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Philosophy of Rehabilitation

The first and foremost principle is that there are no formulas for rehabilitation.  The mechanism of injury, including the specific angles and forces, anatomy, the amount of soft tissue involved, and physiology of that tissue are only part of the underlying factors that determine the complexity of the how the injury presents itself. Additionally, how your body compensates for the injury/diseased areas and its inherent healing capacity impacts the direction the rehabilitation will take.  Finally the injury/disease overall impact on your life, alters your emotional and psychological well being, which in turn impacts the course of the rehabilitation.  A diagnosis alone will not provide a roadmap for rehabilitation!

Lifting a weight in the water

Although we all have two eyes, two ears, a mouth and a nose, there are no two people identical in this world.  Similarly, we all have the normal number of vertebrae in our spines and the complex assortment and layers of attached muscle.  Yet no two people are identical in their anatomy and physiology.  Our micro anatomy is as unique to us as our eyes are to our individual faces.

Services are based in the community where the working atmosphere is less intimidating and formal than a clinic.  Rather than focus on the injury, a community based program enables an   individual to see their abilities amongst others who have had to adapt their lives because of some illness, disease.  For example, they may see how an amputee has learned to live with their loss and still have a very productive and healthy life. Or you may see a breast cancer survivor, using the water as gentle exercise to regain her strength and health.

The human body is designed to move.  It is knit together in a most intricate way, both complex and adaptable.  Remembering there are no formulas, and understanding that muscles not only hold us together, but are the structures that power our movement, regardless of the injury/disease, a rehabilitation plan has to discover a way to help the body regain its former function.  Learning how to use your own body to get well is the key component to your return to increased health and functioning. By discovering how you can move without exacerbating your injury, your muscles will begin to adapt and change, and slowly regain some or all of their  previous function.  Only you can learn how to regain that function!  Under the guidance of your Exercise Physiologist you will learn how to read your body and to move forward towards independence from pain to take control of your life again.

Understanding your body empowers you to take control of your life.  The more you understand what is going on with your body, from a physiological perspective, the less frightening the disability and pain become.  Education plays an important role in the rehabilitation process.  You will become more adept at identifying negative behaviours and triggers related to your situation.  Furthermore, all rehabilitation prescriptions require that you complete the learned exercises on your own time.  One consultation a week with an Exercise Physiologist is not sufficient to maintain and adapt muscle physiology. You will be required to complete work independently.

By addressing your needs from start to finish, such as a successful return to work, you have a trusted clinician who is skilled at knowing how to make appropriate progressions as well as avoid the triggers unique to your situation.  This continuum of care takes you from the time of referral to full integration back into the work force, achieving your recreational goals or other stated objectives. By offering mobility of services, the Exercise Physiologist travels to the work site, to ensure that the work place is properly set up for your needs and analyzed from a secondary prevention point of view.  Work physiology is simulated in the rehabilitation plan so that you can ease into your return to work with the least amount of difficulty.