Get Moving with Therapeutic Exercise
Did You Know Therapeutic Exercise Could Help Alleviate Pain?
Therapeutic exercise is a safe and easy way for people of all ages to restore function and live a pain-free life.
Therapeutic exercise is to a program of care, what turkey is to Thanksgiving dinner. Research shows that therapeutic exercises prescribed under the care of a physiotherapist provides the multitude of benefits that you wish for to relieve pain and restore their strength, endurance, flexibility, or stability. Every other modality is just, well, a side dish.
For more information on how therapeutic exercise may benefit you, contact Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation today!
Discover the benefits of therapeutic exercise
Exercise programs are aimed at improving health, so you can feel better than you did beforehand. Therapeutic exercise is similar in this way; however, it also implements targeted activities that are aimed at relieving pain and restoring you to your optimum level of physical function. It can also be used as a way to prevent additional impairment or disability when facing certain physical risks.
There are a wide variety of therapeutic exercises and each one has a unique purpose. These include:
Range of Motion Exercises
These exercises are aimed at increasing the range of movement available to your joints and soft tissues. This may be done through active, passive, or assisted activities designed to help your joints move better, without pain.
Hours spent at desks, whether sitting or standing, can all lead to pain or injury. What you may not realize is that assuming a prolonged posture has a direct impact on muscle strength, balance, and risk of injury. Posture exercises are aimed at getting you moving regularly throughout your day to alleviate aches and pains.
It’s easy to think of exercise as something we do with our muscles, but exercise can also help our body’s other systems. Area-specific exercises target breathing and circulation to help speed healing, improve blood flow, or lower stress on the body.
Balance & Coordination Exercises
Every time you stand or sit, bones and muscles work in conjunction with one another to help you remain upright. Every time you stand, walk, sit, brush your teeth, cook a meal, or take care of your daily activities, you are testing your coordination between the muscular and skeletal systems in your body. Your ability to care for yourself or your loved ones depends on your ability to balance and coordinate your arms, legs, hands, and feet. That is why balance and coordination exercises are so important, especially after an injury or illness. If you cannot keep your balance or lose your coordination, you lose the ability to care for yourself.
Muscle Performance Exercises
You can’t go wrong, getting strong!
This may be a surprise to you, but increasing your strength, power, and muscular endurance goes a longer way at improving mental and social aspects of your life, not just physical aspects, compared to other modes of exercise.. Furthermore, when it comes to reducing your risk of injury, research has shown that strengthening exercise heavily outweighs stretching.
Finding pain relief with therapeutic exercise
It is a common misconception that one should constantly rest when they are in pain. However, this can actually cause your muscles to weaken during the healing process, which can lead to decreased functionality and more pain in the long run.
Our Oakville, ON physiotherapists are movement experts, trained in improving strength, range of motion, and overall function of the body. They will design an individualized treatment plan for you equipped with the therapeutic exercises you need to alleviate your pain, strengthen the weak areas of your body, promote the healing process, and restore function.
At Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation, our goal is to help you live a pain-free life with even greater strength and endurance than you had before.
Get moving today!
If you want a life with less pain and greater strength and endurance, book an appointment at Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation today!
Find out how therapeutic exercise can help you reach your ultimate physical goals and allow you to live the life you want!