How Kinesiologists Contribute to Successful Active Rehabilitation
Kinesiologists are gaining more recognition for their important contributions to helping people with chronic medical conditions, disabilities or musculoskeletal injuries, stay active for life. Working towards achieving the strength and movement you once possessed can be challenging. Since our bodies work as kinetic chains, injury or damage to one aspect throws it off as a whole. Kinesiologists assess how each injury has changed the way your body moves. Using exercises that incorporate your particular body considerations, we guide you with specific exercises, stretches, movement re-education and lifestyle modifications to get your entire body fit again.
What is exercise rehab? Recovery from injury can be a long process that requires a team of health and medical professionals to work together to give you an efficient and effective recovery plan. Exercise rehabilitation enables you to understand the difference between discomfort and pain while learning to challenge yourself. Once the injured area has healed from the initial trauma or surgery, it is time to build strength, flexibility and endurance. Everything in our body is connected and injury to one area affects movement to other areas in our body.
Who can do exercise rehab? Anyone can participate! The great thing about getting moving again through exercise is that the routine created for you is directly suited to your needs. No matter if you are coming back from a shoulder injury, recovering from a car accident, or managing a chronic medical condition such as Parkinson’s or osteoarthritis, exercise programs are designed specifically to help you regain as much function as possible.
Why do exercise rehab?
- The point of exercise rehab is for you to regain function. Working the body as a whole is an important step in the rehab process, which will get you back to work or sports, and prevent further movement compensations. By strengthening the injured area as well as the entire body, you increase the ability of the area affected by your previous injury and prevent new injuries from occurring.
- Take on new habits. If you didn’t exercise before, this could be a great opportunity to get into an exercise regime. It is also time to learn new exercises to improve your lifestyle and quality of life.
- Feel good about the way you move again. Nothing beats the satisfaction of coming back from an injury and being able to enjoy the activities that you once loved to do. Exercise Rehab can get you to this point efficiently and safely.
Get Moving Tips for Exercise Rehab
- Find someone to exercise with or motivate you.Since exercise is a vital part of the rehab process, it is important that you complete the regime you have been given, as well as completing the exercises correctly so that you don’t further injure yourself. If you need some motivation, bring along a friend or find someone who has similar limitations as yourself to work through the exercises together. Being active with a friend will make your rehab process more enjoyable.
- Don’t Push too Soon or Too Fast Remember: the main point in partaking in an Exercise Rehab routine is to get better. By doing too much too fast, you can set yourself back in terms of achieving full recovery. More is not always better. Listen to your body and learn how to distinguish between “pain” and “discomfort.” Work at your own pace and only move to the next stage of your rehab program when you are ready.
- Hire a professional such as a Lifemoves Kinesiologist to guide you back to your previous activities in a safe, effective and efficient way. Our Kinesiologists communicate with the other health professionals involved in your care. Our focus is to design a comprehensive physical fitness program while keeping in mind any limitations or restrictions you may have. Training with a Kinesiologist will provide you with feedback as to whether you are doing the exercises correctly. With our guidance you will continue to enjoy an active life full of movement.