How We Do Rehabilitation Continued
Examples of rehab tools & principles we use include…
Helping you identify lifestyle issues that could be placing unnecessary strain on your body and treating neck pain.
Identifying and isolating subtle weakness in your core and showing you how to address it outside or alongside gym routines.
Identifying and correcting issues with your feet using a combination of coaching, exercise prescription & custom orthotics.
Showing you simple postural exercise you can do at your desk to prevent neck pain and shoulder pain.
Showing you simple tools and tricks to make having good posture WAY less like hard work.
Assisting with exercises for long-standing muscle imbalances that can perpetuate knee pain and hip pain
Breaking up the scar tissue that can prevent full recovery in many stubborn pain complaints eg, plantar fasciitis/ knee pain.
Full compliance with rehab programs in our industry is virtually unheard of. Patients who will take an exercise sheet away with them and actually follow through effectively are virtual golden unicorns. The data in this area indicates that full and successful completion of rehab programs for chronic pain complaints is less than 1%. In contrast, at our clinic, we consistently achieve a 70% long term compliance rate on the rehab programs we initiate. How do we achieve this?
The first part of our secret is in all honesty that we don’t force rehab on people who don’t want to do rehab. By communicating openly, honestly, and effectively we are able to discern who simply isn’t ready to pursue longer term outcomes for their pain.
The second, and more rewarding part of our rehab recipe is not expecting you to ‘exercise your way out of pain’. While many clinics attempt to bypass ‘pain treatments’ and expect you to fix your own pain by jumping straight into an exercise program, we don’t initiate rehab until you are pain free, or as close to it as physically possible, this can take weeks or months. The outcome of this is that you are not being given the so-often discouraging task of ‘exercising your pain away’ and instead you can relax into a steady focus on strengthing the area that you have had pain in for the purpose of better long term outcomes.
The third, and most important part of our rehabilitation compliance secret is that we teach you the relevant exercises so well that you could teach them to someone else. If you fully understand the importance of an exercise and you feel very confident in its execution you are many times more likely to follow through in the longer term. This confidence in the purpose and execution of your exercises tends to translate into results quite quickly, another key to longer term compliance is observable success.
We believe that rehabilitation only counts if you are able to fully restore the affected tissue to full function, this is seldom possible with no pain relief, an exercise sheet, and an encouraging pat on the back.