What is Prehab and why do we need it?
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Prehab is a proactive approach to avoiding pain and injury by identifying your most vulnerable areas. Building strength and stability to these areas, we can improve mobility, balance and joint function which in turn decreases the potential for injuries.
Many paitents have come in with lower back issues, a pain that keeps returning despite treatments from different professionals over a long period-of-time. As we get older we live with certain aches and pains as we convince ourselves that this age related. The truth is, the pain will stay or continue to come back if we have a dysfunction in our musculoskeletal system. A good massage treatment will certainly help, however we must identify the source and reason for the pain, rather than just treating the site of the pain.
During your treatment and applying tests I am able to identify certain muscles/muscle groups that are either weak or not firing (lacking neural stimulation). Many lower back complaints are due to the gluteal muscles not activating and thus causing other muscles to over stress. Identifying this and doing specific gluteal activation exercises overtime they become stronger and start to switch on and activate when meant to.
Prehab is for all of us, be it in the sporting world and competing at different levels to those of us sitting at a desk 8hrs a day.
In fact, with more and more of us now working in front of computers, having inactive jobs, using mobile devises, and relaxing in front of the TV for some quite time, our lifestyle will cause postural dysfunctions. One being that sitting at a desk for the day, will have a effect on our body. Our shoulders tend to roll forward and will tighten, we then lean forward and disengage our abdominal muscles and hip flexors and over time this will result in discomfort. This is where Prehab can be highly beneficial, to help reduce pain, prevent further injury and strengthen those weaker muscles.
Rehab Vs Prehab
Rehabilitation (Rehab) is well known and documented. When we have broken our leg, had a hip replacement, dislocated a joint or had a bad sprain, we see a physiotherapist who is an expert in identifying their field and will gives us personalised exercises to help restore function, strength and if possible full range of movement to that injured site. All of which is very necessary and beneficial.
Prehabilitation (Prehab) is a proactive approach to avoiding pain and injury by identifying your most vulnerable areas, building strength and stability to these areas, we can improve mobility, balance and joint function which in turn decreases the potential for injuries.