In our community there are many people with muscle weakness, mobility, balance issues and also upper body weaknesses that affect their quality of life.
It could be complications from multiple sclerosis, arthritis, Parkinson’s, diabetes, heart or stroke problems, post operation weakness, illness or simply the aging process.
Because it is so imperative to keep and improve as much strength and mobility as possible, the Sunshine Coasters MS Support Group is fundraising in order to buy a Thera-Vital Exercise Trainer, which uses active passive exercise therapy, and is designed to be used when seated either in a stationary chair or wheelchair. Getting on and off stationary machines can be dangerous if your legs or upper body are weak or your balance is compromised. Both upper and lower body benefit from using this machine. It can be used mechanically or electronically and has numerous programmable features designed so the user can be challenged depending on their personal fitness level. It is even equipped with a “spasm detection” feature that automatically stops the machine if a spasm is detected. This is especially useful for post-stroke individuals or those with MS or Parkinson’s.
The piece of equipment would be installed in the fitness room at the Gibsons and Area Community Centre and donated to the Sunshine Coast Regional District. This way the machine will be available to and benefit many people who have diminished use of their legs and arms in the community.
The public is invited to see a demonstration of the machine in room 219C at the community centre on Tuesday, March 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The total cost of the machine, including taxes, is $7,650. Fundraising and grants are therefore required to raise this amount.
For further information, please contact Denise Howse at 604-886-2466 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.