Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Therapy: Application and Objectives

Physical therapists employ a variety of techniques to assist patients in relieving pain and regaining function. Injury, illness, and post-surgical rehabilitation are just a few examples of issues that can impair the regular operation, and be addressed through physical therapy.

 

While everyone's needs are unique, therapeutic exercise is one of the most frequently recommended methods, when developing a treatment plan. This well-researched and evidence-based treatment method incorporates customized strengthening, stretching, and mobility-enhancing exercise routines specific to each patient.

 
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What Is Therapeutic Exercise? 

Therapeutic exercises include restoring and maintaining resilience, resistance, flexibility, stability, and balance in a wide variety of physical activities. The goal is to restore the completely functional, pain-free condition of an injured person.

The treatment is mainly aimed at reducing body discomfort and swelling. Upon completion of this program, the focus turns to movement recovery, muscle strength, and endurance. Exercises for this stage may include: 

 

  • Balancing

  • Strengthening

  • Motion range

  • Resilience

  • Plyometric activities

 

Therapeutic exercises aim to:

  • restore mobility

  • enhance function and strength

  • improve gait and balance

  • prevent and promote health, wellness, and fitness
     

Specific workouts are designed to restore strength, power, and work or endurance. Therapeutic exercises are also used for increasing motion range, reducing discomfort, improving equilibrium, and restoring function.

What Is The Application Of Therapy?

Therapeutic exercise for people suffering from osteoarthritis can decrease pain and increase muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. For those who have knee osteoarthritis, resistance and resistance training can help pain and balance.

Is Physical Therapy Painful?

Physical therapy should not be painful. That said, however, because it involves injured, inflamed, or chronically painful body areas, the treatment procedure may cause mild discomfort. Additionally, the body may be sore following a deep tissue massage or stretching exercise. This is because mobilizing, strengthening, and stretching the affected area requires a combination of specific movements, and physical manipulation, sometimes resulting in post-session soreness.

 

Muscles or ligaments which have become weak and rigid over time require specialized exercises. Minor irritation may develop in the area as a result of this. However, the soreness should not be a source of discomfort. If an individual experiences excessive discomfort or creates severe pain following a session, the issue should be discussed with the physical therapist, who can adjust the treatment accordingly. Additionally, a therapist may use a hot-cold application, following the procedure, to aid in the reduction of soreness.


Another critical point to remember: Each individual is unique. As a result, pain thresholds will vary significantly, from one person to the next. This fact reinforces the importance of communication; intense pain during therapy may indicate a more serious underlying problem. Physical therapists are specially trained to recognize when a technique or exercise is causing undue discomfort, and can quickly adjust the regimen to alleviate the pain.

 
 

Unity Spine and Health Rehab Therapy

Our technique can help treat muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerve pain or discomfort.  Pain reduction is another area in which we focus, and may assist in pain alleviation for individuals.

 

Our simulated rehabilitation settings are best used in physiotherapy and neurological rehabilitation facilities dealing with a neuro-patient basis, or other physical treatment.

 

Objectives of Rehab Exercises

  • Lighten the agony 

  • Decrease pain 

  • Enhance mobility or skill

  • Prevent or recover from injuries caused by sports, work related injuries, or car accidents 

  • Prevent handicap or surgery

  • Rehab after a stroke, accident, injury, or operation

  • Work to avoid a slip or fall

  • Control a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis

  • Get to know how to utilize supports such as a walker or cane
     

 
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At Unity Spine and Health, working with our team of highly trained professionals can get you started on the path to a more fulfilling life. If you're interested in learning more about the therapeutic benefits of exercise and physical therapy, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.