MUSCULO-SKELETAL HEALTH

 

Form follows function

OVERVIEW

 

Metabolic health


Musculo-skeletal health


Mental health

 

 

 

Pro-active Rehab is a systematic, intensive, strength and flexibility exercise program designed to dramatically speed up the recovery of people suffering from personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunctions.

 

THE PREMISE

 

A high proportion of people with back pain have a fitness problem. Tight muscles have allowed the bones of first the pelvis and then the vertebrae it to move out of alignment.

 

Weak muscles leave the body unprepared to deal with the normal stresses of lifting, pulling, pushing and propelling one's self and objects.

 

That's the bad news.

 

The good news is that there is a good chance the damage can be undone, with poor function being restored to good and pain relieved by both a targeted and a general, strength and flexibility conditioning program.

 

Fitness generated problems need fitness solutions and the only person who can administer the fitness prescription is the individuals in pain.

 

PRINCIPLES

 

1.

Muscles move bones out of alignment. That's the bad news. The good news is that muscles can move the bones back into alignment - providing you have the right set of flexibility exercises.

 

 

2.

The cause of the pain is rarely at the site of the pain. That's why rubbing, crunching, heating and vibrating at the site of the pain is rarely best practice therapy for lower back pain.

 

 

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Only on the rarest of occasions is joint and muscle pain caused by a lack of rubbing, crunching, heating, vibrating, strapping, doping or surgery.

 

 

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Form (a skeleton in good alignment) follows function (an ability to adopt the postures that people in good musculo-skeletal health can adopt.

 

 

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Along with a flexibility program you need to strength program to enable the body to perform normal functions of lifting, pushing, pulling and propelling itself and other objects without breaking down.

 

 

 

 

Only on the rarest of occasions is back pain caused by a lack of rubbing, crunching, heating, vibrating, strapping, doping or surgery.

 

 

 

THE PRESCRIPTION

 

The Green Musculo-skeletal Health Prescription is suited to all people with low back and other joint and muscle pain. In particular it's suited to people who have already tried therapeutic modalities that haven't given them the results they were looking for and who know that improving their strength, flexibility and postural alignment makes sense.

 

It's been designed for people who:

 

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need a strength and flexibility training program to avoid joint and muscle pain

 

 

2.

are at grave risk of a serious musculo-skeletal breakdown

 

 

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are already in pain

 

 

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are currently involved in a rehabilitation program.

 

It's a program containing exercises that you can do yourself at home or at a participating fitness centre.
 

Compared with sports injury rehabilitation, the joint and muscle pain rehabilitation industry has been left behind, with people going to a few appointments a week, mainly for passive treatments, that devolve the responsibility for getting better to someone else.

 

Most rehab programs lack a strength and flexibility program of sufficient frequency, duration and intensity to dramatically speed up the rehab process. In a Fitness Prescription Workout, there's no such thing as a quick stretch. Getting muscles to loosen up takes time, but if the time is concentrated, every day, every week, every month, then the process is dramatically speeded up.

 

If massage is to do any good it needs to be long, slow, deep, relaxing and preferably mechanical massage. 20 minutes three times a week doesn't fit that criteria.

 

The Musculo-skeletal Health Prescription is based on

 

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active, not passive treatment. Most joint and muscle rehab programs have as their core treatment, hands on, passive, one-on-one therapies

 

 

2.

loosening off tight muscles and strengthening weak muscles

 

 

3.

an injury management program in which participants become their own therapists, doing the strength and flexibility exercises that only they can do themselves to get back into good musculo-skeletal health.

 

 

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a program directed at the cause of the problem (the muscles that have taken the pelvis and the bones above and below it out of alignment), not the symptoms (the ligaments, tendons and muscles that have been stretched beyond their pain threshold and herniated discs that are pressing against the spinal column.)

 

 

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the fact that the therapy takes time. If you want to be pain free within the next hour go to a chemist.

 

To be able to spend extensive periods of time doing the exercises at home, promises to have a dramatic impact on speeding up the rehab process.

 

 

 

Back pain is usually caused by a fitness problem, not a medical problem. Only on the rarest of occasions can you fix a fitness problem with a medical solution.

 

 

 

THE DISTINCTION

 

The distinction between the Musculo-skeletal Health Prescription and other therapeutic treatments is that the latter

 

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tend to be based on passive treatments

 

 

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are usually directed at the spot where the pain is, not the underlying cause of the problem - which is tight muscles attached to the pelvis and the bones above it. Focusing on the site of the pain often leads to more therapy after the effect of the last treatment has worn off

 

 

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tend to take people's minds off what they themselves need to do to restore poor function to good

 

 

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tend to lack sufficient frequency, intensity and duration of the Musculo-skeletal Health Prescription to speed up the rehab process

 

 

 

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are expensive - $80 for a 20 minute rub down and $40 for a five-minute crunch.

  

After downloading the exercises - or paying for a diagnostic report - the Musculo-skeletal Health Prescription doesn't cost anything except your time. Regularly doing situps, pressups and squats at home doesn't cost an thing either. Whilst a strength program at the gym may be an added advantage and comes at a cost, the benefits will outweigh the cost..

 

THE MUSCULO-SKELETAL HEALTH PRESCRIPTION

 

There are four main Musculo-skeletal Health Prescription workouts to relieve back pain - all designed to loosen off the muscles that have taken the pelvis and the bones above it out of alignment - and strengthen the major muscles of the body.

 

We'll teach you to become your own therapist - in your own home.

 

1.

20 minute workout - our recommended back pain maintenance program comprising a suite of flexibility and strength exercises. Recommended for both work and home.

 

 

2.

1 hour workout - with more exercises and some being done for longer periods. Recommended for people who are at grave risk of back pain and those who already have it.

 

 

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2 hour workout - an extension of the one hour workout with some exercises being done for longer periods of time. Our recommended workout for people in pain -at both work and home.

 

 

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6 hour workout - an intensive (though not strenuous) program of 6 hours a day over 5 or more days, designed to kick-start the rehab process by getting the body back into better alignment. Involves three rotations of the exercises in the 2-hour program, plus strength and aerobic fitness workouts and inner mental training.

 

If you're looking for the quickest and cheapest route to restoring poor musculo-skeletal health to good, take a week off work and spend most of your day going through the exercises that will get your body back into alignment and pain free. After that you can cut back on the time.

 

Once you've fully recovered you can maintain your strength and flexibility with a 20 minute workout every day..

 

Resources

 

Our key resource is the Global Back Care suite of ebooks.

 

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