These days there is no excuse for clients who are taking a holiday to not be able to keep up with their rehabilitation. If they’re in an active, strengthening based program which involves a resistance training component there are always substitution options.
Pending the client’s mobility and positioning abilities, body weight training is a great alternative to traditional resistance training. Movements or exercises can be very “functional” in nature as the client learns to move the weight of their body or in other terms, use the physiological load their body provides, as the resistance.
We often provide clients with resistance bands (shown in this video) as they’re a cheap option and are used in a similar action to therabands, however, with the in-built handle they’re much more versatile and can “mirror” many traditional gym exercises.
Ask the EP you’re working with whether they have prescribed the client with a home or a holiday program before they go away. This is a huge factor in being able to start the new year on a good note without having to delay return to work plans and continuing on the path of improvement.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Specialised Health.