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Functional Rehabilitation:
What Is It, and How Does It Work?

Injury Prevention
Neck Pain
Back Pain
Joint Mobility
Muscle Tightness
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What is Functional Rehabilitation?

Functional rehabilitation is a restoration program that is designed to provide comprehensive treatment of an injury or dysfunction of the body. In contrast to traditional physical therapy, functional rehabilitation treats with the goal of returning the individual to full participation of prior level of activity. This requires restoration of form as well as function. The program is designed to progress the individual from simple activities, such as walking or jogging, to more complex-specific activities that require refined levels of proprioceptive acuity.

In addition to strength and flexibility, a functional rehabilitation program also incorporates agility and proprioceptive/kinesthetic training.  While this model has primarily been applied to sports medicine and athletes, it is also appropriate for “industrial athletes”, employees who use their musculoskeletal system to perform their jobs, in order to return the injured worker as quickly as possible without risk of reinjury.


How does Functional Rehabilitation Work?

Condition: Functional rehabilitation combines various techniques in an attempt to return an injured athlete or worker to an optimal level of performance.

Background: The program includes strength, flexibility, and agility training as well as training focused on coordination of body parts and motion to prepare the individual to return to full participation.

History and Symptoms: History of the injury, including previous injuries, treatments, and recovery, is useful as the initial step. Understanding the patient’s goals and plans to return to sports or activities is helpful. Knowledge of current level of function, presence of a support system, use of medications or supplements, and what positions or movements reduce or increase pain is also important.

Physical Exam: A physical examination will be performed by the chiropractor to assess reflexes, posture, balance, walking, muscle control, body stabilization during rest and movement, range of motion of joints, and any deficiencies or problems that may have contributed to the original injury.

Diagnostic Process: Functional rehabilitation requires functional diagnostics, such as the chiropractor reviewing the individuals techniques, movement capabilities, and secondary adaptation changes to other joints or muscles; however, imaging, such as X-ray, CT, or MRI, may be used to clarify the particular problem or injury. Ultrasound imaging can also be used to assess the movement of joints and muscles.

Rehab Management: The overall goal is to train the patient using three-dimensional movements to prepare the whole body to return to daily activities or sports. This differs from therapies used to address the patient’s symptoms using such modalities as heat, ice, and medication while mainly strengthening the isolated injured muscle. The athlete should begin rehabilitation as soon as the injury allows, and rehabilitation, which should be injury-specific, may follow a multi-phase program that involves progressive steps from controlling inflammation and pain to restoration of motion to development of muscle strength, power, and endurance to return to lifestyle-specific activity.

Patient case study

Mr. Syed was diagnosed with a cervical Slipped Disc. His symptoms included weakness accompanied by numbness and tingling in the right hand. After a series of adjustments and decompression therapy, we're glad to say he's pain-free. However, given the existing neck damage sustained, we're now focusing on rehabilitation to create balance in his neck muscles and to decrease as much joint and disc stress as possible as a means of prevention.

Benefits of Functional Rehabilitation

Functional rehabilitation therapy offers many benefits for anybody recovering from surgery or an injury, including:

Better muscle memory

By engaging your muscles with repetitive, functional exercises, functional rehabilitation helps improve muscle memory.

Higher endurance

A functional rehabilitation program can help build cardiovascular stamina while improving endurance during high-intensity activities, like weightlifting or running.

Improved posture

A crucial part of any functional rehabilitation program is improving posture and balance. This helps engage your core and keep your spine in proper alignment. Balance and posture also help improve your form when exercising or playing sports.

Less joint pain

Joint pain is often caused by chronic overuse, which can degrade your joints over time. Functional rehabilitation aims to strengthen your joints and prevent overuse to alleviate pain and restore joint mobility.

Improved flexibility

Functional rehabilitation doesn’t just strengthen your muscles, it also retrains them to become more flexible. This can significantly help reduce your chances of reinjury while alleviating pain and discomfort.


How to Treat Patients With Functional Rehabilitation?

Stages of Rehabilitation

Phase 1 - Control Pain and Swelling.

Phase 2 - Improve Range of Motion and/or Flexibility.

Phase 3 - Improve Strength & Begin Proprioception/Balance Training.

Phase 4 - Proprioception/Balance Training & lifestyle-Specific exercises.

Phase 5 - Gradual Return to Full Activity.



