"I picked up a parcel at work and wrecked my back. Waiting on the list for physio and Covid struck. I was stuck in beds for months, eventually I lost all use of my lower limbs, lost my bodily functions and I couldn't walk. I came here, I've been here two months, and look at me...I can walk, I can stand, I can exercise. They are absolutely brilliant people here, who care for you. So many different people, you're accepted as everybody's got something. I can push the hoover, I can now walk down the stairs. I've now got my life."
“I have trouble walking. I can't walk very well because of arthritis in my hip and my knees. It is improving slowly. It is brilliant, this equipment, it can do it for you, if you let it, but you know you've got to do your bit as well! Because its power assisted it makes it easier and you know how to handle it. I was suffering from depression, I still am now and again but I look forward to it.”
"When I had my knee replacement my consultant said I could go back to aqua aerobics, but the aqua aerobics machine broke down, so for a month I could do no exercise and I could feel the difference on my body. I came into the Feelgood room and had an induction and I've been coming here ever since. I want people to know it has helped my mobility and just because you have a knee replacement doesn't mean to say you can't come on these machines. I've had two knee replacements and it relieves my stiffness, my mobility is better for coming and also the social aspect of the group, we are now friends and socialise outside here as well. Mentally, physically and mobility wise I am better."
“People get fitter, people are happy. It's a wonderful place, it's wonderful for your health and wellbeing and for socialising, it's brought myself out to meet people and has made me quite fit. As you get older you slow down, you can't do certain things. Since I've been here I revert back to what I used to be...I'm getting older, but in actual fact my fitness is getting better.”
"When I first had my stroke, after a little while, the physio suggested that I might try this. I was eager to try anything that I thought would help me get better. When I first started this, I felt an instant relief, your limbs are more mobile and the repetitive movement is good for me, particularly as a stroke victim. The environment is lovely, very calming, a nice clean, open one and the company is very good. Your body has to relearn what it did before and the repetitive movement helps that. I have met other people with stroke and it's nice to know how you are getting on compared to them."
The team and customers at Grimsby Leisure Centre describe how Innerva equipment and their regular visits have impacted on their daily lives. The power assisted technology supports users to be functionally better, but also helps with social wellbeing, interacting with others and providing a social hub. ‘On a day when you really really don’t want to get out of bed, I make myself get out of bed, come down here, have a laugh with people and usually when I go home, I’m in a much better frame if mind.’ ‘Since I’ve been here, I’ve reverted back to what I used to be. I’m getting older, but in fact, my fitness is getting better.’