What are therapeutic exercises?
Therapeutic exercises refers to a wide range of physical activities that focuses on restoring and maintaining strength, endurance, flexibility, stability, and balance. The goal of therapeutic exercises is to return an injured patient to a fully functioning, pain-free state.
How does it work?
Our chiropractors begin by conducting a thorough evaluation of an individual’s physical capabilities through both a medical history and physical assessment. The doctor then uses her knowledge to shape a treatment care plan containing a slowly-progressing exercise program that is appropriate to each individual’s needs. The doctor monitors progress, assists with some physical movements, and continuously modifies the plan as the patient recovers.
The first objective of therapeutic exercise is to help the body reduce pain and inflammation. Once this is achieved, the exercise program focuses on regaining range of motion and rebuilding muscle strength and endurance. Exercises that may be included in a therapeutic program include:
- Strengthening exercises, usually performed with heavy resistance and fewer repetitions.
- Endurance exercises that engage large muscle groups over a longer period of time.
- Flexibility exercises achieved through stretching and movement.
- Balance and coordination exercises that focus on maintaining an individual’s center of gravity
Who would benefit?
Those with pain, stress, new or old injuries, desk jobs, or jobs with repetitive motions, athletes, and pregnant women.