Therapeutic Exercise

At Back in Motion® Physical Therapy, our focus is to change people’s lives by providing pain relief and improving their quality of life.

What exactly is Therapeutic exercise?

Many people associate physical therapy with the recovery process following surgery. While it’s true that physical therapy is an important part of post-surgical recovery, it helps with much more than that. People with chronic pain or injuries that may not need surgery can benefit from physical therapy.

Physical therapists have many methods they use for treating a wide range of chronic conditions and injuries. What may be used to treat your condition will vary depending on the condition itself and other factors, like your medical history, age and weight. 

Therapeutic exercise is a catch-all term for a wide range of exercises and stretches that physical therapists use to help you manage your pain. Therapeutic exercises are not your everyday types of exercise. These are specialized exercises designed to target specific muscles, tissues and ligaments to help reduce pain and improve your range of motion. 

Therapeutic exercise can be used to achieve a wide range of goals, including:

 

    • Improved muscle performance — Therapeutic exercises can improve your strength and endurance, which is vital for improving support and stability for your joints. It can also help improve your balance and reduce pressure off of irritated nerves, and it may help patients with arthritis and other debilitating conditions improve their grip strength.

       

    • Improved range of motion — Range of motion exercises are used to stretch and strengthen key muscles and tendons around your joints to help improve your range of motion. This may help you improve your ability to live more independently by being able to perform daily tasks without needing assistance because of a limited range of motion.

     

  • Improved balance & coordination — Slips, trips and falls are common causes of injury, especially in seniors and patients with conditions that affect their balance, such as vertigo. Therapeutic exercise can help you strengthen muscles that play key roles in balancing to help you stay on your feet. This helps reduce your risk of falling and can allow you to enjoy a more independent lifestyle.

     

  • Improved posture — Poor posture is often a cause of chronic pain in your muscles and joints. Slouching in your chair at a desk for hours, standing hunched over, and staring down at a smartphone all day are some examples of poor posture that can lead to chronic pain. Therapeutic exercise can help improve the strength and flexibility of muscles and soft tissue affected by poor posture to help reduce the effects your poor posture has caused.

Ready to find out what therapeutic exercise can do for you?

While exercising might have been the last thing on mind when you’re in pain, as you can now see, therapeutic exercise plays an important role in managing pain. If you want to try therapeutic exercise for managing your pain, it’s best to consult a physical therapist for an assessment and treatment. 

Physical therapists can guide you through therapeutic exercise to make sure you’re staying within a comfortable performance level while engaging your muscles and soft tissue at a level that helps manage your condition. Our physical therapists at Back in Motion Physical therapy are licensed health care professionals who are highly skilled in identifying the root of pain and guiding patients like you through personalized treatments, which often include therapeutic exercise.

If you’re ready to treat your chronic pain or injury with therapeutic exercise and other treatments recommended by a physical therapist, please contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.

 

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