What Are The Benefits Of Exercise Rehabilitation Following An Injury?
Posted on 5th December 2022 at 09:00
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 minimal risk of re-injury.
Rehabilitation exercises aim to restore full function following an injury by restoring muscle strength, endurance, power, and flexibility. Rehabilitation is as important as hands-on treatment but is often forgotten about. It’s important to understand that injuries will heal and improve better if an exercise plan is followed. Remember, everybody responds differently, so 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 injury. The exercises should be pain-free, meaning there should be no pain felt when completing them. There are three different stages within rehabilitation;
Early-Stage Rehabilitation – Gentle exercise allows 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 three stages of rehabilitation.
What are the benefits of exercise rehabilitation?
The benefits of exercise rehabilitation are:
Restoring muscle strength, endurance and power.
Enhanced proprioception and balance.
Who is exercise rehabilitation for?
Exercise rehabilitation can be of benefit to everyone.
It can be used 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 with poor posture and muscle imbalances.
But it doesn’t stop there. Even if you’re not injured but feel that you are limited or stuck in a rut with your training in the gym, an exercise rehabilitation programme can improve areas of weakness. That might be correcting a butt wink when squatting due to insufficient hip or ankle mobility, or support in reaching specific sporting goals.
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