Prehab vs Rehab

It’s a real thing to the avid athlete, but it gets lost in translation to the average adult. If you follow any of the Instagram influencers in the physical therapy or chiropractic realm you’ll see these words utilized quite often. What’s the difference between prehab and rehab anyway? I mean shouldn’t it be prehab and posthab. I guess posthab assumes automatic injury which isn’t the case unless you’re training like an imbecile. And if you haven’t figured it out yet prehab is short for pre-rehabilitation. I don’t like the word because the context doesn’t fit but it exists so here we are.

Your fundamental goal as a human being should be for you to be an athlete of life. When I say this I mean you a built to handle the activities of daily living with relative ease. When you are fit enough to survive and thrive rather than just exist you have done enough prehab in my book. But if you have specific goals where it being weight training or fitness goals some prehab is necessary to prevent injury and to coordinate muscle activation for better more efficient and injury free lifts.

The basics…

So , like I previously stated prehab depends on your goals. Let’s look at a couple examples of what I mean.

Ex1) I call save the knees please…My fat to fit prehab… take care of the knees. Less high impact more stabilization movements to get ready for running since it’s probably the best hiit add-on there is for fat loss. Exercises to gain an and adductor balance as well as hamstring strengthening and hip mobility work.

Ex2) improve power moves like bench and squat. Ensure to externally rotate the hip and shoulder for more anchored power to push your limits. So a great prehab to PR in either is to strengthen the external rotators.


Published by Dr. Jase

Thanks for visiting. More about me...I wanted to be a doctor as long as I can remember. My passion is and always will be to help people solve their health problems and inspire them to be better versions of themselves. I completed my undergrad at Michigan State University where I studied Physiology. It was there I shadowed in a local hospital, talked to scientists, counselors, medical doctors and chiropractors. After much consideration I attended Life University in Atlanta, GA. Prior to attending Life U I had never been to a chiropractor. All I knew is they help peoples' spines. Shortly after attending I received my first adjustments. Previously, it was ingrained in my head that pain was normal and to ignore it. As part of the process at Life U you are assigned a student intern that is learning to adjust people. Little did I know their learning experience on my spine would be my miracle. At 26, I've had constant shoulder pain since my days on the high school football team. I was 100 percent convinced I'd have to live with it forever. After being under care for a few weeks things started to change and shortly thereafter my pain was gone. Besides the knowledge in joint pain and spinal adjustments I became well-versed in other aspects of holistic care like diet, exercise, and other chronic disease processes that can be reversed via lifestyle. I love to teach and like to be creative so starting a blog, youtube channel and instagram profile check all my boxes for what makes me happy as a person. Other accolades: I became the go to chiropractor in the Atlanta area for athletes and families. The Atlanta Blaze MLL (professional lacrosse) team brought me on to be their team chiropractor. 2015 Nationally Qualifed NPC Men's Physique Competitor I also did some modeling and even acted in a few commercials for fun.

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