Muscle imbalances, weaknesses or overuse are all culprits in causing musculoskeletal pain. When an imbalance is present, some muscles start to compensate and become overactive, while others may become weak. The body does a great job of compensating for these imbalances for a short period of time. However, if such an imbalance does not get corrected, there comes a tipping point where one may start to feel pain, weakness or fatigue.
Functional rehabilitation requires one to be actively involved in their recovery. Getting people to be involved in their own health care plan helps enhance and speed up healing time. The goal is to establish proper postural and movement patterns specific to one’s activity or sport while correcting improper movement patterns that may have been ingrained in their body’s neural pathways for a long period of time.
Clients that can improve their condition with exercises are prescribed a set of specific instructions that will get them moving properly and firing the proper muscles in the correct sequence. Prescribed exercises initially focus on the individual’s current condition and often transitions into exercises that will help prevent injury from occurring in the future.