What is Buddy Rehab?

Buddy Rehab is a system implemented at BioLife Health where up to 10 people can follow their rehabilitation programs together to improve their likelihood of success.

With any rehabilitative exercise program the secret to success is for the client to actually follow the program, to execute the exercises correctly and to continue with it as a long term lifestyle change.  It is often difficult for people to do this as motivation and support is lacking.  This can be due to financial and time constraints as well as lacking self-motivation to exercise.  To address all of these aspects we have started a system that we call Buddie Rehab.

Benefits of Buddy Rehab

Buddy Rehab provides people with the benefits of following a scientifically based exercise program addressing their unique needs but at a fraction of the cost and with the social support of a partner/group and with continued supervision by a biokineticist.

Basic benefits of rehabilitation

  • Less pain and improved functional ability
  • Speedier and enhanced recovery (from surgery/injuries)
  • Prevention of chronic musculoskeletal problems
  • Restoration of normal movement patterns
  • Improved core strength, posture and balance
  • Increased muscular strength and flexibility
  • Increased co-ordination and muscular control

Added benefits of buddy rehabilitation

  • Education on aspects that can aid/support the recovery
  • Information on healthy lifestyle habits
  • Cost effective supervised rehabilitation sessions
  • Social support and added motivation from training buddie/s

Who will benefit from Buddy Rehab?

  • People with the following conditions that struggle to exercise on their own or do not have the financial means to afford one-on-one rehabilitation.
    • Orthopaedic conditions (back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee etc.)
    • Chronic diseases (heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis etc.)
    • Pre-and-post surgery rehabilitation (hip/knee replacements, spinal surgery)
    • Special populations (the elderly, osteoporosis, pre-and-postnatal etc.)

You can either join together with a partner/friend or you can join a training group of people suffering from a similar condition. 

  • If joining with a partner or friend you do not need to suffer from the same condition but your exercise programs must be compatible if you want to train together. This can be discussed with the treating biokineticist before you join.

The second option is to start the rehabilitation process and then be introduced to a buddie or small rehabilitation group that suffers from a similar condition as you.  During these sessions information will be shared and general questions will be answered.  You can therefore learn from each other as well as support each other.

When addressing a specific physiological need, neuromuscular problem or chronic injury it is important to know each individual’s unique physical condition.  We need to determine if there are any underlying factors that can cause or aggravate the problem for e.g. poor posture or any muscle imbalances.   The first step is therefore to start with a full evaluation that includes history taking, posture analysis as well as an injury specific evaluation.  If necessary a body composition analysis might also be done.  The results from these test are then taken into consideration to develop a rehabilitation program suited to your individual needs and ability. 

After the assessments you will receive at least 3 individual rehabilitation sessions to ensure that you understand the basic principles of the exercises and to rule out possible movements that can aggravate your condition.  As soon as you are confident and ready to move to the next level you will join your exercise buddie and start training together.  This is when you will start to experience the benefits of buddie rehab.  These sessions will be fully supervised and exercises will be adapted as you gain strength and confidence.  You will therefore receive an enhanced training effect as your body will be challenged constantly.