Exercising for Cerebral Palsy


Cerebral palsy is a group of developmental disorders that impedes an individual’s ability to move, posture and muscle tone. This occurs due to damage to the brain while it is developing during pregnancy or early childhood. Globally 17 million people have cerebral palsy, with approximately 34,000 living in Australia. Statistics show that 1 in 2 people with cerebral palsy suffer pain or an intellectual impairment and 1 in 3 cannot walk. Cerebral palsy can impact on an individual in a variety of ways. This may be in terms of mobility, motor control, muscle tone (both hyperactive and hypoactive), muscle reflexes, posture, coordination and balance. An individual with cerebral palsy may also have sensory impairments (visual and auditory), poor speech, cognitive impairments and epilepsy.


Participating in regular exercise can be highly beneficial for physical, mental and social wellbeing of those with cerebral palsy. Exercise can assist with physical wellbeing through improving fine and gross motor skills, enhance mobility, improve strength and reduce muscle imbalances, improve flexibility, enhance coordination and improve balance. Exercise improves mental health through reducing depression and anxiety while promoting increasing attention and improved sleep patterns. Exercise reduces social isolation and promotes avenues to interact with other people, including those with cerebral palsy. Exercise programs are designed by exercise physiologists tailoring the program to improve the specific areas listed above, while considering other needs and interests of the participant. The overall goal is promoting enjoyment and lifelong positive participation in exercise.


Cardiorespiratory exercise should be performed at a moderate intensity safely building up to 20-60 minutes, starting as little as 1-2 times a week and progressing up to 5 times a week. This can include swimming, walking, stationary cycling or boxing. Resistance training should focus on large muscle groups and incorporate machine weights, bands and body weight exercises.· Stretching can be performed as warm up and cool down activities and should focus on major muscles used during exercise and specific muscles that are frequently tight.Balance tasks should begin while stationary and progress to while moving, as this is more related to lifestyle. Balance tasks are important as they reduce the risks of falls.


Our exercise physiologists will complete a comprehensive assessment to ensure exercise prescription is safe, and individualised to your conditions and needs. We offer a range of services including but not limited to: Hydrotherapy Gym-based exercise therapy Home-based exercise therapy Group sessions Pilates It is recommended that you to speak with your general practitioner or specialist prior to commencing an exercise program.

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Billy and Kim GrahamBilly and Kim Graham
00:28 25 Aug 22
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Terence GiddingsTerence Giddings
00:27 08 Jul 22
I have been a client with ProHealth for the last two-plus years. I have several chronic conditions, and working with Robbie Brokenshire and the ProHealth team has enabled me to lead a relatively everyday life.I would undoubtedly recommend ProHealth to anyone.
Jan HawesJan Hawes
07:00 24 Jun 22
I have been working with ProHealth for the past few months. All the team are friendly and professional. Strongly recommend them. It is never too late to start exercising.
Mike DickinsonMike Dickinson
23:45 19 Jun 22
Awesome trainers. Friendly staff. Great facilities. As a retired Veteran I 100% recommend to any Veterans or members of the public. They can tailor the exercise packages to meet a variety of needs. Thanks to Brooke (my PT) and the whole team.
Jocelyn GreerJocelyn Greer
00:39 19 Jun 22
Would 100% recommend Steph at ProHealth. My son who has special needs attends once a week for exercise physiology classes and Steph is fantastic. She is kind, friendly and great at her job. James feels very comfortable with her and he is making great progress.