Integrating accessory movements into rehab is helpful and important for several reasons:
Improving functional movement patterns: Many injuries or conditions can limit an individual's ability to perform functional movements, such as squatting, reaching, or walking. By integrating these movements into rehab exercises, individuals can regain the ability to perform these movements safely and effectively, improving their overall function and quality of life.
Preventing compensation patterns: When an injury or condition limits an individual's ability to perform a specific movement, they may compensate by using other muscles or movement patterns. Over time, this compensation can lead to imbalances or further injury. By integrating movements that challenge and strengthen the affected area, individuals can prevent compensation patterns and improve overall movement patterns.
Increasing neuromuscular control: Integrating movements into rehab can help improve neuromuscular control, which refers to the ability of the nervous system to coordinate and control muscle movements. By performing exercises that challenge the nervous system to coordinate complex movements, individuals can improve their ability to control their movements and reduce the risk of future injury.
Enhancing overall fitness: Integrating movements into rehab can also help improve overall fitness, including strength, endurance, and flexibility. By incorporating movements that challenge multiple muscle groups and movement patterns, individuals can improve their overall fitness and reduce the risk of future injury.
As chiropractors specializing in sports injury and active rehab we are happy to share some clinical pearls about doing exercise with "rehab form" and with injury prevention in mind.