Prehab vs Rehab

 In Westpac Wellness Centres

By Ned Price

Why Prevention is always better than a cure

Why do we wait until we are injured or in severe pain to get treatment? Too often we leave minor aches or ‘niggles’ until it is too late and the damage has been done. Sure, there are cases where injuries cannot be avoided but more often than not they can be, by implementing prehab into your exercise regime.

What is prehab?

Prehab, or prehabilitation is a proactive path we take by building stability and strength in areas of weakness or imbalance. It is proven to increase mobility, joint function and correct muscular and postural imbalances which all minimize the risk of injury. Unlike rehab, prehab focuses on prevention rather than finding a cure after the fact.

What are the benefits?

  • Greatly reduces risk of injury
  • Limits daily discomfort
  • Strengthens weak points in the body
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Correct structural imbalances.

Who should Prehab?

Everyone can benefit from a good prehabilitation program. Whether you’re an everyday athlete, someone preparing for surgery or just looking to improve the quality of your life, a prehab program should be part of your daily routine.

Where do I start?

It all starts with an assessment to see how you are moving and which joints aren’t functioning as well as they should be. This should be completed by a certified health professional such as physio or remedial massage therapist. Appropriate custom treatments including: massage, physio, Pilates, core and mobility programs can be put into place.

How often?

A prehab program should work in conjunction with your current daily exercise routine to give you the best possible outcome and performance benefits.

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