Following a comprehensive health assessment by Dr. Sanders, a certified trainer meets with the patient to build upon his profile. After assessing activity level, age and any other considerations specific to the patient, a plan to repair the injury and return the patient to a state of health surpassing even that of pre-injury is developed.
“It’s not a nurturing type of regiment – there’s no heating, massaging, ice packs, etc. We’re looking at getting you strong. We’re aggressive. We don’t like surgery, unless absolutely necessary. It can be avoided.
“We want people up and moving as quickly as possible and as good or better than they always were.” – George Pou, certified trainer
Patients are closely monitored and progress is recorded through every stage of the program. Not only is performance level assessed, but increased strength and muscle mass is also measured to determine overall results.
The trainers at The Sanders Clinic believe that their personalized approach gives their patients an advantage over general rehabilitation treatments, because they are not bound by established protocol and are able to deviate from “generally accepted procedure.” This flexibility and the individualized attention allow them to create and monitor specialized plans for maximum effectiveness.
Balance also plays a significant role in several areas of the program. The trainers find the balance of proper diet, exercise and life habits for an individual as important as the balance underscored in such practices as yoga – strengthening the left and right sides of the body to become more physically centered. This type of balance is lost in age and is a large factor in fall-related injuries among the elderly.
Another key part of the program is finding the right balance of strength among opposing muscles, which is often overlooked by athletes as well as the average individual involved in training or exercise programs.