Being pain-free does not mean you are ready to play. Due to the impediment on regular movement as a result of injury, the layoff from sporting activity, the trauma of the injury and possible surgery (and scar tissue that formed as a result), final phase rehabilitation has to address the restoration of balanced movement patterns.
After the initial phases of rehab during which isolated mobility and strength exercises were used, my system of work integrates soft tissue regeneration with the restoration and development of sound, whole movement patterns. As Certified Specialist of Movement Evaluation and Correction, I am equipped to identify and correct individual specific compensatory movement or left-right asymmetries, which resulted from injury or surgery, or were often part of the original underlying causes of the injury.
The system of corrective exercise I use is based on the Developmental Path of motor learning, which means we progressively restore movement competency by building one movement skill on top of another. This is a step-by-step process that not only balances mobility and stability needs, but also stimulates the restoration of motor control, which is most often neglected in the typical rehabilitation scenario.
Once the quality and safety of whole movement patterns around the previously injured joint area has been restored, the body is able to gain movement efficiency and functional strength from higher volumes and more dynamic forms of exercise. With a solid functional movement base, the individual athlete's training can again be tailored to the performance needs of his or her particular sport, with a lowered risk of future injury.
As owner of Movement & Wellness, it is my passion to equip people with functional solutions to overcome chronic pain and recurring injury, and to optimize wellness and sustainable sports performance.
Kobus du Plessis
Osteopathic Manual Therapist
218 Cape Road, Mill Park
6001, Port Elizabeth
Tel: +27-(0)74 736 5441