Jun 29, 2016
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Treating our patients like professional athletes

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The human body is a brilliant thing. Constantly adapting to the postures and stresses we place upon it, whether that be work, the gym, sport or hobbies. This remains true when it becomes damaged. Following an injury damaged tissue will heal, with changes occurring at cellular level day on day. With appropriate physiotherapy we can influence the healing tissue and dictate how well we recover. Every exercise, every movement, every rehab appointment is a calculated opportunity to positively influence how strong our body will heal.

Professional athletes have access to physiotherapist or rehabilitation coach 5-7 days a week, ensuring complete injury management. With over 12 years combined in professional sports medicine, Flex Health believes in treating our patients like professional athletes. We provide everyone the opportunity to receive highly available, highly monitored and continuous rehabilitation, coupled with hands on manual therapy.

We know exercise works. We also know that the majority of you wont do them at home. Just like us, the majority of professional athletes need motivation to carry out their rehabilitation to their greatest potential. With regular Flex appointments, we ensure exercises are carried out correctly and regularly to increase the likelihood and the speed at which our patients recover. Our friendly and motivational team at Flex like to get creative with our exercises, and have a certain nack at getting our patients to work to their limits. Like our Facebook page (Flex Health LTD) for some fantastic examples of our exercises and drills.

A lot of our badly injured patients and those recovering from surgery take advantage of our elite treatment package, receiving 3 sessions a week and rental of leading equipment used constantly by pro athletes (compex / squid compression units – blog on each to come). There is a number of reasons professional athletes get back quicker and usually stronger than the rest of us. However a big factor is the day-to-day care they receive to positively influence the damaged structure and reduce any associated muscle wastage. As far as I am aware we are the only physiotherapy practice to offer and regularly promote intensive rehabilitation to help you recover as efficiently as possible.

We acknowledge not every patient requires this service; we assess and advise all our patients on an individualised basis. Typically our intensive rehabilitation is recommended for our more severe injuries, surgical patients and those for whatever reason are a long way off replicating their pre-injured state. Our patients needs also influence what we recommend, those wanting to return to a highly active lifestyle and get back as quick as safely and appropriately possible will also receive our intensive management.

Below are a few of the conditions and injuries we work with 3 times a week:

Anterior cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction (knee ligament)
Total Knee replacement
Achilles rupture
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) (knee ligament)
Medical neglect patients (inc. failed rehabilitation/degenerative patients)
Hip surgery
Shoulder impingement
Shoulder dislocations / subluxions
Significant muscle strains

ACL Rehabilitation

One of our most common injuries we rehab is an ACL reconstruction. Since opening in September 2015 we have now got 7 ACLs on our books, the first one scheduled to return to playing rugby league for York City Knights in the coming months.

ACL rehab requires constant re-enforcement through repetitive actions. Regardless of our jobs or hobbies, the majority of us will use our knees constantly throughout the day. Our knees need to tolerate such demands. ACL reconstructive surgery involves replacing the damage ligament with a graft (usually taken from your hamstring tendon). The graft is anchored into your thigh bone and shin bone after a hole is drilled in both. As you can imagine this takes time to recover. For those wanting the best results it is crucial they follow a progressive and structured rehabilitation plan. Every exercise, every movement, every rehab appointment counts. Each appointment is a chance to re-educate the body in how it needs to be able to cope. Each appointment re-enforces the knees ability to cope with the demands of every day living. The more we practice, the more we repeat or do things, the better we become. We adapt. It is imperative you retrain your body to do the actions it has been doing uninterrupted since learning to walk. And this is only the first step (no pun intended). Take our rugby player for example, he is going to have to perform all kinds of high speed actions when he returns to the game he loves. To side step, to change direction, sprinting; all require a co-ordinated and simultaneous muscle actions to ensure his knee will cope and perform. If he doesn’t practice this over and over again in a manor we prescribe, building the intensity and stress, the likelihood of re-injury is significantly higher. Use it or lose it.

The above is a very simplistic description; we cannot stress enough how regular and consistent care will influence your injury recovery, regardless of what you have injured.

If you have any questions, would benefit or know anyone who may benefit from our services please get in touch for a free no obligation chat.

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