By Michael Hall
Is optimal well being a dream or a reality for you? Many people think that it’s about having the perfect body and the perfect physique. However, good looks don’t necessarily translate into good health or good function. Rather, optimal well being blends the harmonious interaction of ideal biomechanics with optimal control, strength, flexibility and fitness. And as with all aspects of the human body, physical health does not occur in isolation, but is intimately linked with many other systems of the body including the nervous, circulatory and digestive systems.
In everyday life, optimal well being may be experienced as a vitality and freedom that enables you to feel strong, confident and secure, with a reserve of energy that enables you to meet and exceed everyday demands.
Whilst this is a goal of Bodywise Health, our initial purpose is to help you overcome your physical problems so that you get to a position where optimal physical health is a possibility. What many people fail to appreciate is that exercising at the wrong time, in the wrong way and with the wrong intensity, may do more harm than good. Consequently, an initial objective might be reduce inflammation and protect against re-injury before promoting healing.
Once healing has begun to take place, then corrective rehabilitation exercises may be implemented to remedy imperfect biomechanics and optimize every day functional movement habits. Then, the best way to prevent further physical health problems is to stay in good shape, physically, nutritionally, and psychologically, that is, to live optimally.
If optimal physical health is to become a possibility for you, everything must be taken into account in treating, resolving and preventing physical problems,. Posture, movement patterns, muscle balance, muscle activation, joint mobility, muscle flexibility, stabilization, co-ordination, balance, strength, endurance, recovery / rest, stress, nutrition are just some of the factors that must be addressed if you are to achieve the physical results and lifestyle outcomes that you want.
Your treatment doesn’t stop with the elimination of pain either. It doesn’t end when your knee or back or neck or... is better. Your goals are OUR goals and that means you returning to, achieving and / or exceeding the lifestyle goals that you want.
To us, it is no good if your shoulder is better, but that you can’t play tennis, or that your knee is pain-free, but you can’t enjoy fun runs, if these are the activities that you want to do. Good health is more than just the absence of pain, injury or disease. It is about having choices to be and do the things you want, when and where you want to do them.
By treating and resolving injuries, aches and pains every day, physiotherapists are in a unique position. Having a detailed knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology and being experienced in exercise rehabilitation and clinical pilates, gives physiotherapists the advantage of being more likely to know what works and what doesn’t, not only with fixing or preventing physical problems, but also with tweaking exercise programs so that they give better results.
Having studied heart, lung and neurological as well as bone / muscle treatment and rehabilitation, means that physiotherapists are able to draw on each of these areas to fine tune training programs and get achieve better health and lifestyle outcomes.
There are many examples of this specialized contribution to training, but some common ones include:
- The use of Real Time Ultrasound to assist in the activation of the deep abdominal (transverse abdominus) and lower back (multifidus) to provide better low back stability;
- The use of biofeedback to help activate the inside quadriceps muscle (vastus medialis oblique) to get better knee control and strength;
- Analyzing and correcting shoulder blade movement to improve the effectiveness and strength of lifting the arm overhead;
- The use of Swiss balls came from the physiotherapy treatment of children and then was applied to strength and conditioning exercise programs;
- Educating and instructing in correct posture, movement patterns and every day functional activities such as standing, walking, squatting, lunging, lifting etc. both from a corrective and preventative point of view.
Physiotherapists view movement quality as important as movement quantity, because it often poor movement quality that leads to mechanical stress and physical injury. And not only that, but poor movement quality will often mean that a movement will have less endurance, speed, strength, power anyway. Good posture and optimal quality of movement is the foundation upon which good performance is based. You cannot have one without the other.
At Bodywise Health, you can participate in specialist exercise programs designed to address conditions such as:
These programs are delivered via the exercise mediums of:
Whilst “hands on” treatment provides short term relief, exercise rehabilitation and training reinforces these gains making them more permanent. As an athlete’s body adapts to the training that they undertake, so can your body adapt to your treatment and training program so that you can overcome and prevent causes of your problem. Hence, it is only corrective exercise with postural / movement correction reinforcing “hands on” treatment that will give permanent relief and better long term functional and sporting performance.
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For further information on how you can benefit from Bodywise Health Optimal Well Being Programs or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 BODYWISE (263 994). We look forward to helping you achieve outstanding results.
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