At the LSC gym we give our customers the opportunity to carry out exercises in walking slings.
For many of our gym customer who spend the majority of their day in a wheelchair, to be able to stand upright and get out of their chair is something they really enjoy. Using the sling lets us carry out a wider range of exercises including:
• Walking backwards and forwards
• Walking side to side
• Stepping over step blocks
• Balance sitting on fitballs
• Kicking footballs
All of the exercises have a variety of different aims including improving walking gait, lower body and core strength, balance and co-ordination and most importantly – having fun!
Julia really enjoys throwing, catching and kicking the footballs. Initially Julia found the work quite a challenge but now is very confident while in the sling. Her balance and co-ordination has really improved as she walks backwards and forwards, as well as her lower body strength. Julia is also now able to confidently step over a step block.
Great work Julia, you’re making amazing progress!