So you’ve had your surgery, a course of osteopathy, physio or chiropractic treatment or some sports massage and you are ‘better’. The affected area no longer hurts as it did and you’re ‘getting back to normal’.
Everyone keeps talking about the fact that you need to strengthen the area again, get full function back, achieve the full range of movement. We all know how important it is to try and prevent recurrence of the injury and to protect the vulnerable tissues as they fully recover.
Or maybe you have a joint or region of your body which you have long been aware is your ‘weak, vulnerable part’ which you have to take care of and be protective over when exercising.
The secret is rehabilitation
Towards the end of a course of treatment, many patients are given a sheet of exercises by their therapist, perhaps with a demonstration or brief instructions, and they are sent on their way, with some theraband, an ankle weight or similar.
But there are so many unanswered questions:
- Are you doing the exercises correctly?
- How long should you do the exercises for?
- How many repetitions?
- What about resting in between exercises – for how long?
- What about if it hurts, do you stop or do you do more?
- How to stretch afterwards?
- How quickly do you build the resistance, intensity, number of repetitions?
- If you’re sore the next day, should you ease up or push on?
EXERCISE REHABILITATION is the process of regaining full function through exercise following injury. It involves restoring strength, flexibility, endurance, and power to the affected part. It is achieved through various exercises and drills. It is particularly appropriate for sports people wanting to return to peak performance and competition, but is equally relevant to everyday people who want to be confident in their recovery and their ability to get on with their day to day activities and recreational exercise.
Everyone is different – it might be that you attend 3 or 4 classes and then go away and train alone for a few weeks before returning…it may be that attending just a couple of classes will give you the knowledge you need to feel confident to continue your recovery alone.
Because class sizes will be small (a max of 8 clients), each client can follow their personalised programme. So you may be rehabbing after a knee injury, while another person in the class may be recovering from a shoulder operation, another a back strain and someone else a hip replacement. Glyn will circulate between clients in the class, guiding and advising each person appropriately.
You will work with a variety of pieces of equipment which may include weight adjustable dumbells, mat-based exercises, theraband resistance work or on exercise balls for balance, strength and proprioception. All equipment will be provided. Please wear suitable clothing that does not restrict your movement and ensure that you remove outdoor shoes before entering the studio. You might want to bring a bottle of water.
GLYN DAVYS BSc Hons (Sports Therapy), GSR
Graduate Sports Rehabilitator, Member of BASRaT