Services – Exercise Rehabilitation

Our practitioners understand that Chiropractic, Myotherapy & Remedial Massage treatment alone is often not enough to assist with your recovery and long term rehabilitation. Given this, we’ve proudly undertaken dedicated study into Sports Science and Exercise Rehabilitation so that we can provide our many clients with a holistic and therefore comprehensive rehabilitation strategy which may include manual therapy, general lifestyle advice, exercise rehabilitation and much more. Exercise rehabilitation plays an integral role in all of our clients recovery from their specific ailment or injury. The benefits of an individually tailored and therefore specific exercise rehabilitation regime include improved injury healing time, reduced pain and most importantly reduced risk of re-injury. It is important to recognize that a program for one person is not appropriate for someone else. Given this, you can be assured that your program is adapted and altered throughout each stage of your recovery. Commonly individuals will commence their management with static stretches and spinal mobilisation. As your rehabilitation progresses, exercises will be aimed at improving functional strength, power, agility and proprioception.

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Exercise Rehabilitation Phase 1: Regain Normal Range Of Motion & Biomechanics

Basic stretching and mobilisation forms an important aspect of our active and passive management within our clinic. We provide all of our clients will specific stretching exercises which are designed to enhance flexibility, general mobility, improve joint function and in turn reduce spasm and pain. There are a variety of stretching types which we recommend during your exercise rehabilitation:

  • Static stretching
    • Involves stretches that require you to remain in a particular pose for a specific period of time. Static stretching elongates myofascial fibres to assist with reducing tightness and spasm
  • Dynamic stretching
    • Incorporates movement into stretching to facilitate a greater lengthening upon the muscle
  • Post-isometric relaxation (PIR) stretching
    • Extremely effective technique in severely acute cases of tension, spasm and stiffness. Involves taking a joint or muscle to a mildly stretched position and exerting a gentle contraction against resistance. No pain or discomfort should be felt
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching
    • Similar to PIR stretching however involves taking the specific joint or muscle into a significantly greater stretch prior to exerting a contraction against resistance
  • Passive stretching
    • Stretches performed with the assistance of your therapist

Exercise Rehabilitation Phase 2: Restore Muscle & Soft Tissue Tensile Strength

People often consider muscle strengthening exercises to be associated with developing massive amounts of muscle, a ripped physique and lifting enormous weights. However, clinical strengthening exercises have a very different focus. Our goal of improving your strength is that often following an injury there may be asymmetries in muscle recruitment patterns and therefore it is essential to correct these to further reduce the risk of future injury. Examples of strengthening exercises may include:

  • Weighted eccentric wrist flexion during Tennis elbow rehabilitation
  • Transverse abdominus activation in the management of lower back pain or distal cross syndrome
  • Prone scapular retraction in the management of proximal cross syndrome or neck pain
  • Assessing symmetry between activation patterns of gluteals and hamstrings to reduce the incidence of lower back dysfunction such as Sciatica

Exercise Rehabilitation Phase 3: Restore Proprioception, Agility & Power

Proprioception is how our body determines or is aware of its position within our environment and is therefore closely related with an individuals balance. Our body contains various receptors and sensors which are situated within our muscles, tendons and ligaments. This information is in turn relayed to the brain where it is processed & interpreted. Our brain then sends a command to our body and limbs to make necessary changes to reduce the risk of injury. Examples of proprioceptors include muscle spindles and golgi tendons organs. In order to improve an individuals proprioception various exercises can be prescribed. A great example of a proprioceptive exercise is performing balance on a wobble board or cushion following an ankle sprain injury.