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Resistance in milon’s Train Tec
series is provided by an electric
motor, which allows resistance
to be raised in 1kg increments
of specifi city – namely, the muscle can
be challenged in the specifi c range
which requires strengthening. You can
also vary the resistance to maintain the
optimal level of force throughout the
range of motion, taking into account the
individual’s limits and abilities.”
Hofmann adds: “Research indicates
the benefi ts of eccentric training: the
neuronal mechanisms involved in this
type of training are activated even under
low loads. Greater contractile strength
can also be achieved in the early stages
of rehab, which means that the affected
structures are stabilised more rapidly and
rehabilitation achieved more quickly. This for Technogym UK, says: “Kinesis effort required to lift a static weight at
form of training can strengthen the joints’ [Technogym’s cable system] offers the beginning of an exercise and slow
connective-tissue structures. a consistency of force in all ranges, it down at the end. This produces a
“The milon Train Tec series enables allowing 360 degrees of movement via a smoother resistance curve or profi le
individuals recovering from injury to closed loop cable system. For example, that reduces stress on joints and
train solely eccentrically. Resistance is for the shoulder, the force produced connective tissues while optimising
provided by an electric motor which follows the movement and is not muscular effect. Range limiters and a
allows the training resistance to be fi xed. This enables a safe environment zero-resistance option also facilitate
raised in increments of 1kg.” to increase proprioception of the passive and assisted mobilisation,
There are also a variety of other ways stabilisers within the shoulder joint.” allowing rehabilitation to begin at the
to train using other forms of resistance. Meanwhile, HUR’s use of air as acute phase or, for chronic conditions,
Grant Powles, national master trainer resistance overcomes the additional to improve daily function.
xercise 4 All is an award-winning rehabilitation centre visits the centre three times a week and her circuit consists
that’s designed to help improve the lifestyles of people of fi ve minutes on an upright bike – we will eventually build
in Derbyshire – helping those with disabilities or this up to 10 minutes – followed by walking on a treadmill for
people suffering from major illnesses to cope with their fi ve to 10 minutes, then two minutes on a cross-trainer and
condition and improve their general wellbeing. Clients range fi nally fi nishing on the recumbent bike. The main objective of
from 14 to 92 years old. the programme we have designed for her is to improve her
Joyce Coupe, GP referral consultant at Exercise 4 All, overall mobility, fi tness and lung effi ciency.
says: “Our role is to help each “While patients are exercising,
individual to improve their health team members monitor blood
and lifestyle in the most effective pressure. They use a number
way possible. Instructors begin of methods to do this: the RP
by taking patients through a 15- scale, measuring exertion rates,
minute warm-up on a recumbent observation and a talk test.
bike, set to a manual programme. This process is very important,
This helps prepare the muscles as blood pressure is a strong
for exercise and allows the indicator of how the patient is
instructor to check the patient’s coping with their rehabilitation.”
heart rate and prescribe the The centre works with 15
correct level of resistance. GP surgeries, with a number
“Next, the patient’s session of hospitals in Derbyshire
follows a cardiovascular circuit also recommending it to their
format. For example, we treat an patients. Matrix supplied the
85-year-old lady who suffers from centre with a range of equipment
a number of complaints, including Rehabilitation normally includes work including treadmills, upright bikes
arthritis in all major joints. She on bikes, treadmills and cross-trainers and cross-trainers.
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