Rehabilitation is seen as an essential component of patient care at our clinic, with Dr. Nichola Dunne returning to university education in 2006 in order to achieve a Masters degree in Advanced Rehabilitation Practice. Nichola works closely with our in-house sports rehabilitation specialist, Deborah O’Mahoney, so that each patient is individually assessed and a programme specific to their needs and level of ability is devised.
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Rehabilitation involves an intensive course of exercise therapy designed to strengthen and restore the normal function of muscles, improve endurance and stamina, increase flexibility of tight muscles and their range of movement and reduce pain. Balance exercises are also included to improve the reaction time of lazy muscle groups. All exercises are supervised and guided on a one-to-one basis.
The most important benefit of undertaking a rehabilitation programme post injury is that patients are able to return to work, activities of daily living or competition sooner and with better mechanics to improve performance and prevent future episodes of pain. Both Deborah and Nichola can also offer ergonomic advice regarding your posture at work, home , during sport and when you are asleep. They also can advise you in the use of appropriate nutritional supplements to help regenerate worn joints as well as how to reduce inflammation.
Strong evidence is available in support of exercise for back pain. The UK BEAM (Back Pain, Exercise and Manipulation) trial conducted in 2004 (British Medical Journal) is the largest pragmatic randomised controlled trial to have investigated interventions provided by UK chiropractors. The study found a statistically significant positive effect in support of using a combination of spinal manipulation and exercise in the treatment of back pain when compared to best care from GPs alone.
The most important goals of any rehabilitation programme are:
1. Tissue sparing techniques
• To prevent further injury.
• To prevent aggravation of your condition.
2. Spinal stabilisation
• Reduce the strain placed on the spinal joints through effective bracing and muscular support (core strength).
• Improved athletic performance through effective power transfer and a decrease in wasted movements.
3. Training proper movement patterns
• Decrease strain placed on joints and connective tissues including and intervertebral disc.
• Reduce the risk of future aggravations.
• Get you back to work faster.