In our fifth installment of #ExerciseRightWeek we’re introducing you to the dynamic duo Danny and Chris ?
Danny has been an integral part of the Therapy Care community for three years now, with Chris being an allied health assistant here for four years.
During their time together, Danny has come a long way!
Chris says, “Danny was a very quiet and shy person. He would talk very softly and wouldn’t engage in conversation. But you wouldn’t have guessed that now!
“Danny is one of the most outgoing and happiest participants I work with each week. When Danny started he had a lot of back pain, but now when I ask him, he can’t even remember the last time his back was sore.”
Danny lives with Retinitis pigmentosa; an eye disease that impairs Danny’s vision, balance and fine motor skills.
While exercises are modified to Danny’s abilities, he is physically capable of performing a large variety of movements.
Danny’s vision impairment means he requires guidance throughout his workout when he is performing movements and pre-COVID, to navigate the gym floor.
Danny’s current goals are:
? Being able to walk 3km without stopping
? Maintaining his current strength
? Increasing and then maintaining physical activity
? Sustain the routine of regular exercise
? Increasing Danny’s accessibility to the community
? Performing all daily activities more independently
? Achieve Danny’s healthy weight range
Before joining Therapy Care, Danny rarely exercised and didn’t participate much in his local community.
“Training and interacting with Therapy Care allied health assistants on a regular basis has done wonders for Danny’s physical, mental and social well being.
“We’ve achieved and set further goals that Danny once thought impossible for him,” says Chris.
Like many of us, Danny doesn’t particularly love exercising, but he does say, “The workout is always hard, but afterwards I feel like I’ve accomplished something and feel good for the rest of the day.”
Chris loves being a part of Therapy Care’s allied health team and training amazing people like Danny. He says, “Being part of a team that is just as dedicated to making a difference to the participants lives as I am is extremely inspiring.”