function when performing activities of daily living: Can I sit to stand of a chair, walk and perform household chores with limited discomfort and similar function as normal?
4. Night pain: Do I have night pain?
5. Pre-surgery exercise & recovery time: Have I loaded the knee joint to improve function? Have I tested the mobility and strength of my knee joint? Would I need a knee replacement if I consistently strengthened my lower limbs? How long will it take to recovery from surgery? When will I be able to get back to normal activities
6. Scans: Do the results of my scans that I was requested to have by my surgeon matter If I currently am able to continue with my life without pain or reduced function?
7. Health professional biases: Have the medical professionals I have seen biased my decision to have surgery?
512, 2022

The misconceptions of common movements

December 5, 2022|

Trunk flexion, static postures and squatting are often the most common positions which clients hold the strongest misconceptions about. Therefore, individuals executing these movements often do so in a mechanical way due to fear, pain and strong beliefs.

Recent evidence suggests that there is no incorrect posture when sitting, standing or bending down to pick something up (Wai et al. 2010; Straker 2003).

In order to change learnt and ingrained behaviour we need to look at the persons lifestyle as a whole and use experimental learning with many different movements and postures to build confidence and self belief in their bodies ability.

 

111, 2022

Exercise as medicine for cancer

November 1, 2022|

Exercise as medicine is an extremely important part of cancer treatment from cancer diagnosis through to remission. If there was a pill called exercise it would be prescribed to every patient.

Although sometimes exercise is the last thing an individual suffering from cancer or treatment side affects would think of doing but the evidence strongly supports exercise as one of the main treatments in fighting cancer.

Below we have outlined the benefits exercise can have at each stage in someone’s journey:

Cancer Diagnosis

  • Important for mental health as it aids in reducing anxiety and depression
  • Prepares the body for aggressive treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Prepares the body for surgery
  • Reduces the risk of fatigue through treatment and recovery by building strength and resilience
  • Lower medical expenses as it will reduce the time in hospital
  • Minimize physical decline in terms of strength and fitness

During treatment and surgery

  • Reduces time in hospital
  • Reduces treatment side effects
  • Helps the body tolerate aggressive cancer treatments
  • Reduce inflammation caused by cancer medications and treatments
  • Reduce muscle mass decline

Recovery

  • Reduces overall recovery time
  • Improves quality of life
  • Reduces the risk of cancer reoccurrence
  • Improves overall function to perform pre cancer daily activities
  • Helps with weight management
  • Reduce the side effects of ongoing medication

We at Healthfit have experience of treating all stages of cancer and would highly recommend exercise as early as possible in your cancer journey.

 

 

2010, 2022

Can an Occupational Therapist and Exercise Physiologist work together?

October 20, 2022|

Both allied health professionals when working with a client are working towards the shared goal of enabling individuals to improve their independent function and perform activities of daily living. Although the lens through which these are executed is different – use of aids and exercises. Both of these allow clients to achieve their goals more efficiently and safely.

When in the process should they work together?

  • Both allied health professionals can work together at the start of treating a client.
  • An exercise physiologist will normally continue treatment once an Occupational Therapist has put specific aids in place.
  • An Occupational Therapist may return to modify any equipment depending on the progress or regress of the client.

What does working together look like?

  • Both allied health professionals would complete initial assessments with the clients separately.
  • Best practice would be to liaise at this point, once the assessments have been completed. As an exercise physiologist could benefit from understanding what aids the occupational therapist has recommended and in contrast what functions and client goals need to be addressed from a physical and lifestyle point of view which will be included within the exercise physiology report.
  • An AEP can tailor certain movements to incorporate the aids that are recommended by the OT.

Healthfit values liaising with other allied health professionals to give clients the best possible outcome in achieving their goals.

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