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Musculo-skeletal Health Seminar

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Pro-Active Rehab Clinic

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The cardinal rules of

joint and muscle pain




Pro-active Rehab is a systematic, intensive, strength and flexibility exercise program designed to dramatically speed up the recovery of people suffering from personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunctions.




A high proportion of people with back pain have a fitness problem. Weak and tight muscles have allowed the bones of first the pelvis and then the vertebrae it to move out of alignment. That's the bad news.


The good news is that there is a good chance the damage can be undone, with poor function being restored to good and pain relieved by both a targeted and a general, strength and flexibility conditioning program.


Fitness generated problems need fitness solutions and the only person who can administer the fitness prescription is the individuals in pain.


This is a program for individuals and staff of corporate organisations.




Only on the rarest of occasions is back pain caused by a lack of rubbing, crunching, heating, vibrating, strapping, doping or surgery.






This is a program suited to all people with low back pain. Our clients are individuals who have been spent time and money on therapies that haven't given them the results they were looking for and know that improving their strength, flexibility and postural alignment makes sense.




The costs associated with workers compensation claims for personally-generated musculo-skeletal dysfunctions are exceptionally high. Organisations need to get on the front foot and make sure their staff are in such good condition that the chances of submitting a claim form are remote.




The program has two arms:



The Pro-Active Rehab program caters for people in corporate organisations who:



need a strength and flexibility training program to avoid joint and muscle pain




are at grave risk of a serious musculo-skeletal breakdown




are already in pain but who not submitted a workers compensation claim.




have had a musculo-skeletal breakdown (responsibility for which has been sheeted home to the employer) and are on a workers compensation rehabilitation program.


The program involves group musculo-skeletal health risk screening, one-on-one-assessments and one of 5 Pro-Active Rehab Workouts.




We recommend organisations adopt the following mandatory process to enhance the strength and flexibility of their staff and cover all bases to avoid claims by their staff (supported by their medical and legal advisors) for joint and muscle pain not caused by a workplace accident.

•  Musculo-skeletal health seminar
•  Health Climate Survey
•  Specific joint assessment
•  Ten point musculo-skeletal risk screen
•  Fit-for-Work assessment
•  Manual Handling seminar
•  Work station assessment
•  Clinical Assessment for people at risk
•  X-ray for people with existing conditions
•  Pro-Active Rehab program for people at risk and people on workers compensation
•  Daily strength and flexibility exercise program for all staff

The system is managed by our cloud-based Health Information Management System.


1.We conduct musculo-skeletal health and manual handling seminars.

2.We take staff through our Ten Point Risk Screen, with people being assessed as ‘high risk’ undergoing our Clinical Assessment. We also conduct work station assessments.

3.We inspire and motivate staff to willingly take part in a daily exercise program so they can attain and/or maintain the level of strength and flexibility that improves musculo-skeletal heath and dramatically reduce workers compensation claims.

4.We involve ‘high risk’ people and people already on workers compensation in our Pro-Active Rehab program.

5.Using our Health Information Management System we enable employers to record risk screen and clinical assessment results and track people at risk through the pro-active rehab process.

6.The Health Information Management System also tracks health, fitness and wellbeing training, particularly those programs that are deemed to be obligatory, like musculo-skeletal health, manual handling and workstation set up.

In our surveys we've found that around 50% of employees are at risk of an incident tipping them into the workers compensation arena. They're already in some pain, their bodies are out of alignment and muscles are not strong enough to perform every tasks without breaking down.


Pro-active Rehab centres have staff who are qualified in taking clients through the Ten Point Musculo-skeletal Health Risk Screen, plus the clinical assessment that highlights the likely causes of their musculo-skeletal pain, particularly lower back pain.


The Pro-Active Rehab program takes its lead from sports rehab where injured sports people devote both their waking (and in some cases sleeping) hours to full time rehabilitation. It's a tough ask expecting to get better from attending a physiotherapy or chiropractic session twice a week, particularly if the cause of the problem is a lack of strength and flexibility.


Whilst the manipulative therapeutic modalities may speed up the rehab program, they do not take the place of that which people with musculo-skeletal pain can only do for themselves. It's an active program, not a passive program.




It's a big ask expecting to stay in good musculo-skeletal heath without keeping yourself fit.




