Injury Rehabilitation Process
The sports injury rehabilitation process is described below. There are no quick fixes when it comes to injury rehabilitation. We are not simply trying to remove pain. A sound injury rehabilitation process is concerned with restoring function and importantly reducing the risk of re-injury.
Stage 1 - Free Consultation
The first stage of effectively healing your body is to either come into the sports injury clinic or have a phone conversation for a free 30-minute consultation.
During this time we will discuss your current situation and the history surrounding it.
Often our bodies have been compensating for an injury that we picked up a long time ago and haven't realised that the pain we are feeling is actually originating from a problem somewhere completely different in our body.
This is why only treating the injured area usually gives short-term relief... quick fixes are never the best option for your long-term health.
We will also discuss what you want from the treatment, be that anything from being able to move around daily without pain or to return to competitive sports.
Stage 2 - Assessment
I will make a number of key assessments of your whole body so we are both clear about what is truly going on inside.
If an accurate and reliable assessment is not performed then we are simply guessing as to what is happening in your body
Stage 3 - Massage / Muscular Therapy (Postural correction)
From this point I can begin to restore health to your muscles/joints through various soft tissue massage techniques.
There are often 'trigger points' and short-tight muscles that need treating to alleviate pain and restore balance to the body.
For some people, this stage can last for several sessions, enabling a full treatment of all muscles identified through the assessment as requiring help.
4 - Flexibility (Postural correction)
In this stage I will create a stretch program that is specific to your body, as identified by the assessment stage. Your program will be taught to you before stage 3 has been completed so you can start taking care of your own body.
The importance of getting this right can not be overstated. Strength training and participating in sport with a poorly balanced muscular system will lead to more complications within your body.
No good comes from constantly having physical treatment without being taught how to do something about it for yourself. It keeps money going from your bank account and doesn't empower you in the long-term.
Stage 5 - Functional Conditioning
Up to this point the short-tight muscles have been treated and stretched. One of the main reasons they went tight in the first place was because some muscles went long and weak so they tried to do their job.
This has to be addressed otherwise you will only keep going back into pain.
I will create and teach you how to first stabilise your body and then how to strengthen it. Strength training without a solid stabilised base is like trying to fire a cannon from a canoe... it really won't work.
Your body works through functional mechanics and not in an isolated manner - gym machines unfortunately usually only isolate which is not how your body works in the real world.
Your body will be trained into fully integrated movement patterns that will give you every opportunity to live the engaging life you choose to lead.
The holistic overview runs alongside the whole rehabilitation process. Key lifestyle factors are analysed to see where your bodies energy demands may be negatively impacting recovery and performance.
We're not looking to change everything. Just a couple of small changes can go a long way to helping.