Exercise rehabilitation plays an integral part in recovery from pain or injury by helping you recover faster, prevent re-injury and develop resilience. The aim of exercise rehabilitation is to bring back full function following injury through restoring muscle strength, endurance, power, and improving flexibility.
Rehabilitation exercises can begin as soon as possible after the acute phase which is typically around 72 hours. Early-stage rehabilitation involves gentle exercise allowing for the damaged tissue to heal. Mid-stage rehabilitation can include progressive loading to the muscles, tendons, bones, or ligaments. Late-stage rehabilitation is where functional exercises and drills can be prescribed to improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina, and to stress the new tissues to ensure the body is ready for pain-free daily movement and exercise.
Overall, the benefits of exercise rehabilitation include:
- Faster recovery
- Reduced pain
- Restoring muscle strength, endurance, and power
- Improving flexibility
- Enhanced proprioception and improved balance
- Injury prevention
- Creating resilience and reducing chances of re-injury