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Stretch of the month January 2021 / Rehabilitation & the back

The month so far has been ‘interesting’, and for most not in a good way. Keeping focused, both in body and mind, can be difficult to maintain as other issues take over, such as tax returns at the end of January 2021. Exercise programmes (both personal routines and of course now back on the TV in the mornings) might have been chosen to help with weight loss, but for others, it is more of a requirement following surgery, injury, or ill health rehabilitation.


Our friends at Fitness Runs in the Family can help you with suitable exercise programmes to meet your needs, abilities and objectives, and they can be contacted at their website here: https://fitnessrunsinthefamily.com/


Advocates of exercise and exercise programmes


The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is, as are we, an advocate of exercise and exercise programmes, particularly when considering the needs of patients who need rehabilitation help.


General rehabilitation is usually concentrated in three main areas, namely occupational, physical and speech rehabilitation. Physiotherapy concentrates on physical rehabilitation and its benefits to help movement.


Rehabilitation care


Rehabilitation normally serves the purposes of helping a patient reach as full a recovery as possible, and within physiotherapy, rehabilitation is aimed at helping the patient return to a healthy and active lifestyle. More from the CSP, along with exercise opportunities, can be found here: https://www.csp.org.uk/public-patient/rehabilitation-exercises


Rehabilitation takes place after an event or illness and is aimed to help recovery. However, a more proactive suggestion could be musculoskeletal stretches that can be achieved on a regular basis to help prevent illness, making movement of muscles and joints easier, or to prepare for a future event.


Improving your flexibility / the back


One stretch programme to consider, as part of a physiotherapy treatment for the back, is as follows:

  1. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat

  2. Slowly let your knees fall to one side while keeping your shoulders down until a stretch is felt in your back and hip

  3. Hold for 10 seconds then gently take your knees to the other side

  4. To increase the stretch, bring the top leg up over the lower leg and when going to the side and slowly pull down on the top leg with opposite hand.

Thank you to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for these suggestions, and more detail can be found here:

https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/oxparc/information/treatments/physiotherapy/stretches.aspx


As always, please ensure that you consult an appropriate professional before embarking on a new exercise or stretching regime.


Here to provide physiotherapy care in Surrey


Whether you require a rehabilitation programme, stretches or other care as part of your overall physiotherapy needs, then please speak to the team at Life Made Simple Physiotherapy. We remain open to provide service during Lockdown 3.


Contact Us


We look forward to helping you with your physiotherapy needs, perhaps using our new voucher for the first time. If you are interested in our services feel free to call us on 07309 272 555 or email Physio@Lifemadesimple.co.uk. Life Made Simple - expert physiotherapy in Guildford and Surrey. #Lifemadesimple


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