When people think ‘hands-on’ in terms of rehabilitation they often think of Physiotherapy. In the literal sense, yes, this is correct, but here at Absolute Balance our ‘hands-on’ approach means much more. We believe that being ‘hands-on’ means to be on the front-foot with patient care, allowing us to provide a holistic, evidence-based approach to exercise rehabilitation specifically tailored to each individual to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Day-in-day-out, I see many patients come through our clinic doors that have suffered a long-term injury, or who have tried exercise rehabilitation previously only for the process to fail. They arrive at our door, sceptical of trying again, and with lost hope of ever recovering. Most of the time I then see these patients walk out of our clinic after their initial assessment with a new hope, an inspired hope, an empowerment “this time it’s going to work!”. These are the people I love to help, these people are the reason I became an exercise physiologist, and this is the reason I work for Absolute Balance; to change lives. The most rewarding part of my job is watching these people improve week by week both physically and mentally. They become more confident, they are able to re-commence their recreational activities, they are able to return to work, they are able to go on that holiday with their family or catch up with friends, and all of this comes about from an exercise programme. How so?
Our process for exercise rehabilitation is specifically tailored for each person that walks through the door. From the first assessment through to the final session, their programmes are continually evolving. We closely track progress through specific and measurable goals developed alongside the patient, assisting them to maintain motivation, and providing them with education along the way. The most important part of this process; we treat the person, not just the injury, taking into account the biological, psychological and social factors that may also have an influence on their recovery. As much as exercise rehabilitation itself may be a ‘short-term’ treatment, our aim is to empower our patients to actively participate in their programmes in the long-term, promoting behaviour change toward independent self-management and a healthier lifestyle. Once a patient has achieved their goals and is ready to return to work, our job is not yet done, we make ourselves available for support to our patients if needed, and on a positive note, it is rarely needed!
And our reward? Watching our now fit, healthy and strong ‘patients’ walk out of our clinic door with a smile on their face, feeling proud of themselves for overcoming what they initially thought would be impossible.
Our job is not to be the drill sergeant and force people to complete exercise rehabilitation against their will; our job is to help people, help themselves. It is to help people invest in themselves, their physical health, their psychological health and invest in their LIFE. And the only way we can think of to do this is to make exercise the answer for all health conditions.
Alixe Luckins – B.Sc. Exercise Physiology
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)(ESSAM)