Stretching Tight Muscles and Joints: Stretching is vital in maintaining good range of motion with joints and the flexibility of muscles. If you have stiff joints or tight muscles, normal activities, such as climbing stairs or reaching overhead, can be severely affected. With proper stretching, these functions can be preserved. After an injury or surgery, scar tissue forms and soft tissue contracts. It is important to regularly stretch in these situations to ensure that scar formation does not get in the way of your rehabilitation.
Stretching is NOT right for everyone. This is why each patient evaluated is screened for what specific exercises and/or stretching combinations will be the most effective for that individual.
Exercises to Strengthen Your Body: Strengthening exercises are performed to help you improve the function of your muscles. The goal is to improve strength, increase endurance and maintain or improve range of motion.
Core Strengthening and Stability: Our approach always emphasizes on core strengthening and stability. The core of your body is like the foundation of your house. If you were to build your house on a weak foundation, you could risk damage and collapse. Similarly, bodies with a weak core are susceptible to acute injury and chronic overuse syndromes.
Core strengthening emphasizes the muscles of the back and pelvis. Some exercise programs, especially pilates, are fantastic at increasing the bodies core stability. That is the reason many professional athletes do regular pilates workouts.
Dr. Rudnick customizes each exercises plan depending on the injury, patient age, patient gender and activities/sports they engage in, as well as, adhering to any contraindications and limitations of that patient.