Rehabilitation Therapy

Rehabilitation Therapy Sydney, Norwest:

Why Rehabilitation Therapy is a crucial factor in getting well and staying well.

What is Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation Therapy is a treatment to aid and assist in the recovery and restoration of health. It is a means of training your body to work properly again. The rehabilitation therapy process commonly uses treatment methods such as exercise and device usage to overcome pain, disability, functional limitations at home/work, as well as to optimise your health and promote long term stability.

Rehabilitation Therapy is an active process. Passive therapy refers to the treatment that is performed by your doctor. This type of therapy is a key factor in getting well, but it isn’t the only factor. Active rehabilitation is performed by you. Direct involvement by you is needed in the recovery process. It may involve muscle strengthening, stretching, specialised movements, corrective exercises, and so on.  Both the passive and active approach is usually required for obtaining the best results.

Why Rehabilitation Therapy is a Crucial Factor in Recovery

Think about these two students learning to play piano.  Student #1 takes a 2 hour lesson with the piano teacher each week. Student #2 takes the 2 hour lesson each week, plus practices each day at home for 30 minutes. Which student do you think would be better at piano?  Student #2! Why?  Because they are actively practicing.

Your active participation in rehabilitation is crucial for your recovery. It builds on the passive therapy that your doctor provides and effectively retrains your body toward recovery. Repeated exercise can assist in overcoming pain, disability and functional limitations. But, it requires determination, persistence and a positive mental attitude.  Research indicates that people who do rehabilitation programs often recover quicker. It just makes sense – think of the piano student that doesn’t practice versus the one that does.

Rehabilitation Therapy and Long Term Stability

Everyone wants to stay well. No one likes to go through the vicious cycle of injury/re-injury. What could be one of the reasons for perpetual injury? Inadequate rehabilitation.  If rehabilitation was ceased to early, or continued modified rehabilitation was abandoned altogether the body’s strength could be low, particular in the areas of joint function and nerve control. If you have read the page on chiropractic, you will know that one of the  potential mechanisms for joint injury is disuse. The same applies to long term stability.  The musculoskeletal and nervous system needs continual stimulation in order to maintain health and stability.

If we think about the piano students above, imagine if they stopped playing altogether.  What do you think their skills would be like in 6 months time? Good or bad? And if we apply that to a runner with an ankle injury that performed no rehabilitation or treatment, and thus their ankle had a residual weakness, do you think that they would be more prone to re-injury?

Thus, rehabilitation may be appropriate treatment choices for your in assisting in recovery from your initial condition, as well as helping maintain long term stability of the body to ward of re-injury.

Important Things to Know about Rehabilitation Therapy

The particular exercise and rehabilitation therapy that you need will depend on the type of health problem that you are experiencing. Thus, a treatment program will be specifically customised for you.  It is important to adhere to this program designed by your doctor because it will give you a good chance at recovery. The following are important things to know about rehabilitation.

  1. Starting Too Soon
  2. Starting Too Late
  3. Not Starting At All

Starting Too Soon

Commencing rehabilitation too soon can exacerbate your problem, making your pain worse and potentially slowing down recovery. Injured tissues first need a chance to recover from the initial stresses before being retrained. Chiropractic is a first line passive therapy that is used to restore range of movement to prepare the body for rehabilitation. Research indicates that commencing rehabilitation too early when range of movement is poor and pain is high, can lead to set backs in recovery.

Starting Too Late

Delaying rehabilitation can affect not only make a problem take longer to health, but it may predispose you to future injury.  If exercise is avoided, even after movement is normalised, the muscles may become weak and fragile.  This contributes to poor body stability. Joints and muscles that are not well supported, and have poor structural integrity, are prone to further damage.

Not Starting At All

Avoiding rehabilitation altogether can delay your return to health.  Remember the piano play that didn’t practice at home?  He was a lot slower at learning the music than the other student.  Avoidance of exercise therapy means that your body is not appropriate trained for recovery, or long term stability. The joints, muscle and nerves need to be used in order to be healthy – use it or lose it.

Rehabilitation Therapy Services Offered

Rehabilitation Therapy Sydney, Norwest:  We offer tailored rehabilitation to each individual and this will need to be discussed with the doctor.  It may involve therapy in conjunction with chiropractic services, supplementation, or exercise.

Please phone or email the clinic for more information.