Blaser’s Physiotherapy Clinic is now offering a 12 week strength and cardiorespiratory conditioning programme for:
- sedentary individuals over forty with no prior exercise experience who have no known coronary artery disease
- sedentary individuals who suffer from chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and old motor vehicle accidents
- osteoporotic individuals who have been diagnosed as having significant disease
- sedentary individuals with stable diabetes
As you know, people with chronic diseases are often severely deconditioned, their poor aerobic power or physical work capacity making even the activities of daily living or work difficult to perform. Our conditioning programme is designed to help these people achieve the muscular fitness, cardiorespiratory endurance, functional capacity, and joint and muscle flexibility they need to perform these activities. It is also designed to assist those who suffer from chronic pain to manage their pain more effectively and, in consequence, to improve their sense of well-being.
The strength and cardiorespiratory conditioning programme involves:
- an initial comprehensive assessment, including a history and a physical examination performed by a registered physiotherapist
- screening for coronary artery disease and cardiac problems, as well as non-cardiac disorders
- submaximal stress tests, if appropriate, to establish a cardiorespiratory baseline
- individualized exercise programs with one-on-one supervision, guidance and monitoring by a physiotherapist and a certified strength trainer
We follow the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for exercise testing in our initial assessment. We use Borg’s rating of perceived exertion, visual observation, exercise heart rate and blood pressure readings to prescribe exercise intensity parameters and to monitor safety and individual progress.
Upon completing our programme, participants will have the knowledge and base level fitness they need to independently pursue a long-term exercise programme at a community-based fitness facility of their choice.
Exercise screening, monitoring and prescription are provided by Bernard Blaser (B.A./B.P.H.E.,B.Sc. P.T., M.C.P.A.). His therapeutic approach conforms with the guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine.