How can rehab programmes help you?
Are you the sporty type? If so, it’s a source of great frustration when injury strikes, and you can’t participate in the activities you want to and you feel yourself losing your fitness every day you have to rest. Rehab programmes can quite possibly be for you.
Sometimes we don’t have the money or time to get to a clinic, but we also want the latest expert advice on the sporting injury. This is problematic as good advice online It is so difficult to find trusted sources for injury rehab & prevention.
This is partly, it seems because Google can’t offer advice that is specific to you due to the algorithms are designed to catch a few keywords. The middle person is their therapist who can define what key questions are important, differentiate what isn’t important, and test for a particular ailment based on the information available.
What we want to do is help you, the patient, to help yourself through evidence-based rehabilitation programmes that are tailor-made and enable you to achieve an optimum lifestyle at your pace and convenience.
The benefits of exercise and rehab programmes
Exercise is fantastic for both physical and mental health. It doesn’t have to come in any particular format, just as long as you get moving! It can also be the basis for injury recover should that be what you want.
Here are a few examples of how exercise can benefit you from an injury point of view.
- Recovery: Injuries can occur from weakness or indeed overdoing exercise, so depending on what the injury is we can facilitate recovery through movement and through strengthening.
- Support: When muscles are strong, they support all movements and protect the joints which make ligament strains and cartilage damage far less likely.
- Posture: Everyone is aware of what bad posture looks like, but did you ever think how mal balanced it can make the body? If a muscle is too strong on one side of the body (say, a biceps muscle) then the antagonist muscle (the triceps) muscle starts to become weak and unable to take the load due to the other side being so dominant. This can actually result in injury to the triceps muscle. Common areas this is seen is hamstring injuries in athletes (due to quadriceps dominance), neck tightness and stiffness in desk-based workers (due to the front neck muscles becoming too used to take the load of the head) and shin splints in runners (due to calf strength).
- Balance: For sporting professionals, recreational athletes and general populations balance is important to prevent injury. Getting out of the way of a challenge, executing the cutting movement precisely and avoiding falls are all integral in injury avoidance. Strengthening the muscles in a particular way can increase what is called proprioception, which is your balance response that can make you more reactive to diverts in the football field or prevent you from falling while missing a step.
- Reduces general pain: Pain can reduce just by moving the joint, this is called an analgesic effect, and it is why ‘’getting warm’’ before a match makes you feel looser and less achy.
Why do we offer rehab programmes as an add on?
The simple answer is to save you money. If you have chronic ankle instability which may be impacting your knees and hips we’re not going to charge you for 121 ankle stability sessions 3x a week. If you have a very complexed ankle injury that requires careful observation then we may offer this, but it’ll save you time spent coming into the clinic and money paying whichever therapist you choose.
What sort of programmes do we offer?
We have had patients come in with specific injuries that I know would mainly benefit from an exercise rehab programmes to patients that have noticed the great reputation of the clinic outside of Manchester and have asked for a programmes that would suit them while saving money and getting better.
I’d say most patients, however, require the online rehab to supplement their sessions at the Movement and Wellbeing Clinic. This usually comes in the form of chronic ankle instability, wrist & elbow pain, postural issues and knee/shoulder pain.
Some patients also fit into the third category, which is post-surgery rehabilitation. This commonly includes ACL ruptures, spinal surgery, ankle fusion, knee/shoulder arthroscopies and femoralacetabular impingement surgery.
For any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask:
Ed Madeley M.Ost