Good for health and wellbeing
We are committed to helping all our patients enjoy the best possible quality of life, and physical activity can be a big help in achieving this. Doing the right kind of exercise can help people continue as much as possible with the normal activities of everyday life, feel better about their body and reduce the risk of further health problems in the future. It's also good for mental health and wellbeing. A number of services here can provide help for patients to enjoy the kind of physical activities that are right for them.
All our Living Well patients can ask to see our physiotherapist. She will carry out an assessment and talk through with them what goals they might aim for. Some patients benefit from hands-on treatment to help relieve symptoms and improve mobility. Others simply need help to understand their physical difficulties and feel more confident about how to help themselves. Each patient is offered a personalized exercise programme, which they can do at home, to help them maintain their health and wellbeing.
Occasional courses are run during the year that are concerned partly with physical activity. For example, the Fatigue Management course is provided by our physiotherapist and helps our patients to understand how to be more active within their constraints.
Walking for Health
High Peak Walking for Health is a popular programme of guided walks around the High Peak area. It is part of the national Walking for Health scheme, a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Ramblers Association. Walks are offered every Monday from Blythe House and are ideal for those of our clients who are looking for gentle exercise.
Information and Support
In our Macmillan Information and Support Centre we have a range of resources to support people in taking appropriate exercise. This includes an excellent free workbook which provides a framework helping clients to plan a step by step programme of activities. We can also point patients to DVDs which can guide them in gentle physical activities suited to people with health problems.