Head & Neck Pain
Headaches are often caused by radiating pain from the neck. There are a variety of condition that can cause head and neck pain such as osteoarthritis. Other nondegenerative cause of neck pain includes whiplash, injury, falls, playing sports or incorrect technique during exercise, stress and anxiety. Exercise allows for more blood circulation throughout the whole body, including the neck. This allows for muscle relaxation which leads to increased mobility and reduced pain. A reduction in neck pain then often leads to a reduction in headaches.
Back Pain is a very common condition that is often reported to doctors and other allied health professionals. Most commonly back pain is characterised by aching, burning or a throbbing sensation in some parts of the whole back. Back pain has the potential to radiate to the limbs or neck and head. Physical activity for back pain can result in reduction of pain, increased range of motion, increased blood flow to back muscles and a reduction in stiffness.
The shoulder is comprised of many complex structures such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and a joint. Pain in the shoulders can occur for a number of reasons including pain or damage to any of the components making up the shoulder. Most commonly pain is caused by ligament or tendon tears, dislocation or overuse injury. Benefits of exercise for shoulder rehab include increased range of motion, healing of injuries, reduction of stiffness and improved strength.
Wrist Pain can be caused by a number of issues such as sprains, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, arthritis or overuse. Due to such a wide range of possible causes It can become hard to diagnose the exact reason for pain. In most reporting of wrist pain symptoms have been described as a feeling of numbness, pins and needles, pain and a reduction in mobility. Exercise can greatly benefits individual with wrist pain by improving range of motion, reducing pain, increasing flexibility and strength in the wrist, improved blood circulation to the fingers and overall decreases in discomfort.
Pain in the elbow is occurs when there is stress applied to the arm which results in excessive stress to the elbow. Common causes of elbow pain include tendinitis, fractures, arthritis, sprains, a tear in ligaments, bursitis of bursae inflammation. The pain caused by these factors is generally characterized as throbbing and constant which limits ability to use the affected arm. Exercise can benefits elbow pain in many ways including an increase in range of motion, decrease in pain, increased blood circulation in the affected arm and increased mobility.
Knee Pain is a common complaint received by health professionals. Pain in the knee can be debilitating and requires various treatment options as it is a crucial weight bearing joint. The most common causes of knee pain are arthritis, ageing related pain, injury, sprains or strains in ligaments, damage to the cartilage or tendons. Exercise for knee pain result in many positive changes. These benefits include increased strength and flexibility in the knees, reduction in joint stiffness, improved range of motion, education in pain and reduction in any swelling.
Pain in the ankles can be the result of sprains as well as arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fractures, nerve compression, any infections or misalignment of the foot. As a result of this, many individuals complain of swelling, stiffness, redness and a burning sensation in the area. Due to these symptoms individuals commonly avoid placing pressure or weight on the affected ankle which causes a limp. Exercise has been proven to help reduce symptoms of ankle pain by improving strength and flexibility in the structures surrounding the ankle, increased range of motion, increased blood circulation and a reduction in any associated swelling.
The feet are responsible for much of the body’s weight bearing and is therefore a very common site of pain. In addition to weight bearing there are other factors that increase the likelihood of foot pain including injury, overuse, inflammation, nerve damage and arthritis. Since the foot is a complicated structure, there are many injuries that can lead to pin including injury to the heels. The toes and in some cases even the calf. Exercise can help improve foot pain by increasing strength, reducing pain, relaxing the surrounding muscles increased mobility and reduced stiffness.
Pre and Post Operational Rehab
Operations are usually the very last method of treatment due to the invasive nature of the procedure and the increased rehab and recovery time associated with it. Exercise is a very important treatment method before and after a procedure for many reasons. It is important to exercise pre-operation as it reduced the likelihood of complication post-surgery. It is also proven that pre-operative exercise can lead to reduced time spent in intensive care facilities. This then leads to improved rehabilitation results post-surgery and quicker adaptation to post-surgery exercise prescriptions. This is due to the increased strength and range of motion achieved before surgery.