LEGS (London Exercise Group for Stroke) provides rehabilitation in a supportive and enjoyable group environment for people who have had a stroke. The sessions are run by a physiotherapist with experience in local acute and community NHS stroke rehabilitation and knowledge of local community stroke services.
LEGS is managed as a Stroke Association Voluntary Group, consisting of a course of weekly exercise, group support and advice sessions.
The exercise sessions are of moderate intensity and include stretches, functional strengthening, balance and agility, and uses an evidence-based approach. Some clinical pilates exercises are also incorporated.
The group is ideal for people finishing their NHS rehabilitation in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster. LEGS also welcomes local residents at any stage of their stroke recovery who wish to increase their exercise and social participation.
LEGS accepts self-referrals via email or telephone directly from potential participants, as well as referrals from health professionals and other colleagues working with stroke survivors. All participants must be able to achieve the following:
- walk up to 20m safely and independently
- exercise with no shoes on (due to carpeting, walking aids are allowed)
- get to the class by their own means
- exercise for one hour, with rest periods as necessary
- understand and respond to instructions in English
- complete one flight of stairs independently (toilet access).
All potential participants will need to attend a physiotherapy assessment and exercise safety screening at the studio before joining the group.
The group meets weekly, on Tuesdays, during term time only.