Exercise physiology is often the first step when it comes to supporting someone with cerebral palsy. An exercise program for a person with cerebral palsy can help improve motor skills and keep problems with movement from progressing over time. Exercise can help build strength and flexibility, giving children and adults with cerebral palsy more independence. It’s best to begin exercise with a child who has cerebral palsy as early as possible for the most beneficial outcome. The results will depend on factors such as the type and severity of each case.


Exercise is beneficial to all people, and for people with cerebral palsy, its benefits are particularly significant. From keeping the body flexible and strong to improving mobility and preventing injury, there are many ways in which exercise helps people with cerebral palsy enhance their level of independence and improve their quality of life. The main goal of exercise physiology is to make movement more efficient, and this is accomplished through addressing specific areas such as coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, posture, pain management, and gait training. It is also essential to have a holistic health focus, so it’s advantageous to include dietetics as part of a health strategy for people with cerebral palsy.


Types of exercise

People with cerebral palsy either have high or low muscle tone. High muscle tone can cause spasticity and stiffness, while low muscle tone causes weakness and too much flexibility. Gait training exercise for cerebral palsy, as well as flexibility and other exercise, are often used to improve mobility as well as avoid painful tightening of the muscles that sometimes requires surgery. Strength training can increase muscle tone and make daily activities easier. Exercise physiologists also use individualised targeted exercise to assist people with posture, walking, and sensory impairments involving balance. Training that involves standing, kneeling, and sitting can help improve posture. Many types of exercise can help – the important thing is to work with an Exercise Physiologist who’s qualified to make the best determinations and create personalised programs for different people.

Finding an Exercise Physiologist

Adults and children with cerebral palsy requiring exercise and dietetic services to help maximise their quality of life can turn to Active Ability. A mobile service covering all of Sydney, we provide exercise physiology, physiotherapy, and dietetic services within the disability sector to improve the lives of people with long-term health conditions. Our eight years’ experience working with people with disability has given us the knowledge we need to identify and implement personalised solutions for a variety of people facing unique challenges. We are registered NDIS providers with accredited exercise physiologists and accredited practicing dietitians on staff. For a customised program that meets the individual needs of you or the person you are supporting, contact Active Ability now. We look forward to working with you to help you feel your best every day.