Rehabilitation is the process following on from any episode of pain in order to strengthen and stabilise a particular group of joints, ligaments and muscles. The principles of ‘rehab’ are progressive to build up your body no matter what level your starting from, as well as to maintain and support your biomechanics throughout life.
In particular throughout the spine we have muscles that are designed for postural support, these are deeper muscles which are under those of the intermediate and superficial layer of muscles. As part of your treatment plan you will be given exercises that are specifically designed to target these various muscle groups; to stretch them to increase flexibility as well as to strengthen, stabilise and address any muscular imbalances.
The group of muscles known as the ‘core’ are essential in supporting our daily movements, maintaining good posture and are the key anchor for leverage through our arms and legs.
These are made up of;
*The abdominals; rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, obliquus externus, and obliquus internus.
*The pelvic floor; levator anti, pubococcygeus, iliococcygeus, puborectalis, and coccygeous.
*The spinal extensors; multifidus spinae, erector spinae, splenius, longissimus thoracis, and semispinalis.
If these muscles are weakened or de-conditioned this can predispose us to injury.
A rehabilitation programme can be delivered in many ways using your own body weight or a variety of exercise aids. These could include a resistance band, a gym ball, or free weights to name a few. For existing patients, please look at the patient log-in section to see a reminder of any you have been given so far.