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Be Active Health Solutions | Exercise Physiology

Be Active is pleased to continue providing you with core services and programs in accordance with the latest Department of Health guidelines during these challenging times.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has not limited our services as we are able to provide these services and programs in the client’s home, while adhering to the current social distancing policies.

We also have a comprehensive response plan in place to support our capability to meet the needs of our clients as the situation develops.

Be Active can also set clients up with the video consulting software, Zoom, to allow us to safely provide progressions to the program, monitor progress towards goals and to provide valuable and up-to-date information to all parties.

Telehealth services refers to the delivery of consultations via video or telephone.

This is a great service for high risk COVID –19 clients, or for those in rural areas who may be lacking some treatment.

  • Consultations are inclusive of any electronic communication to support the delivery of the treatment service
  • The appropriateness of this mode of service delivery is considered for each worker on a case-by-case basis
  • Service providers are responsible for delivering Telehealth services in accordance with the principles of professional conduct and the relevant professional and practice guidelines to ensure that all care is taken to ensure the safety, appropriateness and effectiveness of the service
  • Telehealth services may be conducted via platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, or over the phone pending the ability of the user
  • The initial session and some exercises may be completed face-to-face to explain and teach the client how to use the platform, thereafter, moving to an online platform.

The Be Active Match Fit Program is utilised to help your client prepare for surgery. Continuing to have your clients involved in strength-based programs is also helpful for recovery.

Being active before surgery is a great way to help speed up your client’s recovery post-surgery and return them to their Activities of Daily Living Sooner.

Due to COVID –19 all nonessential surgery is being postponed until a later date.

For example, someone undergoing knee surgery will benefit from strengthening the muscles around their knee in the months leading up to surgery. It’s also important to remember other parts of their body that they may need to rely on more post-surgery, like their core and arms. For example, strengthening triceps (the muscles on the back of their arms) can help your client better use crutches, stand up from a seated position or get out of bed.

The KyzEngage Program aims to motivate and engage struggling individuals into a routine and community-based activity program. During this time more than ever clients are needing to comply with government direction and self-isolate. Given exercise physiology services are an essential service, this all-encompassing program engages the individual on a home, community, activity, social and personal level to develop routine, increase resilience, reconnect the individual back into the community and improve overall independence.

KyzEngage will also lead to improvements in:

  • Mood
  • Energy
  • Sleep
  • Concentration
  • Appetite
  • Positivity and outlook on life
  • Functional capacity for Personal growth, hobbies and work

KyzEngage will ensure that only one clinician is engaged throughout the duration of the program to promote familiarity and trust.

Be Active ensures that we develop physical capacity in the sessions while holistically focusing on developing mental capacity and ensuring it can be sustained independently.

Incidental capacity is developed throughout the program as the individual builds compliance and routine in their life.

A comprehensive functional capacity assessment designed to determine if an employee can undertake the physical demands of a specific job role. The assessment is administered by a professionally trained Exercise Physiologist and can then be reviewed by an Occupational Physician.

The assessment provides:

  • An objective assessment of employee fitness
  • Additional job match information, demonstrating the individual’s performance against the requirements of their specified job role
  • Quality of manual handling technique and feedback during the assessment
  • Confirmation from an Occupational Physician regarding fitness for the role

Work Trials are extremely beneficial in an injured person’s return to work. They provide an environment for an injured person to gradually increase their hours and duties and progress towards returning to their pre-injury role.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses having to close, there are less and less work trials available in the current market.

This is where a graded exercise program that is specifically tailored to a worker’s job role can be just as beneficial in preparing an injured person physically for the tasks they must perform, while also building self confidence in their ability to complete job-specific tasks, establish routines, and improve mental health so they are in a better head space to return to work.

Examples of specific exercises to replicate job demands include:

  • Concreter – prolonged periods of trunk flexion
    • Bent-over Dumbbell rows
    • Standing barbell row in trunk flexion
    • Deadlifts
    • Good mornings
    • Low row on cable
    • Sled push/pull (wheelbarrow simulation)
    • Focus on low weight/high repetitions for prolonged periods
  • Scaffolder – frequent work above shoulder height, frequent ladder/stair use, balancing on uneven surfaces.
    • Isometric front raise
    • High row with cable
    • Overhead press
    • Step ups – weighted
    • Balance – single leg with med ball throws
    • Dura disc balance
  • Lab technician – prolonged repetitive work at waist to chest level
    • Isometric wrist flexion/extension in shoulder flexion
    • Shoulder internal/external rotation
    • Towel squeezes in shoulder flexion
    • Farmer’s carry

Designed to restore functional and work capacities to the injured person through application of graded work simulation.

This includes activities designed to improve overall physical condition, including:

  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Coordination specific to work activity
  • Means for coping with any remaining symptoms from the original problem, such as pain

Central to all work hardening programs is the reproduction of a work-like environment where tasks are designed to improve the injured person’s tolerance for productive work

Be Active can provide specifically tailored exercise programs to an injured person that provides exercises that closely replicate that injured person’s required tasks in their role. The current COVID-19 pandemic has not limited our services as we are able to provide these programs in the client’s home, while adhering to the current social distancing policies.

Be Active can also set clients up with the video consulting software, Zoom, to allow us to safely provide progressions to the program, monitor their progress towards their goals and provide valuable and up to date information to all parties.

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