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What is the Vascular Rehabilitation Clinic?

If you’re thinking about what you can do to reduce the risk of having another stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), then you should call us. It’s time to attend Massey University’s Vascular Rehabilitation Clinic (VRC). Our clinic is designed for people just like you, people diagnosed with a stroke or TIA . You can attend our structured weekly exercise sessions prescribed by our leading sport and exercise scientists. Our clinic offers you personalised exercise programmes designed to improve your health and wellbeing in a safe and monitored environment. Read what our clients say about the programme.

Why should I attend the VRC?

Once you have experienced a cardiovascular or cerebrovascular event, you may be at greater risk of experiencing further strokes, TIAs or other vascular complications, especially within the first three months of your diagnosis. Often, you will be uncertain if you should take part in exercise, and if so, how much exercise you should safely do.

The good news is that research here at Massey, in collaboration with neurologists from Wellington Hospital, shows that participation in structured and suitably prescribed exercise soon after diagnosis may be an important key to reducing the risk of secondary events, both short- and long-term. Our exercise clinic reduces blood pressure and blood lipid profile (total cholesterol). It also improves weight management, aerobic fitness and psychosocial health in stroke and TIA patients.

So what are you waiting for? It's time to take action for a healthier future!

How do I sign up?

It’s easy. First, contact clinic manager Brandon Woolley. Tell him you’re keen to participate in our clinic. Brandon will then arrange a time for you to visit Massey University’s  Wellington campus  to undertake a one hour health assessment. It helps us determine if we can assist you in our clinic. Following this assessment, provided you get our thumbs up, you are ready to take part in our clinic. And you’ll be enrolled into our 8-week exercise and education programme.

What happens when I attend the clinic?

Here’s the deal. You will attend at least two or three exercise sessions each week, for the duration of your 8-week programme. Each session will last between 60 to 90 minutes. We will prescribe aerobic (walking, cycling) and resistance exercises (weight training), balance training, core training and flexibility exercises. For you to get the most out of these sessions, exercises will be individually prescribed specifically for you!

As well, once a week, we will also provide a 1-hour education session so that we can teach, discuss and reinforce behaviours known to facilitate healthy behaviour change. These sessions are developed so that the following information is clearly explained:

  • Risk factors for stroke and TIAs
  • How to prevent strokes
  • The importance of taking medication, eating a good diet and exercising
  • Smoking cessation and other lifestyle changes such as alcohol consumption
  • Blood pressure management
  • Stress management, emotional and behavioural changes after stroke/TIA

Where and when do the sessions take place?

These sessions will take place on the Massey University Wellington Campus.

Exercise sessions run:

  • Monday 10.30am to 11.30am and 5pm to 6pm.
  • Wednesday 5pm to 6pm.
  • Friday 11.30am to 12.30pm.

How much does it cost?

Great news! It’s free! That’s right. There are no costs for your participation in our exercise and education programme. However, you will have to make your own way to the university (car or public transport). And there may be a small parking fee.

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