Since 2008, MobilityFit Physiotherapy has offered two therapeutic exercise classes to the community: Tai Chi for Arthritis Class and Urban Poling: A Therapeutic Indoor Walking Program. Both programs are taught by Laura Hey (Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis and Urban Poling Instructor) and assisted by staff using the YMCA studio and gymnasium. Both classes focus on providing safe and effective mobility activities for participants in order to regain or enhance range of motion, flexibility, endurance and balance.
Tai Chi for Arthritis
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art form that focuses on performing movements that are slow, gentle and controlled, which is effectively used as therapy for people with arthritis. Tai Chi focuses on exercising your internal structures by using the body and mind, allowing the body to relax in a low impact activity that will not strain sensitive muscles and joints.
Our classes teach the Tai Chi for Arthritis Program developed by Dr. Paul Lam, and include warm-ups, stretches and individual, small group and whole class instruction of the Tai Chi sequences. Need more info? Check out Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health Institute and YouTube for program clips.
Urban Poling: A Therapeutic Indoor Walking Program
Urban Poling is a walking activity that encourages functional leg patterns, improved gait and regular, safe exercise while walking, using the aid of walking poles. The poles equalize weight bearing on both sides of the body for a complete, whole-body workout. The program is specifically designed for people who have chronic conditions, post-surgery or mobility concerns to increase balance, coordination and improve walking patterns in a safe and monitored environment.
Our classes focus on improving walking technique, muscular endurance, balance, leg and core strengthening and include a warm-up of stretches, aerobics, a walking program and a cool-down. We have the activator poles for sale, or you can bring your own. Need more info? Check out www.urbanpoling.com.
MobilityFit therapeutic classes require an assessment prior to commencing to ensure safety and also individualized instruction that can be adapted to fit health needs and conditions of participants.
We run fall, winter and spring sessions on a number of days and times throughout the week. For more information or to sign up for a class, please contact us at 519‑637‑8777.