Prevention and Management of Injury
Traditionally, exercise therapy has developed from a sports medicine or fitness perspective, and hence the exercises that are often prescribed for injury prevention and rehabilitation are variations on those developed within the sports and fitness arena. While very effective in returning athletes to their chosen sport or level of activity, for some, a more rehabilitative approach is required.
At Smart Health, we aim to provide a range of therapeutic exercise options that are designed to not only assist in the rehabilitation of injury but to address any possible movement pattern flaws that may have been instrumental in the injury process. From very safe and simple early stage rehab to complex movement pattern specific training, the aim of our exercise therapy is to assist people in returning to their pre-injury physical capacity with a greater understanding and knowledge of the impact of their daily activity on health.
In the case of lower back injury, long term bending and reaching patterns are often a significant impediment to overcoming recurrent pain cycles. By using the medium of video movement analysis, and the principles of motor learning and skill modification, exercise programs are centred around developing more effective movement patterns that will reduce the stresses on injured or degenerative lumbar structures.
Any movement, if repeated often enough and with sufficient resistance will increase levels of fitness strength and endurance, but only movements based on effective skill modification, will assist in altering movement habits that aggravate existing back injuries.
Smart Health practitioners utilise mobile app software to allow the client a user friendly home program guide, which is sent to the clients Smart Phone or Tablet with detailed descriptions and as such allows a seamless transition of exercise from the clinic to the home or office.
Exercise Therapy Practitioners
Hydrotherapy exercise offers a safe and therapeutic exercise environment ideally suited to those who require the support of water buoyancy to exercise prescription for pre and post surgery and recovering from significant injury. It also ideally suits those ageing or with degenerating joints.
With the double benefit of reducing the weight bearing load through joints and increasing the resistance on muscle contraction, hydrotherapy is the ideal exercise environment for people with;
- Lumbar spine injuries
- Pre and post Hip replacement
- Pre and post Knee replacement
- Pre and post shoulder surgery
Hydrotherapy is also ideal for people looking to lose weight but who are restricted in the amount of cardiovascular exercise they can do because of lower limb or spinal injuries or degeneration.
With a water temperature of 33 – 36 Degrees Celsius it is not only a beneficial exercise environment but a warm and relaxing one.
The buoyancy of the water allows normal land based exercises to be performed much easier and with an infinitely variable resistance. Using floatation aids and resistance tools an individualised program is designed for you to complete under the supervision of an experienced Physiotherapist.