Valentine Dikul was responsible for the development of the Dikul Institute in Russia. The concept of therapy is based on a system Intensive and progressive exercise therapy; up to 4 hours per-day, 5 days per-week for clients affected by paralysis. Clients are able to exercise muscles through passive assisted to resisted exercises. Exercise programmes range from 4 weeks to 13 weeks depending on client’s ability and funding. The times and duration of programmes are discussed with our clients during the initial consultation which is free and usually lasts for about 2 hours.
The Equipment used is designed to provide people with paralysis with hundreds of exercises that would not be available to them in normal gym environments. Exercises can be performed lying down, seated or standing using specially built Exercise equipment. This method allows the therapist with a freedom to exercise clients in ways that would not normally be possible.
Exercise programmes at Physability using the Dikul concepts of exercise therapy are tailor made to meet the individual requirements of each client. We are able to adapt and modify hundreds of exercises to suit individual abilities. Our mission is to tap into every possible movement each client has to offer optimising potential to regenerate and re-educate muscle function. The duration of exercise programmes are also dependant on client ability.
Our approach to exercise therapy is truly Interdisciplinary in nature defined as, “ more than one area of exercise science working in an integrated and coordinated manner to solve a problem” (BASES; 1997). Therapists at the Centre have the ability to tap into a number of disciplines ranging from the original concepts of the Dikul institute in Russia, to the disciplines of exercise science and complimentary therapy in order to meet client centred goals.