Rehabilition refers to movements and exercises aimed at correcting your injury.
Muscles are very important in providing stability to joints and enabling movement. Research shows that when muscles are weak injuries can occur. Much research has been done in this area for conditions like chronic back pain. Exercise rehabilitaion is widely considered a much more effective option for treating these types of injuries than manual therapy alone. Similarly, when injury occurs through trauma or surgery it has been shown that stability muscles are likely to atrophy or weaken. Therefore it is vital that specific rehabilitation exercises are performed to restore you joint mobility and strength.
Rehabilitation is usually commenced in the consulting room in conjunction with manual therapy techniques. Your assessment will predict exactly what treatment and exercise rehabilitation pathway is best for you. You may start with a few isolated exercises to do at home. This can be progressed towards a 1:1 closely monitored exercise program in the studio where your physio will guide the correct muscle activation sequence and body position. Even the highest level athletes need the feedback from their physio during an injury. Clinical Pilates is a fantastic form of exercise that can incorporate specific and monitored rehabilitation for your injury. These sessions are specifically for those that are injured and are all instructed by Physiotherapists.
Post operative rehabilitation services is another area that Physiotherapists specialise in. Your Physiotherapist will liaise with your surgeon to determine the exact surgical procedure that occurred and will closely follow their specific post-operative orders. Sometimes crutches and other gait aids are required. Your Physiotherpaist will fit you correctly with your gait aid and teach you how to use it effectively and safely to enable you to move independently.