Exercise Functional Rehabilitation
Functional rehabilitation combines various techniques in an attempt to return an injured athlete /worker /person to an optimal level of performance.
The overall goal of functional rehabilitation is to transfer the improvements gained in strength, flexibility and coordination to real life situations so that an individual’s activities of daily living are easier to perform.
If you an athlete functional rehabilitation means that we will work on your ability to get back to your specialised movement patterns safely without compensatory movements.
Functional Rehabilitation is by far the most important aspect of the rehabilitation process and unfortunately the most neglected one
There are a lot of aspects that must be addressed. There are some of them :
Pain avoidance behaviour
Nobody likes pain. Some people will change the way they move (walk, stand, pick things up) to avoid pain. Of course, in acute stages this is normal behaviour and fully justified. However, sometimes this behaviour becomes a habit (even after pain is gone) and can lead to development of faulty movement patterns and compensations.
Stability vs rigidity
Stability is crucial for generation of movement (we call this dynamic stability). That means that we need to stabilise our trunk and pelvis so the muscles that move our arms and legs have a stable platform to generate a contraction and produce movement. However, if the stability mechanism gets in overdrive, we overuse our trunk muscles and become ridged. This can be significantly contributing to chronically stiff neck, upper and lower back.
Sometimes people believe that their “back is out”. Something is out of place? When they move in a certain way it will “go out” again. Luckily, our body is certainly much more robust than that. Usually, people are unknowingly referring to a ligament or a capsule sprain when they say this. However, it can have significant impact on their movement patterns.
Altered movement patterns
As mentioned before, an injury, surgery and/or trauma has the potential to alter how we do things. Initially that can be very beneficial (to avoid the overload of injured structure). Long term, if not corrected will almost certainly lead to compensatory patterns and overload of surrounding structures.
Altered breathing pattern
If you look how new-born and young children breath or cry, you’ll see that their diaphragm is working very well. This is our normal inherited breathing pattern at rest called “diaphragmatic breathing”. Things are changing if there is need for more oxygen (eg running) and we need to use other muscles to elevate our thoracic cage to draw more air into our lungs. The correct breathing technique is necessary for proper trunk and pelvis stability. Unfortunately, after injury or trauma, some people can develop altered breathing patterns, most commonly a tendency to “hold their breath” which can lead to an array or postural issues including, rigidity, excessive abdominal pressure, overuse of shoulder and neck muscles.
At Pure Osteopathy Noosa we can help you restore functional movement patterns like squatting, pushing, pulling, reaching etc with great efficiency and confidence. We also have access to a fully equipped Pilates studio to use in retraining.
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