The BedEx® Slider Mat can be used on a wall, floor, tabletop or bed. It is designed to complement existing therapeutic and wellness programs targeting upper limb, lower limb, core stability / abdominals, balance, fitness, stretching and gentle cardiovascular exercise.
The BedEx® Slider Mat provides Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Exercise Professionals and with a surface on which movement can be performed. Low friction does not necessarily mean low resistance. Resistance to exercise is varied through use of gravity, incorporation of elastic bands or free weights and is dependent on the force per unit area. It does, however, allow practitioners to determine the desired plane of movement and match resistance with the capabilities of the exerciser.
The BedEx® Slider Mat provides the important link between Practice and gym-based exercises and the need to continue prescribed exercises in the home or work environments. Exercise compliance has been linked with access to equipment that is affordable, well designed and easy to set up and use. It could be that the BedEx® Slider Mat answers these challenges on all levels.
Knowledge of motor control in low friction conditions is important in maximising benefits when surface conditions are changed. Many of the applications are classified as modified closed chain exercise – users are encouraged to take minimal weight through the mobile (sliding portion) to produce greater activation at the stabilising segments. Extensive possibilities arise by mixing our knowledge of anatomy, exercise and therapeutic interventions.
It is my hope that the BedEx® Slider Mat will provide Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Exercise Professionals with a new platform on which to provide treatment and exercise programs – a “must have” of our respective Industries.
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