New You Rehabilitation offers a comprehensive package of facilities, professional services, treatments and exercise protocols designed to get your body back into full working order in a time efficient manner, all under one roof. Whether your injury is recent or long term, whether you are an athlete or sedentary individual, it doesn’t matter, either way we are confident that we can turn your problem body part(s) around faster than you may have thought possible.
Many injuries are caused by muscular imbalances within our bodies. Many things cause these imbalances – our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out – basically the way we move. Most of us move incorrectly in some way or another, which puts too much pressure on some muscles and weakens others, causing an imbalance.
Take the back, for example: the way we move may put too much pressure on the spine, while weakening the pelvic muscles in the front of the body or vice-versa. Either scenario creates an imbalance, which means the body is much more perceptible to serious strains, pulls, tears or worse.
Injuries can be debilitating. Long term, they can wear you down. They can be the trigger for weight problems because they drive up your stress hormones, especially Cortisol, breaking down muscle tissue, causing glucose intolerance, impairing your metabolism while driving up your appetite for fast acting carbohydrates.
Maybe you have an ongoing shoulder or lower back problem, or maybe you are post operative, either way our aim is to bring the injury or body part to its maximum level of strength, stability and flexibility. You also may have been through the process of an MRI Scan or Ultra Sound and have been under the care of Musculoskeletal specialist (Doctor of Sports Medicine) (Consultant Radiologist) etc, you may have received Cortisone Therapy or are on a course of treatments where we can liaise with your specialist to incorporate the most effective and efficient protocol of exercise and treatments to enhance the recovery of your specific injury, all coordinated under the one roof.
That’s why we do so much more than just treat injuries in isolation. Where necessary we can use a 5 point method. We leave nothing to chance. Before commencing any rehabilitation program at New You, a complete assessment of your injury and over all physical condition is carried out by our in house Physical Therapist. Our nurse or exercise physiologist will also carry out a complete body composition analysis to get a precise reading of your present physical condition. Underlying problems can have a significant effect upon your body’s ability to recover from injury.
The therapist, in conjunction with our physiologist and head trainer will then decide on the appropriate course of action to take. We use a combination of Physical Therapy, Resistance Exercise, Pilates, Body Composition Analysis and bespoke Nutrition. All the components of your rehabilitation program are conducted in a 1 to 1 environment.
Enabling an injury to recover efficiently takes more than just treatments or exercise. That’s why our Nurse or Exercise Physiologist will also carry out a total body composition analysis of your physical condition. This will give us a more complete picture about the overall health of your body and its ability to recuperate. It will also give us your Lean Body Mass which is essential in determining your Nutrition requirements for optimum recovery. Many soft tissue injuries are impeded from recovery due to inadequate levels of Macro and Micro nutrients in your Diet. Your individual Nutrition plan will be tailored for your specific recovery program.
Getting you back to optimum health in a time efficient way is our primary purpose, Not only that, but we are also intent in ensuring that the problem body part is stable and strong enough so we minimize the chances of the injury ever occurring again and that you have a full range of stability, movement and flexibility.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession which involves the treatment or management of pain, disability and impaired movement by means of massage, myofascial techniques, joint mobilization and exercise. It is a primary health care profession and is established on sound health science principles. Physical Therapy works to restore full normal movement and to reduce or eliminate pain resulting from injury, infirmity and from medical conditions. Our Physical Therapists are degree qualified and work with clients of all ages and with a broad range of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
The physical therapist will be the primary point of contact for your rehabilitation program. He will determine in conjunction with our Exercise Physiologist and Senior Personal Trainer, the correct course of action to take whether Physical Therapy sessions are required or not, the therapist will oversee the ongoing Resistance and Pilate’s protocol.
Resistance and Weight Exercise
Injuries, be they soft or hard tissue can contribute to various degrees of muscle atrophy (wastage), either in the specific body part where the injury has occurred or in the supporting muscle groups. This is due to the impaired range of movement and the high levels of stress hormones associated with musculoskeletal injuries. Through the isolation of the injured body part or supporting muscle groups, various degrees of muscular over load achieved through resistance exercise can dramatically improve blood flow through the injury carrying nutrients and building blocks for recovery. Precise controlled muscular over load also breaks down muscle tissue triggering an overcompensation reaction, whereby the Protein Filaments within the muscle can thicken and increase in number, improving the structure and shape of the injured body part while increasing the contractile potential of the muscle(s) and tendon(s) , leading to a gradual increase in strength and mobility
All weight training sessions are conducted one to one with a personal trainer. Every workout is meticulously planned, incorporating safe and effective exercise technique, utilizing both specific body part machines and free weights, where appropriate. Strict technique is critical to ensure the appropriate stimulus to the specific body part and supporting muscle groups. Resistance training conducted with the appropriate range and line of movement can dramatically increase and optimize the recovery of musculoskeletal injuries.
The core is considered the “centre” of the body and consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Pilates stresses spinal and pelvic alignment, which is critical in getting us to move the way we’re supposed to move to both avoid injury and improve our chances of complete rehabilitation.
A Flexible Form of Rehab
This is why our physical therapists use Pilates as a form of rehabilitation.
Part of its success is based on the approach to the principles of Pilates – core strength, an even musculature. But another reason is that it provides a greater degree of flexibility than most conventional forms of exercise. This is true because Pilates exercises can be modified for each person and still be extremely effective. You can go from basic movements to very advanced, depending on how a patient needs to progress or how badly they are injured.”
Conventional Rehabilitation, on the other hand, often involves patients being given a set of exercises that may be too hard for them to tolerate. It might be because they cause too much pain, or perhaps they are not aware of how to correctly position their body for maximum results.
Most of our one to one Pilate’s Rehabilitation sessions are performed on a Reformer Bed or Mat Tower. We can combine them together for a more complete protocol.
There’s a big difference between teaching Pilates as a form of exercise and using it as form of therapy. The principles of Pilates are awesome for rehabilitation, but if they aren’t used in conjunction with proper therapy techniques it could aggravate the injury. That’s why our Pilates Rehabilitation sessions are only carried out by a Physical Therapist.
Many injuries are treated in isolation. The individual attends a physiotherapist, physical therapist or may have had some type of surgery. Rehabilitation exercise is suggested or demonstrated but the individual doesn’t have the required equipment and finds the exercise difficult to remember or coordination is a problem. At NEW YOU physical therapy we offer a complete solution.
Much like a professional athlete recuperating from injury, progress tends to be faster and more complete because Physical Therapy, Resistance Exercise and Pilates OPERATE IN TANDEM. There is a major synergistic effect. Soft tissue is triggered to heal through the one to one physical therapy sessions and controlled resistance movements increase contractile strength, so this in tandem with flexibility nature of Pilates allows for a more effective and efficient rehabilitation solution.