The Mogollon Health Alliance’s program to help with cardiac and other physical rehabilitation is now offered at the Curves facility in the Rim Country Mall.
The program MHAX III Health Plus exercise program helps in the recovery and quality of life for people with health challenges. It includes advanced cardiac rehabilitation, post physical therapy rehabilitation, general health and wellness.
Those who might benefit include those with a loss of mobility due to cardiac disease, COPD, arthritis, accidents, low back pain, joint replacement, hypertension, stroke, loss of energy, fibromyalgia, diabetes or inability to perform daily activities.
Qualified fitness personnel conduct the program at the Curves facility and monitor participants. While Curves is known for its women-only programs, owner Susan LaBonte has made her facility available to both men and women during special hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday and Thursday.
The MHAX III program at Curves incorporates the “CurvesSmart™” technology, which programs the circuit equipment for the individual client to give them moment-by-moment feedback — i.e. they are working the circuit too hard or they should be working it harder. The technology uses a “chip” key placed in each piece of equipment that makes a record of activity which it feeds into a computer to create a detailed progress report showing participants their overall muscle strength, calories burned and how close they are to reaching their goals.
Currently there are 15 to 20 clients in the program, according to Sanja Long, director of MHA. “We’re trying to increase membership and will have information at the offices of all health care providers in the area,” she said.
MHA officials also hope to meet with area physicians and physical therapist to explain the program in more detail.
Before it closed, Payson Athletic Club hosted the MHAX III program. Long said the equipment at Curves is easier for the clients to use and LaBonte and her staff offer more personalized monitoring. In fact, the personalized care clients receive at Curves is probably the largest improvement to the program, followed by the more user-friendly equipment.
Every time clients of MHAX III come in, their blood pressure and pulse oxygen levels are taken before they start the circuit and then again once they have finished for the day.
To take part in this special program, an individual needs a prescription from a physician or physical therapist; call Curves at (928) 474-9797 or stop by 400 E. Highway 260, Suite P (to the rear of the complex in which Stage is on the east side); complete the paperwork and pay the $35 monthly fee (need-based financial aid is available from MHA).
“We would really like to see more people take advantage of the program,” Long said.