Pilot underway to aid in stroke recovery

Stroke survivor Jack Keenan tries out the MOTOmed as Mel Menzies, health and wellbeing manager at NL Leisure, looks on.

Stroke survivor Jack Keenan tries out the MOTOmed as Mel Menzies, health and wellbeing manager at NL Leisure, looks on.

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An initiative designed to aid the recovery of people affected by stroke related injuries has been given the go ahead in North Lanarkshire.

The programme, developed by a group of researchers at the University of Strathclyde and Edinburgh, is in partnership with North Lanarkshire Leisure, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture and NHS Lanarkshire.

The Acceptability of Community Cycling Exercise for Stroke Survivors (ACCESS) pilot project uses movement assisted exercise bicycles known as MOTOmed, suitable for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users.

NL Leisure health and wellbeing manager Mel Menzies said: “We know that exercise can help improve both physical and psychological health. This can benefit stroke sufferers and help on their road to recovery.

“We are happy to be a part of this pilot project and to promote ACCESS Lanarkshire which can only contribute to the progression of this initiative.”

Stroke survivors who have volunteered to participate are now enrolled in the eight-week exercise programme at the Tryst in Cumbernauld.

Each schedule is tailored to individual levels of physical ability and the university’s research team is working closely with the leisure centre staff to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme.

The research team need around 40 more volunteers from across North Lanarkshire. To take part call Dr Joanne Cummings on 0141 548 4878 or e-mail joanne.cummings@strath.ac.uk.