Muscular Rehabilitation is unique to all individuals as everyone has different activities of daily living with differences in short and long term goals as well. We see golfers who come in with back pain and focus on generating more trunk mobility and rotational strength. On the other end we also more elder individuals with chronic lower back pain leading to weakness of the legs, with these cases we focus on Lower limb musculature firing which promotes strength and better functional walking patterns. Come see one of our friendly Chiropractors and see what we can do to help you!

Suzanne Sim
Suzanne Sim
Visited Dr Jason on 6th March 2022 due to acute back pain where I cannot even stand, sit, sleep and walk properly. During my first visit I had to borrow my mom’s walking stick in order to walk, and I needed someone to help me up when I was sitting down. After the first 2 sessions, my pain eased greatly and I can sit/sleep better and I can walk freely without the help of the walking stick. After 9 sessions with Dr Jason, I can say that everything is pretty much well and I’m back to my usual self. So thankful towards Dr Jason!
Aaron Pasaoa Lee
Aaron Pasaoa Lee
Live Well Chiropractic, from front desk staff to the Doctors everyone is so welcoming and accommodating. Service is impeccable and staffs were on point every time I drop by to visit. Booking appointment was a breeze because of the WhatsApp function they have which made communication seamless. My chiropractor was Dr. Kenney. One I would recommend besides Dr Jessie. Attention to detail and precise with all the adjustments. I will definitely go back to them for spine health and any injuries related. Thank you for taking care of me.
Ang Yew Yee
Ang Yew Yee
I came here to relief my bad back and after the sessions, it gets better and better. The staffs are friendly and the doctors are professional! 😀
John Lam
John Lam
Staff at Live Well are friendly and accomdating to my schedule when I need to reschedule my appointment. I came in with constant shoulder and neck ache accompanied with tension headache, and lower back ache. Dr Kenny has been providing adjustments for my spine, and given me the knowledge on maintaining a good posture and stretching exercises. Now, my shoulder, neck ans lower back ache episodes have decrease, and I have lesser tension headaches. Live Well Chiropractic is definitely recommended for people who suffer from musculoskeletal aches and pain.
Anne Atienza
Anne Atienza
Very cozy and clean! All staffs friendly and approachable. I had a bad back pain after I give birth ,seriously pain to the point I can’t blend my body or carry my baby and Dr Jessie helps me ya now I’m better so much relief after a few sessions. 👍👍👍
Teresa Ong
Teresa Ong
Thanks to Dr Jason, after 3 months of adjustment to my upper back my headaches are gone, I also had better quality sleep, and had more energy throughout the day.
Eng Cher Heng
Eng Cher Heng
Dr Jason is very experienced and i trust him to treat my condition which has improved tremendously over the past 9 months. I have multiple disc degeneration causing pins and needles with my fingers. Seeing him regularly helps to keep my neck, spine in good condition, alleviating symptoms that i used to face.
Kelvin Quek
Kelvin Quek
I woke up one morning (4 years ago) in pain and unable to turn my neck, after sleeping in a bad posture. Usually this takes 1-2 weeks to recover on its own. Desperate and in so much discomfort, I decided to give Chiropractic a try, and visited Dr Jason (now in Live Well Chiropractic). To my surprise, all it took was just one treatment from him and I had instant relief! Ever since, I have been regularly going to Dr Jason for the past 4 years. The frequencies of my bad neck aches lessened significantly and my posture has also improved tremendously. Friendly, very experienced, reliable and most importantly effective! I will definitely recommend Dr Jason to anyone who wants to give Chiropractic a try and I am convinced that you will be the next one giving him a great testimony like myself 😊
Irene Tee
Irene Tee
I have been going to chiro with Dr Jason for more than 8 years, from treatment stage to maintenance stage now. I was in really bad shape, the pain in my lower back was so severe that I couldn’t even sit for more than 5 minutes without feeling pain as my protruding disc was pressing on my nerves. I tried TCM treatments and physiotherapy. These treatments didn’t work for me. I am grateful that I found Dr Jason. He was friendly and patient, taking the time to understand my condition, saw my x-rays and MRI scan. He told me that my condition could be improved. No hard selling. For the first few weeks, I had to go for treatments more regularly. My condition improved very quickly that the number of times I needed to go for treatments every week reduced. Now, I no longer feel pain when I sit for long periods of time! He is the number 1 doctor that I go to for any body pain. When my wrist and elbow hurt, he could feel the slightest misalignments and adjusted them back in place for me. Thank you Dr Jason! :)

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