Where exercise is the prescription

(From left) Dr Lee, Asia College of Exercise and Sports Medicine managing director Haniza Zaharudin, Lai, Raja Datuk Seri Yong Sofia, Dr. Kumaraguru Krishnasamy Pillay, who is special advisor to the Health Minister, and Royal Malaysian Air Force Lt-Kol John Sham launching the World Conference on Exercise Medicine 2017 during the opening of MS New Symphony Exercise Clinic in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

THE BENEFITS of regular exercise go beyond burning calories, it also assists in treating and preventing non-communicable diseases.

This was behind the launch of MS New Symphony Exercise Clinic by Monspace Multinational Corporation, which uses physical exercise as a prescription to treat patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart ailments.

Speaking at the event, MS New Symphony Exercise Clinic chief executive officer Dr Lee Chee Pheng said the Health Ministry had endorsed physical exercise as a prescription, and the clinic was the first of its kind in the country.

“Many people have taken for granted that exercise is not a need and we are now creating something that will make it a necessity.

“The exercise clinic offers treatments which have undergone research with the Health Ministry and have shown positive results,” said Lee, adding that pilot studies of up to two years were carried out across seven government health clinics in the country.

Lee added that the new exercise clinic worked closely with conventional doctors and would serve as a form of preventive and curative medicine.

“Exercise will be used as the first line of treatment for these diseases for a duration of six months.

“If a patient’s response towards the exercises are positive, he or she will continue the exercise regime. However, pharmaceutical intervention will be initiated by the doctor if there is no response after the given time frame,” said Lee.

“The clinic has also involved a few pharmaceutical companies to look into prostate cancer, breast cancer and depression,” he added.

Prior to starting an exercise treatment plan, patients will have to undergo a series of tests by a doctor to determine their ideal programme.

The two-storey exercise clinic spans 4,000 sq ft and houses an array of exercise equipment and devices.

Currently, there are seven professional exercise therapists and two doctors stationed at the clinic to advise patients on the right types exercise according to each ailment while monitoring their progress.

Records will be reviewed by patients’ individual physicians.

In conjunction with the opening, MS New Symphony Exercise Clinic inked a memorandum of agreement with Asia College of Exercise and Sports Medicine (ACESM) to provide a training venue and job opportunities for qualified exercise therapists from the college.

Monspace Multinational Corp group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Jessy Lai said 20 exercise clinics were targeted across the country in 2016.

“Many people do not know that lack of exercise can lead to non-communicable diseases and even an early death.

“Only by expanding our clinics can we share the news and educate people that these diseases can be prevented or treated by a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Lai, adding that setting up one exercise clinic involves an average investment of about RM2mil.

Lai urged the public to have their health checked, adding that those having financial difficulties could apply for aid through the group’s Koperasi Monspace.

“Health checks will be complimentary to all within the first 30 days of the clinic’s opening. If we hit 1,000 visitors, we will extend the free service for another month,” said Lai.

Launched simultaneously during the event was the World Conference on Exercise Medicine (WCEM) 2017 to be held from Oct 12 to Oct 14 in Langkawi, Kedah.

Featuring both local and international speakers, the conference will be first global conference on exercise medicine to promote the healthy living for well-being.

Also present at the event was Raja Datuk Seri Yong Sofia Sultan Azlan Shah.

MS New Symphony Exercise Clinic is located at The Earth at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours are from 10am to 10pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10am to 6pm every Sunday.

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