What’s a therapeutic exercise?
This is the most valuable treatment tool we offer at our practice. Therapeutic exercise is a variety of movements that help to restore and build physical strength, endurance, power, and flexibility. The goal is to progressively load injured tissues to return our patients to a pain-free, fully functioning state.
Based on the initial assessment, the care provider will determine a treatment plan that includes an exercise program tailored to the patient’s needs. Depending on the patients tissue irritability, exercises can be manipulated to fit each patients stage of healing to ensure no wasted time in the clinic. Programs are carefully monitored by your doctor and emphasize an appropriate progression to allow tissues to adapt appropriately and thrive. Our ultimate goals is to have our patients performing the movements or tasks that they wanted to get back to doing by their discharge.
How does therapeutic exercise work?
- Movement at the joint level helps to nourish joint surface by reabsorbing tissue waste and bringing in new nutrients.
- It promotes muscle activation to reduce loading of joint surfaces, and improves active stability through improvements in strength.
- When performed appropriately, stimulates muscle to breakdown and rebuild stronger than it was.
- Increases neural recruitment to stimulate more muscle fibers to perform a given task.
All of these effects work together to help the body heal and function optimally. This is why our clinic has a large focus on this to help your body heal.
As a whole, exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, improve cardiovascular health, improve weight maintenance, promote blood sugar regulation, and reduce inflammation. The benefits to exercise are extensive, but our providers will tune your program to your specific needs to get you the best outcome from care possible.
How does Balanced do it Differently?
Therapeutic exercises should be performed to closely mimic the functional movement our patients want to perform. You wont find any big machines that help your body stabilize during movement in our clinic. We use free weights and other equipment that allows your body to move in the most unrestricted way possible. Appropriately adaptation to a movement is not only essential for healing, but also for preventing future injuries. We have a big open gym equipped to allow our patients ample room to move around and reach their goals. Check our our clinic space here
General Program Inclusion
- Strengthening exercises: Assists with improving strength with emphasis on dosing to match the requirements of patient stated goals. We want to make you stronger than you were before you became injured. Strength will also help to provide active stability around joints and prevent future injury.
- Endurance exercises: To develop endurance when necessary in target muscle groups. Especially importance in endurance athletes and low back pain patients. Endurance helps the muscle build up tolerance to contracting continuously.
- Flexibility exercises: Helps to restore tissue extensibility to allow patients to move through a greater range of motion.
- Plyometric exercises: Restores muscle power to meet the demands of most functional activities. This is especially important for returning a patient to sport, running, or higher level activities. This crucial step is often overlooked when recovering from an injury.