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What is Post-Rehabilitation Fitness? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Fletcher   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 17:23

How can we move easily, efficiently and without pain? It is something we all desire. From our cars to our bodies, modern American society accepts the metaphor that "movement is freedom!"

Anything that restricts our movement is seen as restricting our freedom. This is true for children who are "grounded" to adults who are "imprisoned" to patients or anybody else who's ever been "bound up" with pain or stiffness.

While everybody who comes to us has an athlete inside of them, not everybody can freely express themselves through movement because of pain or stiffness. Post-Rehab fitness is a key component in modern medical, orthopaedic and health services. Our goal is to help our clients re-attain the freedom of movement.

Sometimes we work independently with our clients - as is the case where pain and stiffness is relatively low and can be traced back to possible muscular or fascial dysfunction. Most often, we at Rhythmic Nature Fitness work very closely with the client, their doctor and a physical therapist. It is the Doctors duty to diagnose and medically treat the patients condition. When medical treatment is complete, the patient enters a rehabilitation period. The Physical Therapist is there to facilitate that process, further treating the condition and the localized, immediately afflicted area. The very rare, usually private, excellent PT will treat not only treat the injury but the whole body and the pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, their time with the patient is often limited.

This leaves the patient with some very important questions...

"What happens after that?"

"I still have soreness - what do I do, where do I go?"

"The doctor told me that I can't do XYZ movements. What does that mean for me? What can I do??"

Perhaps, one of most important questions is, "How do I get on with my life without re-injuring myself?"

The post-rehab professional is there to answer those questions. It is his job to make the client transition from medical patient to medical success story as smooth as possible. When the surgery and therapy are complete, client and trainer work together to re-integrate the nerves, muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments into global, functional movement patterns.

Older, non-functional movement patterns may have developed previously, initiating a chain of events that led to the original injury. If these movement patterns aren't addressed, the likelihood of relapse is increased. Poor movement patterns can also be created because of the injury. Often this situation arises as the patient attempts to protect the injured region from pain and further injury. Without re-education, these patterns remain a permanent part of the patients lifestyle - leading to decreased body awareness, poor blood circulation, stiffness, soreness and poor movement. Often, within a short period of time, the end result is a new injury.

Addressing this concern means assessing those non-functional patterns and creating a strategy that helps to re-educate the clients body. Those strategies will include the use of global movements, using most of the muscles in the body. Since each muscle in the body is connected to every other muscle in the body through fascial and nervous systems, the functionally synchronized and patterned use of a large group of muscles can override erroneous patterns around a single joint or area.

Simply put - we already know how to move! We just have to clear the way for the body to do what it does best.


A post-rehabilitation specialist is an expert in assessing how an injury has altered their clients movement as well as finding just the right combination of activities to counter and re-educate the nervous control of those altered movements.

Our goal, at the end of the day is to help our client regain healthy, pain-free movement, and to regain their sense of freedom.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 October 2009 01:01

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