May 9, 2016

Therapeutic Exercise

It is a specific exercise designed to correct a specific problem. The purpose is to regain flexibility, strength and endurance related to specific physical problems, to foster recovery from injury or surgery, prevent complications of injury or illness or improve or maintain functional performance.

Therapeutic Exercise is different than Exercise. Therapeutic Exercise is the systematic and planned sequence of body movements designed to improve and restore physical function.

Exercise is considered an activity that is practiced or performed in order to develop a specific function or skill to improve or develop physical fitness.

Goals of therapeutic exercise:

  • Achieve the optimal, pain free level of function.
  • Improve and restore physical function.
  • Prevent loss of function.
  • Enhance a patient’s functional capabilities.
  • Prevent and decrease impairment and disability
  • Improve overall health, fitness and sense of well-being

Some of the Therapeutic Exercises may include: Range of motion activities that progress from passive, to active, to active assisted range of motion and to active range of motion. Muscle performance therapeutic exercises are designed to increase muscle strength, power and endurance with isometrics, eccentrics, concentrics and plyometrics. Postural activities are designed to retrain the body in proper positioning during all movements. Balance activities will involve static and dynamic balance movements to improve balance during all activities. Relaxation strategies to reduce stress. Family Physical Therapy and Wellness therapists will design an individual therapeutic exercise program to meet your needs, goals and help you incorporate it into your daily routine.