Rehabilitation

Muscle Strengthening

Muscle strength is required for joint control during everyday tasks. Weight training, or strength training, helps with physical conditioning by increasing strength in individual muscles and muscle groups.

Conditioning Programs

Conditioning exercises are body movements that increase athletic skill and physical fitness while decreasing the likelihood of sports injuries. Programs may include training, aerobic and plyometric exercises based on real-life motions.

Stretching Programs

Stretching can be used by your Physiotherapist as a corrective, preventative and/or recovery strategy. The focus of stretching is on the muscle itself and on where the tendons and muscles meet. Your Physiotherapist can target muscles they feel will assist you to reach your flexibility goals.

Core Training and Pilates

Core stability is vital in the management of people with low back pain. Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on the activation of your core muscles which targets the smaller and deeper back and stomach muscles. Once recruited, these muscles control the position of the spine during dynamic movements of your body.

Plyometric

The main purpose of plyometric training is to heighten the excitability of the nervous system for improved reactive ability of the neuromuscular system. Plyometric training is useful for rehabilitation of the muscle tissue, particularly in the case of medial and lateral loading, rotational loading and/or shock absorption.

Post-Surgical Strengthening

Exercises you perform post-surgery help to strengthen and improve flexibility so that you can get back on your feet faster while increasing your chances of long-term satisfaction with your surgical procedure. It is important to commit to a rehabilitation plan and work with your physiotherapist to continuously set goals.

Fitball

The fitball (exercise ball) is effective for rehabilitation of the back as it works to strengthen and develop the core body muscles that help to stabilize. The fitball adds an element of instability to an exercise forcing the body to work hard at keeping balanced, which over time builds muscle and strength.

Balance Retraining

Balance retraining involves exercises designed to improve coordination of muscular responses as well as the organization of sensory information (eye sight / vestibular system) for balance control. The Physiotherapist’s ultimate goal of balance retraining is to decrease symptoms of dizziness and vertigo, improve balance, increase activity levels and minimize falls.