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The "Pre-hab" Mindset

Many are familiar with the idea and benefits of post surgery rehabilitation, but did you know that those who receive prehabilitation before a surgery have easier recovery and return to their normal activities much faster? As we all know, surgery can be extremely traumatizing to our soft tissue and can need a certain amount of rehabilitation post surgery. For many, the purpose of having orthopedic surgery, for instance, is to corrective joint damage to hips, knees, etc. Unfortunately, although these surgeries may be required and an important step towards recovery, they do not treat the cause which created the need for surgery in the first place. An example we like to use is the comparison of a door hinge to a knee joint as they are very similar in motion. If we have a crooked door that continuously binds a hinge, much like muscle tension can compress and bind a joint, you may need to replace that hinge. Replacing the hinge may be necessary, but until the reason behind the binding is corrected, it is only a matter of time before the new hinge also wears out.

Pre-hab is critical to removing tension and correcting muscle balance before a surgery. There is mounting evidence that proves prehabilitation reduces joint stiffness, recovery time, inevitable muscle loss and discomfort associated with post surgery life. Simply, a stronger body makes for an easier recovery.

We recommend taking advantage of the typical waiting period of about six weeks before a surgery to improve your muscle balance and overall physical strength. Seeking the help of Achieve Wellness corrective exercise specialists can safely bring about this muscle balance without worsening current conditions or causing new issues to develop. Your safety and recovery is our primary concern.



Post Surgery, Rehabilitation

Surgery can be extremely invasive and traumatizing to the soft tissue in our bodies, making proper rehabilitation essential to recovery. Failure to properly recover our muscles and mobility after a surgery can lead to chronic joint stiffness, fatigue, digestive distress, and immobility. The lack of mobility and joint stiffness, combined with chronic fatigue, can have a major impact on our muscle balance which can lead to further injury or chronic pain. It is common for those who do not seek physical therapy or corrective exercise before or after an orthopedic surgery to continue to suffer from pain and immobility.

In most cases, depending on the surgery, you will be recommended to a physical therapist for short term rehabilitation as your body heals from the acute trauma. This is a good thing and the perfect time to consult with Achieve Wellness corrective exercise specialists. The issue many patients face is keeping up after therapy, whether it is keeping up with a paper full of stretches or know what to do as your needs continue to change.As your body recovers from the acute trauma and your physical therapy comes to a close, our specialists can then carry on your physical therapists work with the personal attention you deserve for long term results and success.

I Have Joint Stiffness
After a surgery, many will find themselves either sitting a or laying for long periods of time as their body begins to heal. During this time, many muscles can become tight and shortened, diminishing joint range of motion and compressing joints, making them feel stiff. The same goes for those leading up to a surgery that have limited mobility and muscle imbalance.

Stretching is perfect for reducing tension which compresses and binds joints, preventing them from having proper range of motion and ease of movement. An example we like to use is a door hinge, much like our knees, are designed to move a specific way. In this example, if someone would hang on a door it would create tension on the hinge and it would begin to bind and lose its range of motion, much like muscles, when not balanced, can bind our joints making them feel stiff.

Assisted stretching is ideal for removing tension and increasing the length of these over-active and shortened muscles that bind joints, prevent them from moving well, and in worst case lead to chronic pain. If gone untreated, joint stiffness can lead to further immobility and injury, which may result in costly surgeries due to tears and joint damage.
I Am Always Tired
Fatigue after a surgery is common. Even the simplest of surgeries can leave you feeling tired and slow. More extensive surgery that may include hospitalization may have leave you feeling fatigued for an extended amount of time. This fatigue can have many causes, which include the normal healing process, anesthesia, low red blood cell count, lack of oxygen or a weakened vascular system, medications and poor nutrition. Post surgery fatigue can be worse if you were fatigued prior to surgery, which can occur if the patient does not properly "pre-hab." Proper prehabilitation may include light cardiovascular activity, proper nutrition programming, and a regular stretch or corrective exercise routine to reduce physical tension in the body. Simply put, a healthy more balanced body will recover easier, sleep better, and regain energy quicker.
I Have Stomach Issues
Post surgery digestive distress is extremely common. Complications can be caused by poor nutrition, recovery from anesthesia, medications, and anxiety & physical stress. In some cases, GI distress can be caused more directly by gastrointestinal surgery. In most cases, the patient should be referred to a licensed dietician by their primary care or care specialist. Achieve Wellness nutrition specialists are here to assist you and your other health professionals, by helping you to understand and adhere to your dietician's prescribed guidelines or nutrition plan. Although Achieve Wellness nutrition specialists do not prescribe meal plans or treat medical conditions with nutrition, we can assist you by catering nutritional guidelines based on your individual needs and adopt more beneficial eating habits.

In the event you suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), our specialists can take the time to discover one of many reasons for such GI distress. Causes will very by individual and can take much more time to isolate and recover than your typical healthcare provider has available to help. Causes may include meal imbalance, excessive "rigids", poor nutritional timing (skipping meals), dehydration, "osmotics" such as some artificial sugars and preservatives, excessive sodium intake, micro-nutrient imbalance or toxicity, poor bacteria colonies and inadequate fiber intake--just to name a few.
I Do Not Move Well
Corrective exercise is perfect for those just getting back to an active lifestyle after years of inactivity and pre/post surgeries, and those who have difficulty moving. While a Physical Therapist works with the initial stages of trauma from surgeries and injuries, the Achieve Wellness Corrective Exercise Specialists can pick up where they leave off and help you continue on your path to wellness.

If you are currently working with a physician or physical therapist, our specialists will work with you, and your other healthcare professionals, to meet your exercise needs.

Stretching is also great for reducing tension which compresses and binds joints, preventing them from having proper range of motion and ease of movement. An example we like to use is a door hinge, much like our knees, are designed to move a specific way. In this example, if someone would hang on a door it would create tension on the hinge and it would begin to bind and lose its range of motion, much like muscles, when not balanced, can bind our joints making them feel stiff.

Assisted stretching is ideal for removing tension and increasing the length of these over-active and shortened muscles that bind joints, prevent them from moving well, and in worst case lead to chronic pain. If gone untreated, joint stiffness can lead to further immobility and injury, which may result in costly surgeries due to tears and join damage.

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