The goal of any rehabilitation is to restore function to the injured structure in the shortest amount of time, allowing people to return to their normal day-to-day activities with the minimal risk of re-injury. 
 
Rehabilitation exercise aims to bring back full function following an injury through restoring muscle strength, endurance, power, and flexibility. 
 
It’s fair to say that rehabilitation is as important as hands-on treatment, although it’s often forgotten about. It’s important to understand that injuries will improve and heal more successfully if an exercise plan is followed. It’s important to understand that everybody responds differently, and healing times will vary. 

How does exercise rehabilitation work? 

Rehabilitation exercises should ideally begin straight after the acute phase of injury, which is normally around 72 hours after the onset of injury. The exercises should be performed pain free, meaning that there should be no pain felt when completing them. There are three different stages within rehabilitation; 
 
Early Stage Rehabilitation – Gentle exercise allowing for the damaged tissue to heal 
 
Mid Stage Rehabilitation – Progressive loading to the muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments. This develops tensile strength which will leave the tissue able to withstand the stresses of everyday life and activity. 
 
Late Stage Rehabilitation – Functional exercises and drills that will improve strength, power, stamina, and flexibility. These exercises will stress the new tissues to ensure that the body is ready for pain-free movement and exercise. 
 
Combing exercise rehabilitation with sports massage following an injury allows you to return to full fitness quicker and to therefore prevent further injuries from occurring. Each of our therapists at Fire & Earth will be able to personalise an exercise rehabilitation programme for you which can be adapted at each of the 3 stages of rehabilitation. 

What are the benefits? 

The benefits of exercise rehabilitation are: 
 
Faster Recovery 
Reduced Pain 
Restoring Muscle Strength, Endurance and Power 
Improving Flexibility 
Enhanced Proprioception and Balance 
Injury Prevention 
 
Exercise rehabilitation can be of benefit to everyone. 
 
It might be for chronic injuries, such as long term back pain or knee pain, or even hypermobility at the joints, for which a programme to stabilise the surrounding tissues of the joints will be given. 
 
Exercise rehabilitation can also help poor posture and muscle imbalances. 
 
But it doesn’t stop there. Even if you are not injured but feel that you are limited or stuck in a rut with your training in the gym, an exercise rehabilitation programme will be able to improve your areas of weakness. That might be correcting a butt wink when squatting due to insufficient hip or ankle mobility, or support with reaching specific sporting goals. 
 
If you have any questions please contact us here at Fire and Earth and we’ll be happy to answer them for you. 
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