One of the most common reasons to pursue rehabilitation is to aid recovery from a break or trauma to the musculoskeletal system. Whether you have experienced a bone fracture, pulled muscle or are dealing with tendon or ligament issues, a targeted approach to your injury will help reduce recovery time and offer greater probability of a full recovery.
Your first line of treatment will most likely be administered by an orthopedic specialist who will assess your injury and provide the initial diagnosis. Whether or not a surgical approach is recommended the affected region will be immobilized to advance the remedial process. After a period of time your doctor will prescribe some targeted movement. It is usual to consult a physiotherapist at the beginning of your rehabilitation to help guide you through the recovery process. This is where I come in. I work concurrent with health care professionals to help you regain your strength and reacquire full functionality of the injured area.
Where I become most advantageous is in restoring the body back to its previous condition prior to the trauma. Musculoskeletal injuries can have an effect on the entire body if sedentary for extended periods of time. Muscle mass will be depleted leading to loss of strength, lack of endurance and overall good health of the body. My goal is to get you back to where you want to be.
It's a long and slow process recovering from illness. The end result can leave you with a body you barely recognize. I have worked with clients post cancer who have beat the disease, but treatment and bed rest resulted in 40% depletion of overall body weight. People in this situation think they will never get back to their former selves . The process seems insurmountable. Well, let me tell you this, if you have doctor’s clearance to start exercise then it is possible to reacquaint yourself with the person you used to know. The first step out of bed is always the hardest.
An essential quality a trainer must possess in this situation is patience, a quality I’m happy to say I have. I once spent two years doing isometric exercises with a client because the illness she was fighting did not allow freedom of joint movement. Isometric exercises worked the body statically and allowed her to maintain and improve strength of the joints which eventually lead to recovery. It was patience from both trainer and client that lead to success.
One of the joys of the job is to help women pre and post pregnancy. I have trained over a dozen clients to full term and beyond and the one thing they all say is, "working out while pregnant has definitely shortened my post-delivery recovery". If you workout while you are pregnant you will lose your pregnancy weight quicker, you will have fewer aches and pains, you will maintain flexibility and enjoy a whole host of other positive side effects of increased physical well-being.
There is no debate on the positive effects of a training program during pregnancy, but caution is also warranted on the degree of stress applied to you and your baby. It is not “workout" as usual. It is inadvisable to put as much stress on your body as you would during a normal workout session. You will have to adapt to maintain a safe and secure workout program. There are also elements to your program that will have to be changed. Things like lying on your back during the later course of your pregnancy and when you should stop doing abdominals should all be discussed with your doctor.
An honest and frank discussion should be had with your physician before embarking upon any type of physical activity during pregnancy. The benefits of exercise during pregnancy are far and wide, but at the end of the day only you and your doctor can decide what is right for you.