I’m A Rehabilitation Trainer: What Does It Mean, And Who Is It For?
Rehabilitation training has nothing to do with alcohol or drugs and everything to do with rehabilitating people to normal body movements, who are troubled by any form of injury that restricts them or causes them pain.
When people hear I’m a rehab trainer, I invariably get a reaction that goes like this – “So you treat people for drug and alcohol de-addiction? How does that work, exactly?” Nope, actually I’m not a drug and alcohol de-addiction trainer, that is someone else’s job.
So what does being a rehab trainer mean? It means that I work with people who need rehabilitation for their muscles. People need rehab when:
- They are recovering from surgery.
- They are nursing an injury.
- They are suffering from a new problem that may be related to a very old injury (sometimes even a childhood injury has repercussions later in life).
- They have bad posture.
- They have poor biomechanics.
- They have incorrect movement patterns.
- They are overloading some muscles and under-loading others.
So who all need rehab training? Every single one of us needs some amount of it – from top-level athletes to a lay person who doesn’t exercise, and everyone in between including regular gym enthusiasts, runners, swimmers, people who practice yoga, dancers…EVERYONE!
Sounds confusing? It isn’t really. It’s like this – none of us is born with an instruction manual telling us how to crawl, walk, sit, stand, or run. We learn to do whatever we observe around us, combined with what feels right/comfortable.
Over time, some of these movements turn out to be alright, while some – not so much. As we get older (although in some cases I have worked with children as young as 7-8), the incorrect movement patterns get more set, and with time, they trigger off a chain of other problems. Sometimes, the overall effect is not too bad, while at other times it can snowball.
Rehab comes into play here. The whole point is to first unlearn the incorrect movement patterns, retrain the muscles and the body to relearn the correct ones, and finally do away with the old/incorrect patterns altogether, while helping the body reset itself. The results are astounding! You can go from being in copious amounts of pain all the time to living a pain-free existence in a matter of a few months. Trust me – I know! I’ve practiced it on myself. After having lived in pain for about 6 years, I have now come back to a state of living a super-energetic, hectic, and pain-free life, where I feel I am at my most productive self.
Rehab helps you:
- Understand that not everyone will have the same range of motion for the same action.
- Achieve your personal best by first zeroing in on the underlying problem, and then fixing that.
- Achieve fantastic muscle tone, and give your heart as good a workout as a solid cardio workout (again – I know because I have often worn my heart rate monitor to verify this while doing both my rehab drills and my cardio routines, and then compared the 2).
So the next time you hear the words ‘rehab trainer’, don’t jump to conclusions; and think about the fact that you could probably do with some of it in your life too!