“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn

In our last blog we talked briefly about the way we are revitalising our services to help ensure that our clients are at the centre of everything we do, and what we can do to best meet their health and wellbeing needs. We are calling this approach the Four Corners of Health™ and it might pay to read it here.

Today we’re excited to introduce the first corner of our approach, Function.

Humans were not made to be sedentary. Our ability to move is fundamental to our ability to live a vital and fulfilling life. Lack of physical fitness, strength and poor efficiency in our movement will impair our performance at work and play, impede our health and potentially lead to injury, pain or disease. The Function corner of the Four Corners approach means that we are working with you not just to get you well, but to get you better. We aim to take you past the point of recovery and into a phase where you improve your overall physical conditioning to prevention, avoiding re-injury, ongoing discomfort or pain.

So how do we do this?

Well it’s simple, and involves five broad steps in improving your physical function.

Step 1: Assess, diagnose and manage pain
When you first walk through our door, there is a high likelihood that you are in pain and you have a level of uncertainty around the injury that you have sustained. “When will I be able to play my sport again?”, “How bad is my injury?”, “How long will I need to take off work?” are common questions. Our first job is to ensure that we know what we are dealing with. This will likely require a range of different tests. Next we need to be able to help you to manage pain – this may include hands on physiotherapy treatments, advice, education and in some cases specific exercises. If you are struggling at work at this point, we can look towards providing equipment to help you manage certain work tasks to avoid aggravation, and/or help you with a plan to begin recovering at work.

Step 2: Restore Mobility
Once we have your pain under control, and we are happy that you’re healing well, we will focus on helping you to restore movement. This will likely be a combination of hands on physiotherapy and specific exercises that you can do at home or in the gym. We can advise you in regards to what type of activity you can safely do, both at home and at work, with a view to maintaining your physical function and fitness as much as possible – this will only enhance your recovery.

Step 3: Improve strength and stability
This phase of your physical recovery is vital to making sure that you have fully recovered and then some. Generally this phase of recovery will be exercise based and will include a plan to increase the tasks that you are doing at home, at work and at play.

Step 4: Functional Reconditioning
To ensure that your recovery is full, and that you can reintegrate fully back into work, sports or play, we can take you through a programme to make sure that develops the specific strength and fitness for the tasks and activities that you do as part of your work or sports. This will ensure that you not only have restored the strength in the injured areas of your body, but you have the physical conditioning to safely and effectively perform at work or in your sport.

Step 5: Prevention
In this step we teach you how to maintain your new found recovery and how to further ensure that you prevent any future risk, by ensuring you have corrected any movement compensations as a result of your injury and have an ongoing programme to achieve balance and further increase strength and mobility. This approach has been proven time and time again in being effective not only in helping people to recover, but in reducing the likelihood of further injury. And when combined with the other 3 corners (Nutrition, Sleep and Mindset), will lead to a transformation in your overall health and wellbeing. Feel free to ask us more about this corner, and remember to check in next week when we tell you about the second corner in our approach, Nutrition.

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