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The Role of Special Population Programming in Medical Fitness

February 21, 2024

More than half of the U.S. population lives with one or more chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, or coronary disease. Research has shown that guided exercise can mitigate the effects of these chronic conditions; however, fitness centers have not traditionally catered to these special populations’ needs. This has led to a gap in access to essential exercise programs. Medical fitness centers are filling this gap, offering a unique blend of clinical and fitness services with a growing emphasis on special populations.

Meeting the Needs of Unique Populations.

Special populations encompass diverse groups each with its own unique needs. This includes individuals with:

  • Chronic diseases: Heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary conditions, etc.
  • Musculoskeletal limitations: Arthritis, amputations, spinal cord injuries, etc.
  • Neurological conditions: Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.
  • Postural Issues: Back pain, balance challenges, etc.
  • Pregnant and postpartum women: Requiring specific exercise adaptations and considerations.

Special populations programming at medical fitness centers serves these individuals with everything from adapted equipment to caregiver support. Additionally, special population programs are designed and taught by credentialed, certified fitness professionals. Ongoing communication with participant providers ensures alignment between special population programs and each participant’s individual medical needs.

Develop Comprehensive Special Populations Programs.

At Power Wellness, we understand the importance of creating accessible and effective fitness programs for all. Our team of experts can help your organization design and implement evidence-based exercise programs tailored to specific needs and conditions. Our patented, medically-integrated fitness program MyFitRx®, offers prescriptive fitness and wellness programming for people living with chronic conditions and can help bring medical fitness to life at your fitness facility. MyFitRx® features 10 specific pathways designed to help improve the level of physical activity in individuals living with chronic disease, managing medical conditions or who need additional support. This is achieved this through healthcare provider-based referrals and guided exercise by our fitness specialists, who hold degrees and national accredited certifications in health and fitness. Contact Power Wellness today to learn how we can help you create a more inclusive and impactful medical fitness center.

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