Pre-hab: What is it and How Does it Help?

10/11/2019

Pre-hab: What is it and How Does it Help?

If you are an athlete, whether you’re a professional or a weekend warrior, it is in your nature to push your body to its full potential. But before you do so, it is important to ask yourself, “Is my body ready to take on that challenge?” Undetected weakness and vulnerabilities could prime you for a devastating injury. Additionally, if you are currently injured or recovering from an injury or surgery, getting straight back into a workout regimen could be more harmful than you may realize.

Fortunately, there is a way to prepare your body for a safe and speedy recovery: pre-hab. If you are in need of a surgical procedure, or if you have a long injury-related recovery ahead of you, you may be a prime candidate for pre-hab. For more information, contact NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness to schedule a consultation with a physiotherapist today.

How to tell if you are unfit for extensive physiotherapy or athletic training:

When your body isn’t conditioned to perform certain physical demands, it is likely that you may sustain even more damage, whether it be inflammation, tears, or ruptures. Think of it in terms outside of your injury or procedure: if someone lives a sedentary lifestyle for years and then decides they want to sign up for a triathlon, their body won’t physically be able to complete the event if they don’t spend ample amounts of time pre-conditioning.

Your body is the same way after it sustains an injury or surgical repair, and the same concerns hold true for anyone looking to undergo physiotherapy. A major injury or surgical procedure can leave you sidelined for weeks or months. You become physically weaker as you recover, even if you feel as if you have the same amount of strength.

During that time, joints may stiffen up, while muscles and connective tissues can atrophy. A complete lack of activity while you’re getting over your immediate damage may even promote the development of internal scar tissue called adhesions. That’s why pre-conditioning your body is so important before returning to any sort of physical activity – you are retraining your body to handle the specific motions and weight loads that it was able to do before it became injured.

Pre-hab exercises and techniques to get you started:

Pre-hab is a critical preparatory stage for getting your body ready for the physiotherapy rehabilitation treatments it has ahead, and achieving your end goal of returning to the activities you love.

One of the most important aspects of pre-hab is core training, which focuses on the core muscles of your lower back, lower abdomen, and pelvic region, in order to regain and enhance your body’s balance and stability. Exercises to strengthen and mobilize the upper back are also helpful in pre-hab, giving your body a solid degree of overall stability before moving on to other exercises.

When you participate in pre-hab exercises, you will work on repetitive motions that are common to your sport, such as throwing a javelin or lifting weights. Your physiotherapist will design a specialized treatment plan to your needs, which will focus on a selection of specific exercises to prepare your body for regaining its optimum function. This will allow you to complete your physiotherapy treatments in a quicker fashion and return to your athletic routine without the risk of hurting yourself.

Going beyond sports with pre-hab:

People who are non-athletes can also benefit from pre-hab practices. Sometimes just the physical demands of daily life can take a toll on the body, such as doing office work or handling household chores. A body with uneven muscle development is also a prime target for overuse injuries and repetitive motion disorders, such as plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder bursitis, and other uncomfortable conditions.

Pre-hab exercises can help people in these risk groups optimize their fitness and prevent such injuries. If you are in need of a surgical procedure, or if your daily activities are causing you chronic pain, a pre-hab program from our dedicated physiotherapists can help make your recovery faster and easier.

Contact us today:

Whatever the case may be, our physical team is ready to help you recover from injuries and prevent others from occurring. Call NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness today to schedule your appointment and get started on the path toward relief, recovery, and returning to your physical activities!

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