This month, many in our community are lacing up their walking shoes and hitting the pavement for STEPtember. STEPtember is a worldwide, virtual event that raises awareness and funds for people with Cerebral Palsy. According to the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register Report 2018, 1 in every 700 children in Australia is born with Cerebral Palsy. This is a condition that impacts their movements, muscle tones and posture.
In light of STEPtember, here are a few quick facts about those living with cerebral palsy.
– There are Approximately 34,000 people who are living with Cerebral Palsy in Australia.
– 1 in 2 people with Cerebral Palsy is in chronic pain.
– 1 in 3 people with Cerebral Palsy cannot walk.
– 1 in 3 people with Cerebral Palsy has a Hip Dysplasia of some form.
During the month of September, people are urged to sign up for the challenge, known as STEPtember. STEPtember challenges individuals to take on 10,000 steps a day, every day for the entire month of September to raise funds to help improve the lives of children and adults who live with Cerebral Palsy. This initiative not only helps those with the condition but also helps their families.
Here at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we are passionate about the wellbeing of others and their families, that’s why we support great causes like this to improve their lives. Not only do we get involved in these initiatives but were also able to formulate programs that can improve their day to day lives.
Our gentle, hands-on physiotherapy can help those with Cerebral Palsy to improve their range of movement, as well as bring instant relief to those in pain. Exercise Physiology also aids in improving their strength and control, with tailored exercises suited to their needs. Whilst our Hydrotherapy services are an effective method to improve their muscle tone and mobility.
At Progressive, we also offer mobile services allowing us to conduct these programs in the comfort of individual’s own homes. As an Accredited NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provider, we are passionate about offering support to those living with disabilities in the Nepean, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury region.
By getting involved and committing to stepping over 300,000 steps in total throughout September, you too can help those with Cerebral Palsy. If you want to get stepping this STEPtember or donate to this great cause, head to the official STEPtember website. https://www.steptember.org.au/