"I finally got to the point one night, in the grocery store tearing up while pushing the cart, from being in such pain at this point I am taking so much ibuprofen, gaining weight, high blood pressure and still in so much pain. I went to my doctor, got a referral to ExercisAbilities and that's when they changed my life. They looked at my individual needs, came up with a plan, and exercise. The pain gradually went away from all their hard work and mine. Thank you! From the bottom of my heart!"
-Cori, ExercisAbilities client
Making healthy, happy, and independent possible for EVERYONE!
ExercisAbilities was founded in 2011 by Melanie Brennan, PT, DPT. Dr. Brennan identified a problem that needed to be solved – people of all ages with neurologic or medical conditions that impacted their physical mobility, cognitive awareness, and overall health needed a place to go in the community where they could continue their rehabilitation after they finished their initial care at Mayo Clinic. Individuals with disabilities were not able to access the same care that able-bodied individuals could and their health was suffering. They needed a place that was accessible, had staff who understood their needs with multiple different disciplines available and had the right kind of equipment to help them achieve their goals. Ongoing exercise, recreation, and rehabilitation are key to keep moving forward, not backward, in the rehab recovery process. After working at Mayo Clinic for 11 years in acute brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, Melanie conceptualized a place that would meet all of these needs. She set to work to build ExercisAbilities. Over the years it has grown into a full-service rehabilitation and fitness facility and now includes neurologic recovery, nutrition services, adaptive fitness and recreation, pediatric services, pain management, orthopedic physical therapy, occupational hand therapy, speech therapy and so much more.