Exercise is the single most essential element of our rehabilitation protocols and is the key to restoring your injured, painful body to normal pain-free activity. Our exercise protocols are designed to accelerate healing processes and correct the underlying postural faults and movement abnormalities that have contributed to your injury.
Research shows that physical treatment alone i.e. spinal manipulation or acupuncture will provide only temporary symptom relief unless the treatment is backed up with a comprehensive therapeutic exercise programme.
Patients are often fearful of moving injured body parts because it is painful to do so. However, providing there are no broken bones* or imminent tendon / ligament ruptures** it is totally safe and indeed desirable to start gently moving as this stimulates the circulation to the injured tissues and promotes healing.
Humans like all mammals are designed to heal by being active and injured tissue needs stress and strain applied to it in a structured and progressive manner in order to ensure a full recovery and return to normal function.
The first goal of our exercise protocols is to get you to a level where you are able to self-manage your symptoms by performing your exercises i.e. putting you back in charge! Our aim is to get you better as rapidly as possible with the minimum amount of treatment possible.
The second goal of your exercise programme is to make sure we do not have to see you again for the same problem in the future by correcting faulty biomechanics and poor posture through exercise.
Without ideal management and rehabilitation injuries may not heal properly leading to chronic pain / stiffness / arthritic changes or a recurrent injury or problems elsewhere in the body. Research indicates that the deep postural (core-stability) muscles in our bodies often do not return to normal function even when an injury appears to have fully healed.
This is why certain injuries tend to be recurrent or never fully recover. Research also shows that only specialist rehabilitation with appropriately trained practitioners is required to fully rehabilitate injuries.
We pride ourselves on keeping up to date with the latest research on exercise and rehabilitation (and indeed on all things physio!) so you can rest assured that your recovery would proceed as rapidly as your body can heal. Of course you could leave it to chance and find out the hard way that your injury has not been fully rehabilitated!
*Contrary to the old wives tales it is still possible to move fingers and toes despite the bones underneath being broken (fractured); furthermore it is sometimes possible to walk on a broken leg. The only way of establishing whether a bone is broken or not is through having x-rays taken. If there is any doubt we will refer you directly to your GP / A&E and recommend urgent further investigation.
**Tendons are the sinews which attach muscles to bone and ligaments hold joints together; it is possible to partially tear a tendon or ligament and if such injuries are not managed properly a complete tear (rupture) may result – ruptures generally necessitate a surgical repair and /or a lengthy period of rehabilitation.
As with everything in life if things are picked up early then they are generally easier to fix! If there is any doubt we will refer you to your GP for urgent investigation or if you are prepared to pay for investigations or if you have Private Medical Insurance we can arrange MRI scans, ultrasounds and X-rays on your behalf.