Body@Work Physiotherapy is about active treatment.
It involves you being actively engaged in the treatment process and being able to become self-reliant in managing your injury over time. The greatest advantage of an active recovery is the natural release of endorphins through exercise – these are the body’s built-in pain relievers.
The goals of treatment include:
- Understanding the mechanism of chronic pain
- Reducing fear of pain
- Restoring normal movement patterns
- Remodeling healed tissues
- Regaining function
Active recovery is about relearning normal movement patterns, and avoiding abnormal movements. In other words, using your body the way it is designed to be used.
Abnormal movement patterns you might be familiar with include limping/compensating for a weak limb; or avoiding movement altogether until the ‘pain goes away’. These abnormal movement patterns often make your original problem worse due to neglect, weakness and fear of pain.
What does my program involve?
- After your assessment, your physiotherapist will supervise you through hour-long exercise sessions
- Your program will be tailored to your specific needs,
- As you progress through the program and gain confidence in your ability to exercise safely, you will attend the gym independently, with regular check-ups with the physiotherapist in the gym.
- After completion of the supervised sessions, you will be reassessed to determine changes in your condition and your working capacity
- Recommendations will be made to your GP and insurer based on these outcomes.
- You will continue your program independently, progressing as you have been taught for the remainder of the 3 month gym membership
Will exercise make my pain worse?
It is quite likely that this increase in activity may increase your pain level in the short term. The process of rebalancing your body involves:
- Teaching your body to move normally
- Stretching tight structures
- Strengthening weak structures
- Redirecting your body’s healing
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a normal response to exercise, and may cause some discomfort until your body becomes accustomed to this new level of activity.
What is required of me?
Commitment!! – Your body is designed to heal and remodel itself – we just need to ensure that it heals well through education and exercise.