What is rehabilitation?
Physiotherapy rehabilitation aims to optimise patient function and well-being, to help integrate that patient back into their chosen lifestyle activities whether at home, work or leisure. Rehabilitation should focus on changes to functional difficulties and lifestyle restrictions based on the patient’s own goals for functional improvement.
Rehabilitation can be used for a range of conditions including;
- recovery from injury such as fractures, ligament or tendon strains and muscle pulls
- following surgery;
- knee surgery – cruciate reconstruction or cartilage operations
- shoulder tendon repairs and stabilsations following dislocations
- back surgery
- general abdominal surgery
- the management of long-term conditions eg arthritis
- fall prevention (see below)
- improve your balance
Rehabilitation should start as soon as possible to speed recovery.
A individualised, graduated treatment programme will be developed between you and your physiotherapist in order to promote return to the activities you enjoy as soon as possible. Equipment used does not have to be complicated and we ensure you can continue any exercises we teach you at home to maximise your rehabilitation. We often use simple weights, resistance bands, gym balls and your own body weight. Our team also includes qualified Pilates instructors (APPI) for individual or small group sessions.
Research suggests 19 minutes of additional exercise a day in an acute or rehabilitation setting is all that is required to achieve:
- improved mobility
- increase in muscle strength
- increased activity levels
- significantly improved quality of life.
We can instruct you how best to use those 19 minutes to gain maximal benefit.
NICE guidance requires all older people with recurrent falls, or at increased risk of falling, to be considered for individualised rehabilitation including strength and balance training. Half of people who have a fall will fall again within the next 12 months.
The team at Gatley and Heatons Physio Clinics can instruct on a safe programme of exercises and guide you through a progression of the exercises as you improve, to help prevent falls or a recurrence of falls.
Physiotherapy exercise programmes to prevent falls in older people at risk can increase
- self confidence
- promote independence with transfers, getting in and out of the bath, getting up and down the stairs.
- facilitating functional activities such as dressing, washing and shopping.
- increasing safety around your home.