SEARCHING FOR EXERCISES

How to search for exercises on The Rehab Lab


Searching for exercises on The Rehab Lab is simple. To find an exercise you are looking for, first log in to The Rehab Lab by clicking here and entering your username and password at the login screen. Once you have logged in, you will see The Rehab Lab 'exercise search screen' (the main screen). This screen contains various search options that enable you to refine your search to specific categories of exercises. Depending on how many search results you want returned, you can use just one of the search options, or all. The search options available are:


1. Select a database to search

The first line of search options you will see is the SELECT DATABASE boxes. THE REHAB LAB database is selected by default (note the icon is illuminated orange). This means that your search results will display only those exercises in The Rehab Lab exercise database that match your search criteria.

To also search for exercises that you have added to your custom database of exercises, click the MY CUSTOM EXERCISES search option (when selected, the icon will be illuminated orange).

If you only want to search exercises you have added to your custom exercises database (and exclude The Rehab Lab exercises), deselect THE REHAB LAB search option (when deselected, the icon will no longer be illuminated) and select the MY CUSTOM EXERCISES search option.


Selecting a database to search: 'THE REHAB LAB' is selected by default

2. SEARCH CRITERIA

The next set of search options enable you to refine your search to specific categories of exercises. This set of search options contains 3 drop-down menus.

The first drop-down menu allows you to refine your search by BODY REGION. The options in this drop-down menu allow you refine your search by: upper limb; lower limb; trunk; other (please refer below).

NB: The 'other' option from this drop-down menu is used to categorise all exercises that do not fit into a specific body region (i.e. patient advice, postural positions, sports drills and full body exercises)

The second drop-down menu allows you to refine your search by JOINT/TYPE. The options in this drop-down menu allow you to refine your search by the various joints (e.g. shoulder / scapula, elbow, wrist etc.) or type of exercise (e.g. postural positions, whole body / cardio. type exercises or miscellaneous / patient advice).

The third drop-down menu allows you to refine your search by EXERCISE TYPE. The options in this drop-down are stretching & mobilising, strengthening & stabilising and neural & other exercises.

NB: The 'neural & other' option from this drop-down menu is used to categorise all exercises that cannot be classed in the previous two categories (i.e. neural exercises, patient advice, postural positions, sports drills and full body exercises)


Refine your search using the drop-down menus

You can choose any combination of the drop-down menus that you desire. A common search method is to choose the joint (.e shoulder) and exercise type (e.g. strengthening). The number of exercises found from your search will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.


3. ENTER KEYWORDS

If your search returns too many exercises, you can further refine your search by entering associated keywords into the KEYWORD SEARCH text area.

For best results, The Rehab Lab recommends you restrict your keywords to one or two words. You can enter the exercise name (e.g. calf raise), the muscles being exercised (e.g. gastrocnemius) or an associated pathology (e.g. achilles tendonitis).


You can refine your search further by adding keywords

NOW YOU'RE READY TO SEARCH

Now that you've filled out all the appropriate search options, click the SEARCH button (or simply click enter on your keyboard).


Click the 'SEARCH' button to display your search results

The exercises that match your search criteria will now be displayed in the search results area below the search options. The number of search results is displayed in the blue bar at the bottom of the screen.


The number of search results is displayed at the bottom of the screen

ADD AN EXERCISE TO YOUR PROGRAMME
To add your desired exercise to your new programme, click the Add Exercise To Programme button (the plus icon), or simply drag the exercise into the programme contents column on the right of the screen.

To preview an exercise, click the 'preview exercise' button (the magnifying glass icon), or simply double-click the exercise.

Once your exercise has been added to the programme contents column on the right of the screen you can now edit the exercise to your liking.

               
Add your exercise to your new programme

NOW YOU'RE READY TO CREATE A NEW REHAB HANDOUT

Now that you've found the exercises you want, you can begin creating a new rehabilitation handout. To read other related how-to-guides, select an option from the RELATED GUIDES menu at the right-hand side of the screen.