Exercise can be hugely beneficial in the management of chronic conditions and disabilities. You can improve strength, balance, sleep, the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions, and cognition. Exercise Physiologists’ can assist any individual who may benefit from exercise, including those with physical and mental health conditions. 

Connect2Care’s Melbourne-based Exercise Physiologist, Matilda, has been working alongside her client to find a sustainable and enjoyable regime, resulting in improved compliance and better outcomes. The goal was to increase independence, strength, and confidence, and Matilda was able to engage her client in the activity of boxing successfully. 

Matilda’s client continues to engage in weekly Exercise Physiology sessions and regularly performs their home exercise program outside of these sessions. The results have been astounding, with her client indicating that daily boxing is an incredibly positive method of managing her negative emotions. They have also demonstrated improvement in their strength and technique. Matilda is now working on incorporating more challenging variations of exercises into the exercise program so that her client can continue to reach and exceed exercise goals, striving to improve their physical and mental health.

NDIS Approved Exercise Physiology | Connect2Care

It is a common belief that our tissue heals after an injury, and pain usually goes away. Yet, many Australians experience pain after the healing process is complete. When pain persists beyond three months, this is defined as “Chronic Pain.”

Chronic Pain Explained: 

A common explanation is that chronic pain occurs due to the changes in our nervous system; the pain receptors become more sensitised and keep the nerves firing, signalling pain to the brain.

Factors:  

Factors contributing to chronic pain include stress, anxiety; sleep; diet; and psychological trauma. When dealing with chronic pain, taking a holistic approach to care is essential. How can we achieve this? Practising mindfulness, speaking to a psychologist or developing a regular sleep routine and a healthy diet can promote our physical and mental health.

 

At Connect2Care, we will match you with your preferred healthcare professional as our team’s promotion of physical and mental health is a top priority.

Joanne’s message:  

“No matter how you choose to approach chronic pain, it is always important to remember that any movement is better than no movement at all.” 

Make the move now! 

As an OT working in the NDIS space with clients with mental health and psychosocial issues, we have many opportunities to make meaningful and lasting contributions to peoples’ lives and journeys.
 
One such story was a client I recently worked with who did not have suitable permanent accommodation due to her complex behaviours.  
As such, she was facing imminent homelessness. As her OT, I worked with her medical and therapy team to assess, report and advocate for a permanent housing solution that would meet her complex behavioural issues and long term needs.
 
 What justified inclusion into community programs, access to social groups and assistance with personal and instrumental activities to ensure she could lead a meaningful and satisfying future.
NDIS Approved Housing Supports | Connect2Care
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