Exercise therapy uses specific movements to improve the way the body functions. It focuses on moving the body and its different parts to relieve symptoms and improve mobility while preventing and managing pain.
Injuries happen and chronic conditions slowly emerge, and sometimes we just move our bodies in ways that they aren’t quite meant for, and doing this over a lifetime can cause injury and pain. A range of therapeutic exercise options are often recommended for injury prevention and rehabilitation, and can also be used to address faulty movement patterns that may have been the cause of an injury.
Exercise therapy can take many different forms. For some clients it may be moving more and sitting less and for others it may mean getting on a bike, jogging or lifting weights. It allows muscles to be more flexible, prevents muscle atrophy (deterioration) due to an injury or immobilization, restores muscle strength, increases balance, and increases confidence in physical abilities. The ultimate goal is to use physical activity to improve health and wellbeing. Physical activity and physical fitness are known to be associated with achieving lifelong health and well being.
The manual manipulation of soft tissue and joints to promote maximum performance during competition and a higher level of recovery after injury or activity.
Research supports the use of therapeutic exercise programs for conditions such as back pain, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease or disabilities such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson and ALS.
Exercise therapy programs may include exercises to:
Maximize Physical Abilities(i.e. gain or maintain mobility while living with a disability or after confinement to a wheelchair or bed for extended period of time.)
Optimize Muscular Functioning (i.e. treatment and recovery after an injury to a portion of the body)
Improve Physical Fitness(i.e. preparation for surgery and recovery post surgery)
Improve General Health and Well-Being(i.e. healthy lifestyle)
Exercise therapy can also help relieve stress, improve sleep, combat depression and generally improve a client’s sense of wellbeing. Physical activity and exercise can help deal with depression as they cause the body to release endorphins, naturally occurring chemicals in the body known to elevate moods.
Exercise therapy literally makes you feel good!
Programs Help to:
✓ Maximize Physical Abilities ✓ Optimize Muscular Functioning ✓ Improve Physical Fitness ✓ Improve General Health and Well-Being