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What’s the difference between physio and exercise rehab?
Think of exercise rehab as the bridge between physio and getting back to your normal activities. Physiotherapy at Victory often starts with hands on treatment, and patients normally go to physiotherapy when they’re in pain. Once you’re out of pain, this is the next step to keep you out of pain, by improving and “grooving” your new movement patterns so that you can move well and strongly, and to reduce the risk of re-injuring yourself.
What happens in an exercise rehab session?
All these sessions at Victory’s London facility are an hour long, and tailored for each patient. Your therapist will start with a brief chat with you to see how you’re getting on – if you’re having issues with any specific movements, or any pain, it’s important that we know so that we can plan your session around it.
From there, sessions are based around our RSM system – Release, Stabilise, Move.
You’ll begin by Releasing any tight muscles, using equipment like foam rollers, massage balls or doing some stretches. Then you’ll move on to Stabilise – activating your stability (core) muscles, to help optimise your movement (some people find this easier than others!).
And finally, you’ll do some Movement exercises which are more about building strength and resistance. All of these exercises are specifically designed for each patient, as a triathlete with a knee injury will have very different needs from an office worker with a knee injury, for example!
I don’t really play sport – is exercise rehab still useful for me?
Absolutely. Around half of our patients who see us for exercise rehab don’t play sports or do much exercise, because it is about giving your body the capacity to do what you need it to do. Even if your goal is to be able to sit at your desk comfortably, or be able to climb the stairs, it can help provide you with a safe way back to movement.
We see this especially with a number of our patients who have chronic pain; if they have been restricting their movements because of pain, it can be more difficult to return to natural movement. For example, if you have a back injury and have been lying flat on a hard surface frequently to help your back, you may struggle to go back to sitting upright on a comfortable sofa, or going for longer walks. We can provide you with gentle but progressive steps to get you moving again with confidence.
Why should I do exercise rehab at Victory?
If you’ve already been to see us for physiotherapy, your therapists can collaborate to provide the best approach for you to make sure you experience joined-up care. But even if you haven’t been to see us before, the most important thing about exercise rehab at Victory is that it’s all individual. Everyone’s injuries, needs and goals are different – and everyone moves differently.
All of our patients receive a highly detailed treatment plan, specifically for them and based around their needs. This includes their rehabilitation exercises, and their cues to do them so that it becomes part of their natural movement. This might be remembering to squat properly when they sit down, or activating their glutes when they climb stairs. The cues are really important – we want your movement to be natural and easy, and to make sure moving efficiently and pain free comes naturally to you rather than a generic stretching routine twice a day.