We get it – injuries are annoying. No one plans for them, no one enjoys them, and oftentimes it’s hard to know how to best address them. Especially when the pain doesn’t go away.
You can’t prevent all injuries – life happens! But you can reduce the risk of injuries and joint pain with our personalised Mobility Appraisal.
Why do injuries happen?
Some injuries are acute – a broken leg, a sprained ankle, a fractured hip. They’re the result of a sudden traumatic event that causes significant pain and injury.
Other injuries are the result of overuse. If you’ve developed a habit of incorrect posture, you’ll overuse some muscles and underuse others. Sports like tennis, cricket, swimming or running rely on repetitive movements that can cause a series of small, but increasingly significant injuries – with rarely any time to recover before your next session.
Then there are injuries that you might be prone to because of the underlying biomechanics of your body – the way your muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments work together. If you have hypermobile joints, for example, you may develop muscle tightness to compensate, which can make you more prone to strains or sprains.
Who benefits from a Mobility Appraisal?
An Exercise Physiologist can help you reduce the risk of some injuries by assessing your body’s strengths and weaknesses and prescribing conditioning exercises.
A mobility appraisal commonly referred to as an injury risk assessment can be helpful if you have:
- Knee pain
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Previous injuries that you’re recovering from
- Stiffness and soreness after exercise
- Biomechanical problems that can make you more prone to both overuse joint ‘wear and tear’
- A desire to improve your athletic performance.
What happens in a Mobility Appraisal?
During this 30-45 minute appointment, your Exercise Physiologist will gather information regarding your injury or condition for example:
- Your injury history and diagnosis,
- When your pain started, and factors that provoke or alleviate this pain,
- How the injury is impacting your quality of life and ability to complete day to day tasks,
- Establish goals and desirable outcomes.
We will then evaluate the health and mobility of your:
- Thoracic spine (middle and lower back).
When these major joints move easily through their full range of motion, you’re more likely to enjoy a functional, pain-free musculoskeletal system.
Your Exercise Physiologist will start by talking to you about your lifestyle, activity levels, exercise goals and medical history.
Then we’ll move to a physical assessment, identifying any areas that could put you at risk of injury. After that, we’ll prescribe some conditioning exercises to reduce pain and help improve your mobility, strength and balance.
What are conditioning exercises?
Your body works best when each part performs its role properly. If your core muscles are weak, for example, you might be more likely to experience lower back pain since your soft tissues are not supporting your spine sufficiently. If your ankles and hips are stiff, lumbar pain may also present as s symptom of this issue.
When we identify such weaknesses or immobilities in your mobility appraisal, we are then well-placed to prescribe exercises to reduce pain, improve your overall function and reduce risk of further injury.
We want you to enjoy an active life without being knocked off course by injury.
So, we’re offering you a big saving on our mobility appraisals. Right now, you can enjoy all the body benefits of a mobility appraisal for just $37.50 instead of the usual price of $87.50. That’s right, you’re saving $50.
“After having a Mobility Appraisal with Luke from Restart, I found the results were not surprising after having a few injuries over the years. What I was surprised with was how some very simple exercises targeting the concerned areas can make such a difference. I have had two follow up appointments with Luke and have found him to be very professional and friendly, understanding any concerns I might have had. I have had a great deal of improvement with mobility and pain has all but disappeared from trouble areas.
I would recommend having a Mobility Appraisal with Restart for anyone of any age.”
Anna – 48