Rehabilitation focuses on injuries and conditions unique to an individual patient, as well as promoting principles of physical fitness.
Restoring kinetic chain functioning is fundamental to the rehabilitation practitioner. Manual methods are used, such as spinal manipulation, extremity manipulation and mobilization, and myofascial release and muscle energy techniques. Exercise programs focus on stabilizing posture by addressing issues such as balance, core, stretching tightened postural muscles and strengthening reciprocally weakened muscles.
The emphasis is on recovery and reactivation. The goal is to help the patient return to independent functioning by focusing on the biological (impairments), psychological (illness behavior/beliefs) and social (participation limitations) aspects of disability.
Rehabilitation protocols include mobilization techniques to insure good functional adaptation. A program may combine manipulations, the use of modalities, mobilization technique, and a strengthening program will help optimal rehabilitation.
The aim of a rehabilitation protocol is a return to maximum functional capabilities with the goal of the patient achieving maximum pain free range of motion and strength. The goal of any treatment is to reduce the time it takes for the patient to return to full form.
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