What is Therapeutic Exercise?
Therapeutic exercise refers to a variety of physical activities that focus on restoring and maintaining strength, endurance, and flexibility. The goal of therapeutic exercise is to return increase the physical ability of an injured individual to return them to a fully functioning, pain-free state.
Based on the initial evaluation that will assess your current physical ability in relation to your pain and the activities that you would like to perform, an exercise program will be established to help facilitate an efficient return to your desired activity. Exercises will then be advanced based on your progression.
Therapeutic exercise can include:
Desensitization exercises which are typically lighter intensity repetitive exercises to improve movement comfort and decrease the body and brain’s feeling of being threatened by movement.
Strengthening exercises which are typically performed with a heavier resistance and few repetitions.
Endurance exercises which typically are performed for a longer duration to improve the capacity of an individual to perform an activity for a longer period of time.
Flexibility exercises which are movements designed to improve the bodies tolerance to be moved through a larger motion.