Functional Rehabilitative Exercise Q&A
At Harvest Pointe Chiropractic & Integrative Health Centre, we recognize a multidisciplinary approach to care provides the best results. Although spinal manipulation therapy has shown to help with flexibility/mobility, we believe when paired with exercise or functional rehabilitation, we are able to achieve optimal healing and prevention for future injuries. For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5069 Ellerslie Rd SW Edmonton, AB T6X 1X2.
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What kind of rehabilitative exercise is emphasized?
What are some benefits of rehabilitative exercise?
Do I need a lot of equipment for rehab exercise?
What if I have pain while performing rehab exercise?
I have not performed any prescribed exercise, can I still come to my appointment?
Each rehabilitative exercise is individually catered to patients depending on their condition and functional goals. Generally, we believe most patients do well when we help them rehab for stabilization and proprioceptive training of the lower limb. Some of the objectives for these include:
1. To help improve motor control and strengthen stabilizer muscles such as transverse abdominus (TvA), multifidus, and hip abductor muscles
2. Improve lower limb alignment during activities of daily living
Some examples of exercise protocols prescribed to patients include:
1. Clam exercise
2. Side lying hip lateral rotation and extension
3. Single leg stance
4. Quadruped hip extension and lateral rotation
5. Planks (from knee then progress to full plank)
6. Hip lateral rotation utilizing resistance band
Along with stabilization exercises, we also use yoga stretches in our exercise prescription. The combination of stabilization, strength, and flexibility exercises enhances the activation of certain muscles in core, hip, trunk, and lumbar spine.
When patients are involved in their care, we see better results. This is referred as active care. By involving active care in our patient’s treatment plan, where patients perform their prescribed exercises at home, we tend to see positive changes in their functional, performance, and strength capabilities. Furthermore, a propensity to reinjury decreases. As well, incorporating exercise to the trunk and lumbar spine muscles further enhances the benefits of spinal manipulation therapy or manual therapy.
Most rehab exercises that our chiropractors prescribe requires very little equipment, mainly an exercise mat and sneakers are needed. If an exercise equipment is required, such as resistance band, it is usually available at the clinic for purchase, or we can direct you to a health store where such items are available.
Your chiropractors are trained to grade the exercises and provide modifications that do not cause harm to your body. Remember, these prescribed exercises are meant to decrease pain and help improve performance or activity of daily living. It is important to let your chiropractor know if exercise intervention exacerbate your pain.
However, if you have pain while performing the prescribed exercises:
1. Immediately cease the exercise
2. Apply heat, ice, or topical ointment to the area that is injured
3. Call our office and speak to our therapist so that we can provide further instructions
Of course! Our therapists prescribed exercises to further enhance your treatment experience. It is for your own benefit to participate in these exercises so that you can get the full extent of the healing and wellness process.
Include our knowledgeable team of chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncture providers in your journey to health, talk to our professionals today! For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5069 Ellerslie Rd SW Edmonton, AB T6X 1X2. We serve patients from Edmonton AB, Beaumont AB, Nisku AB, Leduc AB, Acheson AB, and Sherwood Park AB.