The Benefits of Active Rehab
Published on October 30, 2021

At North Shore Sports Medicine, our team of therapy professionals represents the spectrum of rehab professionals including physiotherapists, kinesiologogists, massage therapists, naturopathic doctors, and dieticians. As such, we are able to provide comprehensive approach to rehabilitation that combines manual therapies, lifestyle changes, and active rehab to help you restore, maintain, and improve your well-being from a holistic perspective. While active rehab is just one component of the therapeutic process, it is a powerful tool that helps clients build on the treatments they receive in clinic through active participation in their recovery process. Let’s take a closer look at how you can access active rehab in North Vancouver.

There are many components of physiotherapy and massage therapy (as an example) that constitute manual therapies wherein the health care provider manipulates muscle and tissue for therapeutic effect. For the most part, the benefits of these therapies are considered to be transient – in other words, they don’t solve or cure the underlying condition but provide temporary relief of pain or improvements in range of motion. On the other hand, active rehab puts you in the driver’s seat and lets you take an active role in improving function, strength, and movement.

Like all therapies delivered at North Shore Sports Medicine, our active rehab programs are designed by professionals to meet your unique needs. We deliver active rehab in North Vancouver that is based on a thorough investigation of our client’s injury or issue, and our active rehab programs involve specific exercises, stretches, and lifestyle recommendations that progress their health goals. Whether you want to improve mobility, strength, flexibility, stability, or endurance, the health care team at North Shore Sports Medicine collaborates with each other and our clients to develop active rehab programs focused on achieving those goals.

In many cases, a combination of “passive” therapies such as massage, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization, and education (to name a few) can support your active rehab program and give you the best chance of success in your therapeutic goals. Indeed, in order to maintain improvements in therapy, most practitioners make recommendations that reflect the principles of active rehab. For example, it’s rare that a physiotherapist wouldn’t recommend a home exercise program to enhance your therapy goals. In fact, all health care providers should work to empower clients to implement routines that promote autonomy in health goals.

There are many benefits to active rehab. Not only is it used to support improved function, decreased pain, and overall health in many contexts including surgery, concussion, and musculoskeletal injury, but active rehab gives people the tools and knowledge to have more control over their own healing. Active rehab can build confidence, improve mental health, and restore the ability to participate in your important daily activities.

So, active rehab is much more than one component of the therapeutic process. Active rehab programs are critical in sustaining improvements gained through manual or passive therapies while also giving people the power to manage their own physical and mental well-being. Contact North Shore Sports Medicine to learn more about active rehab in North Vancouver.

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