Pre-habilitation & Rehabilitation

Joint replacements are a big deal in Australia with almost 115,000 Australians  having their hip, knee or shoulder replaced in 2016. This number is only expected to grow as our population gets older and we continue to live longer. Most of us are familiar with the idea of rehabilitation after surgery, but have you heard about “prehabilitation?”. Let's take a look at why exercise before surgery is also important for your recovery. What is “Prehab” Prehabilitation, or “prehab”, focuses on using tailored exercise (and other methods) before surgery to improve our outcomes after surgery. Most people are aware that they have to...

Do you run? Do you try to run regularly and feel great when you do? But do you experience shin pain down your legs which stops you from running? This is commonly known as shin splints or more clinically as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) and effects runners world over. The good news is that there is a way to keep on running, to get fitter and even run further without any shin pain! Shin splints don't have to stop you running and you can even run further shin-pain free! Think back to how you feel after you have completed a successful run....

Attention soccer players, coaches and trainers. Are you or your athletes at risk of an ACL injury? In this 3 part series, I will discuss the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and it’s relation to soccer performance.   The ACL is one of the most common yet highly PREVENTABLE knee ligament injuries that occurs in soccer. I will cover the following topics: ACL background information and injury statistics in soccer Common ACL injury mechanism in soccer Specific athletic screening / testing protocol for the ACL you can and SHOULD use in soccer ACL injury prevention exercises to add into your gym routine and soccer...

Are you like the average active person? That even a when a minor injury occurs, it will sideline you from a regular workout routine?   One you niggle your back, twist your knee,  experience shin splits or any other type of injury - all of a sudden you’re out of routine and wondering when you can get back into the game! Here we get into the dangerous gray area of post injury For those out there that are rehabbing these common injuries, the timeframe is generally 2 -4 weeks. But generally recreational athletes will feel better after a week or 2 out of the...

We’ve all heard of the term rehabilitation. But what does pre-habilitation mean?   Prehab is a proactive approach to avoiding pain and injury. Its as simple as an additional exercise, or range of motion exercise that is done to ensure that an injury does not occur. When added to your program it significantly reduces the risk of injuries developed. If you’ve suffered an injury or have been dealing with chronic pain and surgery is on your horizon there’s a chance that your GP, Physiotherapist or Accredited Exercise Physiologist has recommended you for prehabilitation. This refers to improving your functional capacity through increased physical...