Who my clients generally are?
Usually I see musculoskeletal patients. We see a lot of patients with acute conditions of the shoulder, back and knee. When they come through to me, I complete their rehabilitation and work on injury prevention. We also see patients for chronic conditions (such as low back pain) and post-operative care (total knee replacement), again exercise physiology will compliment physiotherapy.
What I do on a daily basis?
I observe and then I teach good movement. I’m a big believer in Gray Cook’s philosophy of “First move well, then move often”. Together with a patient we’ll do a barrage of testing to see how they move in different planes of motion (testing is specific to the condition). For example, if they can balance well on the right foot but when it comes to the left foot they can’t seem to balance comfortably or for a long period of time, we’ll do further tests to find out why. I aim to improve people’s movement, then I aim to get them strong.
Getting strong is the last stage of my treatment. If a patient can become much more capable than what is generally required then they will have an easier time when doing their activities of daily living. If they now have strong legs, then those stairs they struggled with previously are easy now, this sets them up to lead a happier and more active life. I will see patients who need education, planning, motivation and accountability, it’s often not a case of seeing someone every week, it’s about giving someone the tools to succeed if they get that in one or two sessions then that’s a great outcome.