Our Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy Program encompasses a variety of helpful coaching and education.
In the course of injury, ageing, or through repetitive actions and daily life, muscles will become too tight or too weak. These imbalances in the body contribute to an assortment of problems and pains many people have.
Our approach to rehabilitation and exercise therapy is uniquely tailored to help correct these imbalances and improve the stability of the structure and function of the bones and muscles in your body.
Our rehablitation program begins with the Functional Exam, an overall assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the body. By identifying limitations in strength and range of motion, we can track muscular imbalances and correct them. This helps eliminate pain, restore motion, and improve the overall functioning of the body.
The range of motion test measures the range of movement possible for you, at that time. Through the course of treatment, following your Individualized Improvement Plan, these numbers will improve.
Limited physical activity and sitting down all day contributes to tight muscles and reduces your flexibility. Tense muscles lead to poor posture. Regular stretching relaxes and lengthens your muscles. Relaxed muscles keep the back in better shape, improves your posture and improves your flexibility. Stretching can prevent and will relieve back pain. Stretching will reduce tension in your spine and muscles. Stretching will help increase the blood flow to your muscles. More Blood in your muscles means more energy. Stretching also increases blood flow to your brain and sharpens your concentration. The health benefits of stretching are limitless.
Strengthening exercise is vital at every age for healthy bones and muscles. Strengthening your muscles and bones will help treat and prevent common pains experienced through out life. Age is but a factor here as repetitive actions, injury, and weight can all contribute to the inevitable pains that are a reflection of what our bodies are going through on a daily basis. Strengthening exercise will increase muscle strength and mass, help coordination and balance, and will overall lead to better health. If you want to preserve muscle tone, bone health, balance and posture, strengthening exercise is your easy fix. It is a known fact that muscle strengthening is essential in the maintenance of health and physical function for everybody at every age and can go a long way in helping to prevent brittle bone formation and can even help reverse the damage that may already be causing you pain.
The foam roller, like traditional stretching is a great tool for lengthening and elongating muscles, tendons and ligaments. Sometimes, short(tight) muscles and ligaments are the root cause of a joint region becoming dysfunctional and producing pain and stiffness. Using a foam roller will limit soreness and tightness by increasing blood flow and flexibility. Improved blood circulation throughout your skin, fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments is always beneficial to your health and well being. Foam rolling is also a great therapeutic tool. Some muscles (like hip flexors) and ligaments (iliotibial band) are prone to shortening and are difficult to stretch and apply therapeutic pressure to using standard massage and trigger point therapy techniques. However, with a foam roller, you can apply deep pressure massage to such areas and lengthen shortened tissues, thereby preventing physical imbalances that can predispose you to injury and pain. Beyond using a foam roller as a therapeutic tool, you can also use it for a wide range of exercises.
Improving and correcting bad posture is a great way to minimize and reverse chronic neck or back pain. When your body’s muscles and joints are supported and balanced properly, you are better able to perform your every day duties and can join in on the fun activities that you may shy away from when your feeling painful. When your body is not supported correctly or balanced the way it should be, your muscles will have to work harder, some more than others. This imbalance will make the overworked muscles tense and the other muscles will weaken, which will slowly devolve into poor posture. Each person is unique and that is why every person is evaluated as an individual in our office. While some will need stretching, others will need strengthening and some will need both.