Remedial / Rehabilitation Therapy..
What IS IT and how can it help you?
To walk up or down a set of stairs we must have strength, coordination, balance and flexibility. Whether we do this with speed, or while carrying extra weight, it doesn't really matter. What matters are those 4 key fundamentals that allow us to succeed without feeling pain, discomfort or a complete inability to be able to perform the task.
Remedial therapy is all about overcoming the problems you face with everyday tasks, sporting activities or even just when you're trying to be a little more active; without suffering from pain or discomfort. It's about anyalsying the body to determine what movement patterns are difficult, why they are difficult, and how to overcome them.
Rehabilitation therapy focuses on regaining strength, movement and function after an injury has occurred. Injuries can be varied in nature and are not specific to an accident or direct injury; it can include overuse of a particular joint or muscle (think Repetitive Strain Injury), post operative, poor posture or incorrect training; running with poor footwear, incorrect lifting patterns in the gym, for example.
As soon as these problematic areas have been addressed, it allows you to do so much more - it doesn't just stop at being able to walk up a set of stairs. It can mean having the strength, flexibility, balance and coordination to pick up your children or grand-children, take a bike ride, ride a horse, have a dance, walk home carrying your shopping, or achieve that sporting event that you set your heart on.
Everyday basic tasks that most people take for granted until something (and nothing!) happens and the body stops you, and you end up withdrawing into yourself, becoming less mobile, less strong, less able. Most people end up taking tablets to dull the pain, instead of resolving the actual problem and taking back control of your body. Exercise 1st - medication last!
A very great example is of a client who came to me as a 30 year old lady who couldn't bend down and touch her toes without extreme pain. Within a year of working together, she went on to run her first marathon (full 26 mile marathon!!), and then continued to do one every year for the following few years - she stopped after 4 years, as she felt she'd done all she needed and wanted a break - how fabulous!!
Running a marathon doesn't have to be your goal, and of course, if you have osteoarthritis of the knee, this wouldn't be a possibility for you, but it does give a very real example of how pain can be resolved, and completely overcome, in most cases. You may just want to be able to move more freely..and you should be able to! Life is for living, after all...
In order to be able to move correctly, and freely, the body must be in balance.
If your body is not flexible enough, or strong enough to deal with the pressures you want to put it through on a daily basis, we are more likely to run the risk of injury.