Exercise Rehab

SSISA's BIOKINETICS & ORTHOPAEDIC PRACTICE

Whether you are injured, overweight, pregnant, suffering from a chronic disease, or a top professional athlete, a biokineticist will be able to help you. Biokineticists are specialised therapists who are professionally aligned to health and medicine and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

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Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Orthopaedic rehabilitation is a form of therapy that treats a wide variety of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. It helps to improve strength, range of motion, balance, gait coordination, and to maximise each individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living and return to their prior level of function. Our Biokinetics team uses a scientific and evidence-based approach backed by UCT to advise, assess and assist patients with orthopaedic dysfunction.

Neurological Rehabilitation

The SSISA Biokinetics Services use physical activity as the main therapeutic modality for final phase rehabilitation of neurological conditions, to help those with diseases, trauma, or disorders of the nervous system. Neurological rehabilitation can often improve function, reduce symptoms and improve the well-being and performance of the patient. The interventions and programmes are scientific and evidence-based and we work with patients who have suffered from a stroke or heart attack, a head and/or spinal cord injury and those with neural conditions.

Our expertise as a world class biokinetics facility allows us to work with people with a range of different needs:

  • Orthopaedic injuries

    Disruption, deformity or a disorder of the Musculoskeletal system.

  • Stroke and cardiac patients

    Dysfunction of the blood vessels within the brain or heart.

  • Arthritic conditions

    There are more than 100 different arthritic conditions, the most common being Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Osteoporosis

    A condition that affects the bones and causes the bones to become fragile and susceptible to fracture.

  • Joint replacements

    A surgical procedure where a severely arthritic or deformed joint is removed and replaced with a prosthesis either made from metal, ceramic or plastic.

  • Back and knee problems

    General lower back and knee pain is associated with a muscle or ligament strainhoweverthis condition could have some very sinister complications including ruptured or herniated discs, fractures, nerve pain, chronic or congenital conditions and arthritis.

  • Neural conditions

    Various conditions affecting the function of the nervous system. e.g. multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, Huntingtons etc.

  • Head and spinal cord injuries

    Traumatic brain injuries and spinal damage resulting in varying degrees of paralysis.

  • Pre- and post-operative strengthening

    Pre-operative rehab is a way to eliminate pain and increase mobility & strength and aim to prevent surgery. Post-operative rehab is vital for patients to return to full functional abilities.

  • Injury prevention

    An effort to reduce or prevent the severity of bodily injuries from external mechanisms.

  • Aqua therapy

    A form of exercise therapy that is performed in water. Warm water also promotes relaxation of the muscles.

  • Posture correction

    Poor posture occurs when the body is unable to maintain its natural or default position and the spine is forced into unnatural positions. The joints, vertebrae and muscles are put under undue stress, resulting in pain and discomfort.

ASSESSMENTS

Our clients undergo a comprehensive assessment, which evaluates:

GRUCOX

This specialised unit is utilised in the training/rehabilitation process. It is unique in that it applies the principle of eccentric training to achieve the desired results.

What is eccentric training?

During eccentric training, the muscle elongates while trying to resist or slow down an opposing force. It provides a controlling force to the joint movement.

What are the benefits of eccentric training on the Grucox?

  • Greater strength gains (compared to concentric alone)
  • Injury prevention
  • More functional
  • Improved muscle control
  • Minimal cardiac load with maximal muscle strain/effort
  • Low joint impact – ideal for older or ‘at risk’ clients

Who should perform Grucox eccentric training?

All rehabilitation and training sessions are conducted by a health care professional (physiotherapist or a biokineticist), who has vast knowledge of the eccentric principle and the training process.

Grucox Centre Operating Hours:

Mon – Fri: 06:00 – 17:30

WALKING WITH BRANDON FOUNDATION

SSISA has partnered with the Walking With Brandon Foundation to deliver neurorehabilitation services. The Walking with Brandon Foundation (WWBF) was founded by the Beack Family after their son Brandon was left paralysed as a C6/C7 quadriplegic from a tragic gymnastics training accident in 2012 .  After ten weeks of inpatient therapy, the Beack family was left to fend for themselves and find their own kinds of outpatient therapy for Brandon to benefit from. This led them to realise that there was a massive lack of outpatient neurological rehabilitation offered in South Africa, resulting in them fusing many alternative and conventional forms of rehabilitation to help him recover, such as training with a personal trainer/bodybuilder, acupuncture, homeopathy, training with his gymnastics coach, inversion therapy, psychotherapy, massage and reflexology, and much more. Eighteen months later, Brandon had recovered further than any expectations. He would later go on to attend specialised rehab for six weeks at the Shepherd Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, where he experienced not only a variety of different forms of advanced neurological rehab, but also an entirely different mind set, one where there is always space for improvement and recovery. It became apparent to them that South Africa was years behind the rest of the world, and on Brandon’s arrivals back in South Africa came the start of the Rehab centre and the Foundation.

THERAPY AND BEYOND REHABILITATION PROGRAMME

The “Therapy & Beyond rehabilitation programme” is evidence-based and strives to develop the facilities and knowledge in South Africa to properly provide for the long-term needs of individuals with neurological conditions. The philosophy of the programme is to help take those affected BEYOND what they previously thought their bodies were capable of, having first provided them with advanced and effective rehabilitation.

The "Therapy & Beyond rehabilitation programme" is a six-stage process:

  • Stage 1
    Prehabilitation

    Prepares patients for the intensive rehabilitation programme that follows. Blood pressure control is emphasised, muscle spasms/contractures are stretched or released, and secondary complications like pressure sores must be addressed before progressing to Stage 2.

  • Stage 2
    Muscle Recruitment

    The regeneration of damaged nerves as well as neural ‘re-wiring’ (neuroplasticity) is the focus of Stage 2, as the treatment attempts to remedy any nervous system functionality lost due to injury. This stage requires intense concentration to cognitively re-connect with the neurons that activate muscular contractions.

  • Stage 3
    Posture & Joint Stability

    An essential foundation of correct posture and joint stability must be developed, as it enables sufficient force to be generated in the limbs.  This stage is crucial before a participant can become weight bearing.

  • Stage 4
    Resistance & Endurance Training

    Muscle contractions are initiated whilst in a stable posture developed in Stage 3. The strength to perform activities of daily living independently should be developed.  The therapist’s task is to help clients do the work, not to do the work for them.

  • Stage 5
    Pre-Gait

    The aim within Stage 5 is to improve coordinated movement.  Proper walking technique should be developed to avoid a poor and inefficient walking pattern during the final stage.

  • Stage 6
    Gait Training

    Advanced functional walking training is conducted with individuals who are able to walk, with or without adaptive aids.  The training programme in Stage 6 is unique to each person’s individual goals.

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Biokinetics & Orthopaedics Practice Operating Hours:

Monday to Friday: 07h00 – 18h00