Compared with sports injury rehabilitation, the joint and muscle pain rehabilitation industry has been left behind, with people going to a few appointments a week, mainly for passive treatments, that devolve the responsibility for getting better to someone else.


The problem for so many people is that the rehab strategy employed by elite level sporting clubs is not on the radar. They wonder why it is taking so long for the pain to go away.


Most rehab programs lack a strength and flexibility program of sufficient frequency, duration and intensity to dramatically speed up the rehab process. In a Pro-Active Rehab Workout, there's no such thing as a quick stretch. Getting muscles to loosen up takes time, but if the time is concentrated, every day, every week, every month, then the process is dramatically speeded up.


Compared with sports injuries, the other difference is that  most of the joint and muscle pain is not caused by the sorts of traumatic events that occur on the sporting field. They’re the personally-generated dysfunctions that develop over many years as muscles become tighter and weaker and skeletons out of alignment. Blame sitting down and blame a lack of strength and flexibility training


The program is badged as the Pro-Active Rehab program to emphasize the point that it is



active, not passive treatment. Most workers compensation rehab programs have as their core treatment, hands on, passive, one-on-one therapies




loosening off tight muscles and strengthening weak muscles takes time - it doesn't happen on a massage table for 20 minutes, twice a week.




an injury management program in which participants become their own therapists, doing the strength and flexibility exercises that only they can do to get themselves back into good musculo-skeletal health.




a program directed at the cause of the problem (the muscles that have taken the pelvis and the bones above it out of alignment), not the symptoms (the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the lower back that have been stretched beyond their pain threshold and herniated discs that are pressing against the spinal column.)


To be able to spend extensive periods of time in supervised classes or at home, promises to have a dramatic impact on speeding up the rehab process.




Back pain is usually caused by a fitness problem, not a medical problem. Only on the rarest of occasions can you fix a fitness problem with a medical solution.






The distinction between the Pro-Active Rehab program and other therapeutic treatments is that the latter



tend to be based on passive treatments




are usually directed at the spot where the pain is, not the underlying cause of the problem - which is tight muscles attached to the pelvis and the bones above it. Focusing on the site of the pain often leads to more therapy after the effect of the last treatment has worn off




tend to take people's minds off what they themselves need to do to restore poor function to good


For most people with lower back (and other joint and muscle pain), the frequency, intensity and duration of their strength and flexibility rehab program is so low the chances of a speedy recovery are greatly compromised




are expensive - $80 for a 20 minute rub down and $40 for a five-minute crunch.


The Pro-Active Rehab program is an affordable option for both individuals and corporate organisations.


In the latter, paying a $1000 for staff who are at grave risk to their workers compensation arrangements could save hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in workers compensation premiums.




There are five Pro-Active Workouts, all designed to loosen off the muscles that have taken the pelvis and the bones above it out of alignment - and strengthen the major muscles of the body.



10 minute work-place workout with strength and flexibility exercises being rotated during the week.




20 minute workout - our recommended back pain maintenance program comprising a suite of flexibility and strength exercises. Recommended for both work and home.




1 hour workout - with more exercises and some being done for longer periods. Recommended for people who are at grave risk of back pain and those who already have it. The workout can take place at work or at home - or both




2 hour workout - an extension of the one hour workout with some exercises being done for longer periods of time. Our recommended workout for people in pain -at both work and home.




7 hour workout - an intensive (though not strenuous) program of 7 hours a day over 5 or more days, designed to kick-start the rehab process by getting the body back into better alignment. Involves three rotations of the exercises in the 2-hour program, plus strength and aerobic fitness workouts and inner mental training.


Participants receive information on a range of general health topics, including fitness, diet and stress management.


To be able to spend 7 hours a day in supervised classes, promises to have a dramatic impact on speeding up the rehab process.


In short it’s a full week, devoted to becoming stronger, more flexible, back in better alignment and becoming focused on being in good musculo-skeletal health.


That’s the quickest and cheapest route to restoring poor musculo-skeletal health to good.





It's a big ask expecting to get better by having someone do something to you. Sooner or later you have to do something to yourself.





About us

Pro-Active Rehab is a division of Miller Health Pty Ltd

7 Salvado Place, Stirling (Canberra) ACT 2611 Australia

61 2 6288 7703

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