When it comes to recovering from an injury, strength and conditioning training can provide the greatest results. For some clients panic sets in when when they are told they will benefit from strength training. There are plenty of reasons why a client may not want to start training. Fear is often the underlying emotion but with reassurance from their trained therapist, their concerns can be allayed. For many clients not only do they see improvements in their injury but also unexpected benefits from the training. Here are some of the frequently asked questions around strength and conditioning training.
1. My injury is too painful or movement is too limited to start exercising
Your therapist understands your pain and limited movement. Our gym programs are all completely customised by your qualified exercise physiologist so you won’t be asked to do any exercises that will cause you pain or difficulty. Your physiologist will be with you to ensure you do the exercises correctly and to answer any questions you may have.
2. The trainer might cause me another injury
You will be trained by a qualified and highly experienced exercise physiologist, not a personal trainer. Your safe program will aid your rehabilitation and recovery.
3. I don’t want to spend hour after hour exercising before I start to feel any improvement
Our clients are often surprised at the results they feel within just a few short sessions. Your individual plan works on the area of your injury designed to aid recovery as soon as is practically possible.
4. I didn’t work out before I was injured so I may not be able to do the exercises
No previous experience is necessary. When working out your individual program, your qualified therapist will take into account your level of fitness and activity before your injury so you won’t overdo it.
5. I don’t like gyms, can I do the exercises at home?
Strength training can be done effectively on machines without aggravating existing injuries. Your program will be prescribed in a gym in the first session and reviews will take place there but some of your exercises may be completed outside of the gym using comprehensive handouts.
The Other Benefits of Training
While strength training is designed to rehabilitate after an injury, there are other benefits.
During exercise blood flow increases to supply muscles with oxygen and nutrients. The increased blood flow aids in the recovery of injuries. Exercise helps shift any waste product still lingering in injury points that wasn’t eliminated in the early stages of recovery.
Neurological function improves with every workout as the brain directs muscles to start working again. With exercise the brain releases endorphins which interact with the receptors of the brain to reduce the perception of pain. The endorphins also trigger positive feelings in the body. As your brain and body begin to work together, you can expect your reflexes, posture and balance start to improve. With just a little exercise some of our clients happily report they can see small changes in their body’s shape and tone.
If you have any concerns or would like more information about strength and conditioning training, contact your qualified exercise physiologist at Momentum Health Services by calling 9200 2240.