Where is it used?
Power assisted exercise equipment is used by individuals all over the world in a variety of outlets which include specialist rehabilitation & therapy centres, hospitals, care homes and leisure centres.
- Plug and play installation
- Removable components for easy access and transfer of service users/ patients
- Dual function promotes simultaneous movement of upper body and lower limbs
- User friendly console
- Soft supports for good positioning and alignment
Who uses it?
Power assisted exercise equipment can be used by almost anyone regardless of age or disability. There is also a large growing number of individuals using the equipment to manage long term conditions and symptoms such as:
Balance and co-ordination problems
Dementia Parkinson's Disease
Post-operative rehabilitation, e.g. hip and knee replacements
Orthopaedic conditions, e.g. Scoliosis
Respiratory conditions, e.g. asthma, COPD, post COVID
Spinal cord injury Brain injury Cerebral Palsy
MS and other neurological conditions
Shapemaster equipment has enabled me to exercise for the first time in six years and help me regain a more confident post-stroke mobility in addition to healthy weight loss. Anyone waking up from a stroke should have access to this unique and innovative power assisted exercise equipment.
- Assistive mechanism supports initiation and enables sustained movement experience
- Repeated movements for improved neuro plasticity
- Supports fatigue management
- Reciprocal and bilateral movement patterns to promote symmetry
- Integration of lateral flexion and trunk rotation for increased rib cage mobility
- Combination therapy enables both cardiovascular & strength training
- Increased muscle strength associated with movement effort
- Group facilities support positive peer interaction
A recent survey conducted amongst over 300 service users indicated
I Can Therapy Centre
The I Can Therapy Centre in Andover was launched in November 2017. Owned, operated and managed by independent charity Valley Leisure Ltd.
West Berkshire Therapy Centre
West Berkshire Therapy Centre is a registered is a specialised therapy centre for people with disabilities. It was awarded the Queen’s Award for voluntary service.
The Ab Pullover provides a combination of stretching and strengthening which helps to improve shoulder and hip flexibility, and strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and back.
Chest & Legs
The Chest & Legs machine assists flexion and extension of all four limbs. The ability to move easily from sitting to standing is important for functional independence and requires strength within the extensor muscles groups. The push down action of the legs will strengthen the thigh and gluteal muscles. The rowing action of the arms will strengthen the arm and shoulder muscles.
The Cross Cycle promotes lower limb movement, and flexion and extension of the upper limbs. This exercise will promote strengthening of the thigh and shoulder muscles and improves aerobic fitness.
Flys & Thighs
The Flys & Thighs machine firms inner and outer thighs, helps to strengthen and shape the chest and shoulder areas, and increases mobility in the hip and shoulder joints. The upper body performs an upright fly exercise targeting the pectorals, whilst legs are performing abductor and adductor exercises, helping to strength the hips and thighs.
It is important to cool down gradually at the end of an exercise session. The Relaxer offers vibratory stimulation which promotes relaxation at the end of an exercise session. Several physiological benefits are associated with vibration therapy. Research studies indicate that it can increase bone density, improve standing balance, reduce pain and decrease stiffness. These physiological responses will benefit the symptoms associated with long term conditions and the ageing process.
The Seated Climber is predominantly a cardiovascular machine which exercises both the upper and lower body, combining a lateral pulldown and shoulder press movement with a leg stepping action. It helps to shape and strengthen the deltoids and larger muscle groups of the upper back, whilst improving posture and increasing cardiovascular fitness.
Side Bend Stepper
The Side Bend Stepper exercises the major muscle groups (both upper and lower extremity), works the heart and lungs helping to raise energy levels and increase oxygen supply to the cells. It also helps to improve coordination.
Tricep Dip & Leg Curl
The Tricep Dip & Leg Curl machine strengthens the muscles of the upper arm and thigh. During the push down phase of the upper limb movement, the triceps muscle will be activated. This muscle is important for reaching activities and pushing up from a low chair. During the pull up phase of the upper limb movement, the biceps muscle is used. This muscle group is very important for lifting and carrying activities.
The Tummy Crunch is a multifunctional machine which exercises the abdominals and lower back, whilst mobilising the hip and knee joints, and gluteal muscles.
The Rotary Torso assists in the rotation of the trunk, hips and shoulders. Rotation of the trunk is one of the first movements to decline as part of the ageing process. This is further accelerated in people with neurological changes. Reduced trunk rotation leads to loss of arm swing during walking, reduced balance, back pain and stiffness. The Rotary Torso helps to reverse or minimise these changes.
The Hipster provides a great exercise for the hips and glutes, facilitating a movement known as ‘swim kicks’. The user can opt to lie on their front or their back when using this machine. When used whilst lying on the back, it helps to stretch the hamstrings and will improve strength of the gluteal muscles. When used whilst lying on the front, it will gently assist alternate hip extension and also enable a gentle lower back exercise.
The Side Flexor machine provides a superb exercise targeting the oblique muscles, firming and flattening of the abdominal wall. The internal and external obliques are diagonal muscles which lie underneath the rectus abdominus are targeted. These muscles are responsible for twisting actions. The erector spinae muscles are also used, therefore strengthening the lower back. This unique exercise combination will provide fast results, providing tone and strengthening abdominals.