Static Stretch (SS) does not appear to reduce injury risk and any effect on earlier return to sport is of marginal clinical significance. In contrast, a graduated strength training programme appears to significantly reduce injury risk and significantly reduce the time to return to sport after injury.
Therefore, the only area in which SS might seem to offer a specific advantage is in the area of increasing flexibility. However, there remains a lack of evidence that gains are superior to those of a strength training programme. Even if strength training is eventually confirmed as being inferior to SS at increasing flexibility, the fact that strength training improves performance, pain, disability, injury and return to sport rates mean strength training must be a mainstay of athletic development and training, in contrast to SS.
Stiffness and restricted range of movement are the most common clinical presentations second to pain. This on-line course is ideal for all therapists who would like to help others to recover or improve their ease and range of movement.
Are you familiar with the physiological events and psychological impact on body and mind following injury, immobilization or surgery and what is the best approach to support the body’s natural recovery process.
Loss of range of movement (ROM) is a common outcome following injuries. The problem is that traditional stretching methods are often ineffective in improving ROM, let alone reducing pain and disability in various conditions -particularly where multi structure impairment is present.
SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Kinesiologist Aaron Mattes has developed a solution to deal with the problem.
It’s called AIS and it’s a lot more than a stretching method.
This course will show you how to use AIS and its three evidence-based pain relieving modalities. AIS will increase your patients’ tolerance to pain while stretching and so improve their ROM.
The aim of this course authored by Prof Paul Hodges is to present current understanding of the interaction between movement and pain; as a cause or effect of pain, and in terms of the role of movement (physical activity and exercise) in recovery of pain and restoration of function.
Does physical activity have an impact on the quality of life of the elderly?
What if the individual only takes up physical activity later in life?
Previous studies have examined the effects of mid-life physical activity on healthy ageing, but not the effects of taking up activity later in life. This on-line course examines the association between physical activity and healthy ageing over 8 years of follow-up for a group of individuals aged at around 63 years at the start of the study.
The purpose of this course is to answer a frequently asked question ‘‘How precisely does exercise promote tissue healing?’’
This is a fundamental question for clinicians who prescribe exercise for tendinopathies, muscle tears, non-inflammatory arthropathies and even controlled loading after fractures. What happens at the tissue level to promote repair and remodelling of tendon, muscle, articular cartilage and bone?
The one-word answer is ‘‘mechanotransduction’’, but rather than finishing there and limiting this course to 95 words, the authors provide a short illustrated introduction to this remarkable, non-neural, physiological process.
Therapeutic exercise for low back pain has traditionally focused on
programmes for enhancing cardiovascular fitness, as well as trunk muscle
strength and endurance. More recently, exercises which address changing
motor control strategies in back pain patients, have been recommended.
This course describes the rationale for the proprioceptive antigravity
training model, for the prevention and treatment of low back pain.
We all know that exercise is good for us. There’s scientific evidence that shows that people who exercise are generally healthier, fitter, live longer and are less likely to develop a number of disabling medical conditions. As therapists, we often use exercise to reduce patients’ acute and chronic back, neck, shoulder and knee symptoms.
But what if your patients can’t exercise, function or correct their posture effectively because pain inhibits their movement? How often do your patients just want to give up on their rehabilitation because of this? And how frustrating is it for you not to be able to use your skills as a physiotherapist to the fullest extent possible?
This article describes an innovative, practical, quick and easy approach that will give you effective tools to enable your patients to function and/or exercise without pain as well as increase your confidence to utilise exercise as part of patient management.
It’s called Exercise and Function without Pain (EFWP) and it’s making a huge impact on physical rehabilitation across South Africa.