In order of importance when completing any therapeutic physiological/psychological recovery program a competent clinician will treat in this order:
5. Power (strength x speed)
The same is utterly true of recovery and rehab from the ruins of sexual abuse and trauma.
- Stability is integral to ANY recovery program. Little can be accomplished until the source of instability is found and the atrophied area is conditioned. Sometimes external supports are required. Pain is always a factor that needs to be managed.
- Mobility: areas that surround injury/trauma site will brace and seize up, taking on roles/responsibilities that were never intended. This creates secondary pain and spreads the affect of the trauma to other areas of the physiology and psychology. Once physical/psychological stability is established work on mobility/flexibility.
- Endurance: stability and mobility must be maintained while you slowly increase the load. It is important to allow yourself the time to adapt to a new load while monitoring yourself for the aforementioned. Duration and maintenance of stability and mobility is the goal on this phase of recovery.
- Strength: this is a loading phase where you add load in a titrated way according to the level of recovery and your ability to maintain stability, mobility, and endurance. This applies in all facets of trauma and recovery.
- Power: is the product of strength x speed. The foundation for power must be laid in establishing stability, mobility, endurance, and strength. The nature of human physiology and psychology being what it is, shortcuts to power will result in injury to the weakest and most vulnerable something or someone.