With the goal of addressing chronic disease and disability in our community, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and Community Health Partners (CHP) have joined together to offer medical programming at the Y. We connect individuals seeking to better understand and manage their health with experts who are licensed/certified in areas like pain management, heart health, diabetes and neurological disease.
Medical programming is currently available at:
If you’re interested in adding Medical Programming to your Y membership, visit your nearest YMCA where our Welcome Center staff are happy to get you started. For questions about medical programs, please contact Renee Allard at 515-512-9225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As a separate service, Community Health Partners (CHP) also provides outpatient physical and aquatic therapy services to improve patients' quality of life. Y membership is not required and services are billed to your health insurance. Contact Renee Allard with CHP to schedule your appointment or answer questions at 515-512-9225; fax referral to 515-512-9186.
Free 30-minute injury screens performed by CHP licensed physical therapists are available at our Ankeny, Indianola, South Suburban, Walnut Creek, Waukee and Wellmark YMCAs. A physical therapist will take a detailed report of your complaint, as well as assess your joint integrity, range of motion, strength, flexibility and any movement impairments. They will discuss how this is affecting your physical activity levels and/or daily activities and help determine next steps. CHP can recommend a physician for your specific injury if needed or help maximize your YMCA membership engagement by giving you corrective exercises to do at the YMCA. Schedule your injury screen at 515-512-9225 or email@example.com
This group water exercise program can help lessen symptoms of chronic disease, including pain and stiffness. The combination of deep breathing and slow broad movements has also been shown to improve balance and reduce anxiety. Ai Chi is a new way of moving for people who have developed incorrect movement patterns following an injury, pain or surgery. Water allows the freedom to move and exercise with more ease and less discomfort. Coming Fall 2017
This group water exercise program can help lessen symptoms of chronic disease. The program is designed to improve balance, flexibility, strength, and walking ability through water’s buoyant environment which allows greater ease of movement and less pain. Caregivers are welcome to participate. Offered 2x/week
This is an exercise program for cancer survivors intended to build strength, balance and flexibility and recover stamina through all stages of survivorship. Although methods of cancer detection and treatment have improved, the side effects of treatment can cause profound debilitation that may linger years after treatment ends. Exercise during and after cancer treatment is safe and minimizes many of the negative physical and emotional side effects. Aquatic exercise can also assist with edema management when extremities are underwater. Offered 2x/week
This group cycling class can help improve functional mobility and lead to greater independence in daily living. Classes are designed for people with chronic medical conditions to help build strength, improve fitness and possibly reduce symptoms. No prior cycling experience is necessary. Offered 2x/week
Delay the Disease is designed to enhance functional mobility and help delay the progression of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. Each session works on daily lifestyle activities such as walking, maintaining posture and stability, getting up and off the floor, transferring positions and increasing endurance. 2x/week
DEEP is a Medicare-approved, evidence-based DSME (diabetes self-management education) program for people with diabetes. The program spans six weeks with a weekly 90-minute class. Topics may include controlling your blood sugar levels, preparing low-cost healthy meals, becoming more active and managing your medications. At the end of the program, graduates will receive tools to support their new lifestyle and continue the self-management skills they learned in class.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) technology helps individuals with neurological disabilities optimize their recovery. A wide variety of patients may benefit from the bike, including those with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease and those who have physical limitations after a stroke. The cycle can be used for the arms or the legs, but placement of electrodes is unique for each person and determined by a physical therapist. Since an individual’s muscles are activated by the FES, the user is actively performing work and experiencing the many health benefits of being physically active. Individuals are first referred for a physical therapy evaluation and subsequent visits to help determine the appropriate setup and tolerance for FES. Once this has been determined, individuals are transitioned into FES membership and can access the bike through independent scheduling. FES bike users are monitored and assisted by medical program instructors at all times.
This group exercise class is based on EnhanceFitness principles. It can help improve functional mobility and lead to greater independence in daily living. Classes are designed for participants working to build strength, improve stamina and reduce symptoms of pain or stiffness. Components of the class include stretching and flexibility, low-impact aerobics, strength training, and balance. Offered 3x/week
The Heart Health Program is a professionally supervised program designed for those who suffer from heart conditions such as a past heart attack, coronary artery disease, angina, chronic heart failure or heart surgeries and procedures; the program is also beneficial for individuals who have risk factors for heart disease. Heart Health works on improving stamina, strength, balance and mobility to recover from a cardiac event, reduce risks of future heart problems and/or improve overall health. This class meets the criteria for Cardiac Rehab Phase 3. Offered 2x/week
This class is for medical members who may need the guidance and supervision of specially trained staff to help them with their independent water exercise program and access ongoing therapeutic support.
Move Well Today is a program for individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It is an evidence-based exercise and education program designed to help people better manage their condition by learning to track changes in glucose levels while progressing in their exercise regimen. Offered 2x/week
Tai chi is an internationally used, evidence-based form of exercise used to relieve pain, improve health and relieve stress. It is approved by the Centers for Disease Control as a fall prevention program and is easy to learn and appropriate for all ages. Offered 2x/week
Because chronic pain is a mind-body phenomenon, many researchers and chronic pain sufferers are turning to yoga for relief. Yoga integrates physical movement, which can play an important role in pain recovery, with mindful practices that address cognitive and emotional components of pain. Studies show that yoga can reduce not only the experience of pain itself but also the emotional distress. Offered 2x/week
Join us at the Indianola YMCA, South Suburban YMCA, Walnut Creek YMCA, Waukee YMCA and Wellmark YMCA for weekly health education sessions.