Injury rehabilitation plays a key role in ensuring your injury does not return, and will determine the speed of your return to sport, or to generally feeling like your old self again. The findings of the initial examination and assessment will determine the best course of treatment for you, and which exercises will ensure a speedy recovery!
If a joint is stiff and causing pain, range of motion exercises or mobilisations (performed by the therapist) will be prescribed. Once optimal range of motion is achieved, strengthening will begin on weak muscles and ligaments, using a variety of muscle specific exercises. Following this the therapy becomes more functional, replicating movements and drills performed in your chosen sport or profession. Throughout this process, sports massage is used to break down scar tissue which may be forming, realign muscle fibres to ensure optimal recovery, reduce pain, and make you feel good!!
So, don’t ignore that niggle or accept having a bad knee, because with a thorough examination and assessment, the correct rehabilitation and exercise prescription, you really can be functionally fit again to live and train without pain!