Bridging the Gap Between Functionality & Performance with Post Rehab Exercise

After completing a post injury rehabilitation program, patients receive follow up instructions to continue their recovery process on their own at home. One of the most vital components of any follow up plan is exercise. Rehab exercises are designed to reestablish full range of motion, so you can get back into your regular activities without delay. While post injury exercise is vital for recovery, many individuals struggle to adhere to exercise plans for a sufficient period of time. Others, who do adhere to plans, may wish to invest more time and energy into exercise to maximize performance. In both of these cases, individuals can find the assistance they need with a knowledgeable and experienced personal trainer.

Adhering to Post Injury Exercise Plans

Post rehab exercise programs build serious strength, boost your performance and reduce the chance of future injury, all essential elements of a full recovery. Despite the benefits that post injury exercise provides, many people stop short of completing their follow up plans.

Studies analyzing patient adherence have found noncompliance with home exercises in musculoskeletal cohorts in thirty to fifty percent of cases, “making it a significant issue that places additional burden on patients and health care providers.” Nonadherence with post injury exercise programs can:

  • Extend the length of treatment,
  • Negatively impact the patient provider relationship
  • Compromise the effectiveness of treatment.

Patients who did not exercise regularly prior to injury are more likely not to adhere to exercise plans post injury. Others list additional injury as a primary concern.

If safety is a concern for you, working with a personal trainer is your best bet. They will check your form, particularly in the area where you were injured, to ensure good posture and avoid overcorrection. Listen to your body. If you feel any pain, let your personal trainer know right away. One great advantage of working with a personal trainer post injury is that you will be provided with a wide range of exercises to choose from. If you detect pain, your trainer will either alter your position to limit the range of motion or have you switch to a different exercise.

Bridging the Gap Between Functionality & Performance

One of the best things you can do for your health post injury rehab is commit to a regular exercise program. Even post recovery, exercise is vital for ongoing health and well-being. For those who want to progress physical abilities from functional to optimal, personal training is the way to go. While rehab exercise is designed to get patients back into their everyday routines, regular, ongoing exercise programs are designed to build strength, lose weight and/or achieve additional fitness goals. Athletes who have recovered from injury, for example, can not only bring their performance level back up to where it was prior to injury, but also build on that performance level with ongoing personal training.

At Core Results, our personal trainers understand the importance of rehabilitation exercise and can help you safely transition from rehab exercise to a regular, ongoing exercise plan. Contact us for your first FREE consult today!

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