What is Therapeutic Exercise?
Therapeutic Exercise refers to a wide variety of general, specific or functional physical activities and exercises which aim to correct specific conditions by restoring or regaining range of motion, muscular strength, endurance, balance or muscle activation. Therapeutic Exercise is different than normal physical activity in that it targets specific muscles or issues that are associated with the patient's condition.
Why Therapeutic Exercise?
We strongly believe that you are MADE TO MOVE. Physiotherapy sessions are approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour long in duration which means that you are rehabilitating under the care of your physiotherapist 1-3 hours a week at maximum. The majority of your time is spent at home, at work, driving your kids to practice, at the driving range, on the computer, etc. This accounts for a large majority of your hours, days and weeks. In order to establish your best outcome, movement is key. Therapeutic Exercise accomplishes this by ensuring that you don't regress when you are not seeing your physiotherapist.
What kinds of Therapeutic Exercise are there?
Motor Control Exercises: Retraining of muscular movement patterns to correct deactivated or overactive muscles which may be caused by muscular imbalance, injury or surgical procedures leading to pain and dysfunction.
Stretching Exercises: Passive, Active and Active-assisted stretching aiming to maintain and/or improve range of motion.
Strengthening Exercises: Body weight or resistance exercises that aim to maintain and/or improve attributes of muscular strength such as: overall strength, power or endurance.
Balance/Coordination Exercises: Aim to improve balance and coordination by correcting muscular timing or improving proprioception (the ability of a muscular to know its position and length in space).
Postural Correction: Education, exercise and cueing which aims to correct the common and/or specific postural deficits found.
Miscellaneous: Specific activities to address other conditions such as: nerve entrapment, circulatory issues or trigger points and adhesions, etc.
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