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Sports Injuries and Occupational Therapy by Lori Samples Duncan

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t is difficult to articulate the commitment that Hima Dalal serves each patient at her practice. I can tell someone a hundred times and I am still amazed when someone says to me, (after they go in and see her themselves), “Hima is so wonderful. I don’t know how she does it, but I feel so much better from the first visit.” Some people are just lucky enough to get to use their gifts as a career. As patients we tend to think if it isn’t bleeding or killing us with pain we are ok. “It will feel better soon, it will pass, it will get better on its own.” These are just a few of the lies we tell ourselves. What we fail to realize is that therapy helps build the muscle associated with the injury and by default makes us stronger and better able to help the body heal it’s self from the injury. After a severe injury to my knee two years ago, I thought I was fine. I went to therapy a few

muscles. Injured muscles can be rehabbed using water as a medium for therapy which can cut down almost 50-60 percent of rehab time. “Using the Hydroworx pool takes the weight off the joints and that will expedite the process.” If its soccer, football, baseball or cheerleading, sports injuries can often affect stability if not properly rehabbed. The Hydroworx pool helps increase stability. The resistance plays a major role in reinforcing the stability because they are standing in water against hydro jets. Also, the warm water

was treated with internal jaw fascia release and back stretching and strengthening (i.e. Therapy in the Hydroworx pool helped resolve jaw and pelvis instability). When someone is injured as in a broken bone, etc. is it so important that it is rehabbed immediately? Yes it is, but if you miss the boat it isn’t too late because an occupational/physical therapist work on releasing the scar tissue restriction and help to gain flexibility, increased range of motion and decrease pain. The Hydroworx pool helps promote faster healing because water therapy is proven to work faster and more effectively. In other words it gets you back on track and back to normal activities sooner. As a busy woman myself I can appreciate that method. Sport related injuries can also be helped by physical and occupational therapy. Hima and her staff see patients as young as newborn and as old as 100 and up. Underwater therapy could return you to your sport not only more quickly but stronger. Strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and sports specific muscle training are all helped. Hima’s Hydroworx pool is the only one in our community.

The Hydroworx pool helps increase stability. The resistance plays a major role in reinforcing the stability because they are standing in water against hydro jets.

months and felt better and soon began canceling appointments because I was busy. After six months of being almost pain free one afternoon I couldn’t get out of a chair because of the pain. I immediately went back to therapy where Ms. Hima explained to me that I had injured my opposite knee by learning to accommodate my injured knee. Needless to say, I regret the choice I made to self-diagnosis and not continue my therapy. Knee injuries are just one instance that Vital Energy can help with. Hima says sports injury can be avoided or prevented by strengthening the

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and underwater treadmill helps with pain, blood flow, and early weight-bearing on joints. We also address the fascia tightness and postural imbalance issues too. I asked Hima how injuring a pelvis or jaw tightness can be treated without a back brace or mouth guard/brace. They use specific therapy to address those issues. Hima recounts the story of a cheerleader woke up with lockjaw and came in, not knowing what had happened. The dentist couldn’t find anything to explain the problem. We were able to diagnose the problem. The patient had postural and myofascial restriction. She

Call Vital Energy Wellness and Rehab Center today to schedule your assessment at 803.359.1551 or visit their website at www.vitalenergytherapy.com for more information.

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