What is... exercise rehabilitation?

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Exercise and rehabilitation play an integral part in everyone’s recovery from pain or injury. The primary goals are to help you recover faster, prevent re-injury and develop resilience.  We want to get you back in the game. 

Rehabilitation exercise aims to bring back full function following injury through restoring muscle strength, endurance, power, and improving flexibility. Our therapists achieve these results by carefully selecting and planning various exercises and drills for each client.

Rehabilitation is as important as treatment following any injury but is often forgotten. It is really important to understand that injuries will improve and heal more successfully if an exercise plan is followed. However, every person responds differently and healing times will vary.

The main thing to remember is that prevention is better than cure and a good, well thought out rehabilitation plan will help keep injuries at bay.

How it works

Rehabilitation exercises should begin as soon as possible after the acute phase which is typically around 72 hours. Exercises should be pain free with a few rare exceptions. There are three different stages within rehabilitation that are important to stick to if returning to pain-free daily life and/or sporting activities: 

  • Early stage rehabilitation: gentle exercise allowing for the damaged tissue to heal.
  • Mid stage rehabilitation: progressive loading to the muscles, tendons, bones or ligaments. This develops tensile strength producing a healed tissue that will be able to withstand the stresses and strains of everyday life and exercise.
  • Late stage rehabilitation: functional exercises and drills to improve your strength, flexibility and stamina, and to stress the new tissues to ensure the body is ready for pain-free daily movement and exercise.

Combining sports massage and rehabilitation following an injury is a fantastic way to get back to fitness quickly and to prevent further injuries from happening. Each of our therapists can put together a personalised plan for you to complete either on your own or with your therapist. Programs are adapted at every stage of your recovery to suit you. 

Benefits of exercise rehabilitation

Benefits include;

  • faster recovery
  • reduced pain
  • restoring muscle strength, endurance and power
  • improving flexibility
  • enhanced proprioception (an essential part of our bodies' ability to move) and improved balance
  • injury prevention
  • creating resilience and reducing chances of re-injury

What conditions would benefit from exercise rehabilitation? 

  • chronic injuries, such as long term back pain, knee pain, and ankle instability
  • hypermobility 
  • injuries not responding to manual treatment, this may be due to weakness in muscles or poor posture

Exercise rehabilitation can also help to;

  • support specific sporting goals
  • improve strength and fitness
  • improve posture and flexibility


£25 for 30 minutes

Experience it for yourself

Contact us to book in or find out more about how exercise rehabilitation can help you, or book an appointment via our online booking system