What is exercise rehabilitation?
Posted on 1st August 2017 at 10:00
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 does exercise rehabilitation work?
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
restoring muscle strength, endurance and power
enhanced proprioception (an essential part of our bodies' ability to move) and improved balance
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
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.
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