Functional Rehabilitation Q & A
What is functional rehabilitation?
Functional rehabilitation is a series of exercises designed to imitate movement patterns that you use in your day-to-day life. The goal is to restore your proper movement patterns to improve the coordination between your nervous and muscular systems.
When implemented by a trained chiropractor like Dr. Vickers, functional rehabilitation can accelerate your recovery, prevent future injury, and improve your overall physical performance.
Many men and women choose functional rehabilitation as a way to return to work or get back to their daily activities as soon as possible after surgery or an injury.
Who benefits from functional rehabilitation?
While functional rehabilitation is an exceptional form of therapy for anybody returning to their day-to-day activities following surgery or an injury, it’s primarily used to improve athletic performance.
Many athletes begin a functional rehabilitation program to improve strength, coordination, and flexibility following an injury. For athletes who need to return to regular training as soon as possible, functional rehabilitation gradually normalizes certain movements until you reach your training goal.
For example, if you suffer a running injury, Dr. Vickers may design a plan that identifies and restores your dysfunctional movement patterns, so you can walk, jog, and ultimately run without pain or discomfort.
What are the benefits of functional rehabilitation?
Functional rehabilitation therapy offers many benefits for anybody recovering from surgery or an injury, including:
Better muscle memory
By engaging your muscles with repetitive, functional exercises, functional rehabilitation helps improve muscle memory.
A functional rehabilitation program can help build cardiovascular stamina while improving endurance during high-intensity activities, like weightlifting or running.
A crucial part of any functional rehabilitation program is improving posture and balance. This helps engage your core and keep your spine in proper alignment. Balance and posture also help improve your form when exercising or playing sports.
Less joint pain
Joint pain is often caused by chronic overuse, which can degrade your joints over time. Functional rehabilitation aims to strengthen your joints and prevent overuse to alleviate pain and restore joint mobility.
Functional rehabilitation doesn’t just strengthen your muscles, it also retrains them to become more flexible. This can significantly help reduce your chances of reinjury while alleviating pain and discomfort.
If you think you can benefit from functional rehabilitation, call Allied Healthcare, LLC, or schedule an appointment online.