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ZWS November Infoletter

Giving you the strength you need, for the life you deserve


Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

I think many would agree that year 2020 is a challenging year. Be it business owners, self-employed entrepreneurs or even salaried employees, we all had to endure uncertainties that come in different forms. While having proper planning is important, willingness to adapt to the new norm and ability to innovate is the way to keep us sustainable, as we witnessed how brick & mortar businesses transformed into digital powerhouses. On a positive note, it pushes us out of our comfort zone, evolving into a better version of ourselves. 

Thanks to you who have supported us, the community, society and the country in this challenging time, let’s brave through this year and thrive for a better 2021. On behalf of ZWS, I wish you a wonderful Christmas celebration and a Happy New Year. 

Best Wishes

Dr Jillian Yeoh

MD, Zen Wellness Sanctuary

#ZenWellnessSanctuary #PoweredByHUR #MerryChristmas #HappyNewYear


Strength Training for Neurological Rehabilitation

Paresis (muscle weakness) is a is a key physical impairment in neurological conditions limiting mobility. Resistance training has been found to improve muscle strength and functional performance when added to functional exercises. 

A systematic review by Kjølhede in 2012 reported strong evidence regarding progressive resistance training on muscle strength for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Progressive resistance exercises were strongly recommended by the Australian Stroke Foundation guidelines (2017) and the AHA guidelines (2010), however, the optimal strengthening approach is still unknown. Different systematic reviews demonstrated improvement in strength following resistance training but showed limited impact on walking parameters.

Studies have shown that sufficient strength in the upper limb is related to the ability to adequately perform many activities of daily living (ADLs). In addition, researchers have found that strength of the paretic upper limb was a determinant of upper-limb bone mineral content. A recent review of upper-limb strength training in stroke6 found no adverse effects of strength training. Despite this knowledge, there is still controversy surrounding strength training in stroke, as prominent neurologic rehabilitation frameworks hold the view that strengthening the paretic upper limb will increase tone and pain, particularly in the shoulder region.

One of the main tenets of treatment outcome in rehabilitation is to promote independence in ADLs. Task - specific strength training was effective in improving ADLs, for several reasons;

  • Daily activities are composed of complex movements that include strength, range of motion, and coordination; therefore, it may be that practice of all components is required for improvement. 
  • Compensatory techniques and use of the nonparetic upper limb may be preferred to complete ADLs, thus, strengthening of the paretic upper limb would not translate into improved ADL performance.  
More research is required in the field of strength training for neurological rehabilitation, as many papers did were limited in several factors and the importance of strength training for neurological conditions is being made aware by clinicians worldwide. Get in touch with if you would like to know more, on how the HUR exercise equipment can help you avoid neurological conditions, and even help treat them in a safe and conducive environment.


ZWS EQUIPMENT: ExerGaming with HUR

Exergaming is a form of physical activity combining exercise and video games, shown to delay the onset of cognitive impairment MUCH BETTER than traditional exercise and it's so much fun!

Introducing the HUR Senso, a scientifically based dual-tasking fall reduction and cognitive training platform designed to support independence. The think and move integrated, fun and easy to use equipment simultaneously improves physical and cognitive function through interactive motor training activities and gaming. 

Enjoy the multiple functions which include;
  • ASSESS fall risk, potential areas of weakness and helps establish an individuals baseline.
  • TRAIN using dual-tasking fall reduction and cognitive training game-style exercises to improve executive function
  • ENGAGE by keeping the user interested and increase the likelihood of program adherence through gamification

CyberCycle riders immerse themselves in stunning interactive roads, from snowy mountains to the seaside shores. Riding the CyberCycle is just like riding outside, minus the helmet and the traffic!

Additional benefits include;

  • Delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia much better than traditional exercise (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)
  • Immerse in 300+ miles of stunning interactive roads, snowy mountains, seasides, and Mayan ruins to outer space
  • Go off-road and discover breathtaking worlds filled with treasures and dragons

Get in touch with us to find out more, and we can even schedule a FREE tour of our showcase centre for you and your team. We are located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, give us a call if you would like to drop by for a visit.


HUR GYM - Home Based Alternatives

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world most exercise facilities have shut their doors. While social isolation and staying at home is recommended, we wish to strongly encourage everyone to exercise. While the benefits of the progressive resistance provided by HUR equipment cannot be fully replaced, it is still important to keep active with some home-based exercises to maintain most of the strength gains you have made.

HUR Australia teamed up with My Active Attitude to create some home-based exercises that can be easily and safely done at home. You will find some useful tips and exercise samples on how to stay fit. When exercising at home, remember that the same safety precautions apply as at the gym – listen to your body, remember to breathe, do not rush your exercise.

Download this handy guide for your home based exercise routine. In this document you will find warm-up, strength and balance exercises you can do to engage the same muscle groups as when using HUR gym equipment.


Preparing For An Ageing Community: Sustainable Future

Panel Discussion with Dr Jillian Yeoh - insigHT2020, MHTC

The Silver Tsunami is here and as Malaysia ages, we need to arm ourselves with the knowledge and capacity to serve our patients in the present and in the future. In this year's insigHT2020, our very own Dr Jillian Yeoh was invited among panel speakers to discuss on ‘Preparing for An Ageing Community: Sustainable Future’ 

Malaysia is on it's way to becoming an aged nation in the coming years, and measure need to be taken to cater to this ever-growing population, to ensure the longevity and sustainability of both the ageing community and the country.