Returning you to normal function with the use of specific exercises that will increase your range of motion, strength, coordination and your endurance is the key to any rehabilitation program.
Injury Rehabilitation is the portion of therapy that many neglect especially when symptoms are no longer present. It is the part of therapy that provides lasting improvements. When you integrate active rehabilitation into your care, you are making lasting changes. When active rehabilitation protocols are prescribed, you are being given proper in-home, at-work and/or in-gym exercises under my supervision. These exercises are provided through online access with specialized software that allows you to view them through any computer or mobile device and print them off in many different formats. These specialized exercises will ensure that the improvements you experience with your physical medicine treatments are supported and guide you to restoring proper movement, decreasing pain, improving performance and preventing re-occurrence.
Each rehabilitation program follow my ABCC's of Rehabilitation:
Activation - Properly activating the muscles (or area) that you are intending on rehabilitating.
Breathing and Bracing- Breathing and respiration are different. Respiration is the act of getting air into (primarily inspiring needed Oxygen) and out of (primarily expiring Carbon Dioxide) the lungs, and the body will try to do it any way it can. This means using muscles that it doesn't need to, especially when not engaging in proper postures. That is why during times of stress, after trauma and injury, or if you have poor movement patterns the body will take on a position that may alter the way you breath. Proper breathing is a combination of having the diaphragm perform what it needs to do, while your trunk, abdominal, back and pelvic muscles are able to brace your body with the correct muscles.
Centration - In order for a joint to work properly it must be in the appropriate position. Centration is the term used to describe the appropriate position of the joint. Ensuring that a joint, or set of joints, are properly aligned and have the proper muscles pulling on them is the focus of many of the rehabilitation protocols created at my office. Proper joint centration results in developing and maintaining a stable structure resulting in a region and body moving more efficiently and effectively while not placing unnecessary strain on the areas being moved.
Coordination - Coordinating muscle activation with movement can be a great challenge when first learning how to do something or very frustrating when re-learning (rehabilitating) a movement pattern after an injury. Movement of the body is like a symphony, when all parts work well, you have fluidity, beauty and music of motion being created. However, when there is a lack of synchronization, and muscles are not doing the right thing at the right moment, then nothing but noise is heard, and when the body creates noise (like your body screaming at you that something is wrong), you feel it as pain. This message is an alert that some areas are working harder then others and these inefficient movements result in the body prematurely breaking down. Therefore, to avoid pain, your movements must be coordinated.
Injury Rehabilitation takes the ABCC's into account and activates variousmuscles that have not been working are reawakened and the improvements experienced during treatment sessions are maintained and you no longer experience the symptoms associated with your condition.
Here are some of what the various Active Rehabilitation Protocols contain:
- Neck Mobilization and Stability Program
- Shoulder Stability Program
- Low Back and Core Stability Program
- Knee and Hip Stability Program
- Posture Perfect Program
- Mobilization and Stretching Program
- Pre-Natal Stability Program
My approach to each patient is as unique as the individual presenting with a specific condition. To determine if the above programs are appropriate for you or if you wish to begin your active rehabilitation program, contact me with any of your questions!