The most rewarding aspect of my job as an Exercise Physiologist is when I see a client return to work and return to their usual activities of daily living without restrictions, especially when they have experienced long term chronic pain and don’t think that they will get better. One of my recent clients experienced back pain on and off for the past 10 years. She had never had a structured core stability program prescribed to her and kept aggravating her original injury. My client was very hesitant to attend the gym hence a home exercise program was prescribed so that she could feel more comfortable when she was exercising.
After just one month of a structured walking and core stability program my client had improved sleep, an improved sitting tolerance, increased lifting tolerance, improved function and reported experiencing reduced back pain during work tasks. At the end of the one month program my client was cleared to return to normal duties and hours at work. Of course, it was recommended to continue with the prescribed program to reduce the risk of re-injury and aggravation of her back pain in the future. My client was given progressions of the prescribed exercises and alternative work methods were discussed so that she doesn’t aggravate her injury in the future.
An Exercise Physiologist can assist with a client’s return to work and return to other activities through structured gym programs, home exercise programs, hydrotherapy, tailored physical conditioning programs and work hardening programs. Please call us to find out more information or talk to an Exercise Physiologist at Advantage about what might suit you best!
Blog - Denise Tewes (Exercise Physiologist)