therapeutic exercise

Therapeutic Exercise

Curtis J.
My podiatrist referred me to Quantum PT for the pain I was having in my ankle. So far, therapy is going great. The exercises help out a lot with the pain. I am really looking forward to seeing the outcome down the road when I finish with all my visits. I truly believe the results will be great. I would recommend this office to anyone looking to feel better and get rid of any pain they have. The atmosphere is nice, the therapist is great, and everyone provides a lot of help.
Leah H.
I was having pain in my neck and numbness in my arm before I came to the office. I had even lost mobility in one of my fingers. My doctor recommended I do physical therapy to help alleviate my symptoms. I’ve just started, but I have noticed some differences already! The exercises have really helped with the tension I am feeling. I am starting to see some real improvements. This is a great office for anyone looking to do physical therapy. It’s convenient and the staff is super friendly. I’ve been treated very respectfully and the therapists show they care about my improvement.

When you say the words “physical therapy” most people automatically assume you have had surgery. Yet physical therapy goes beyond post-surgical care restoring strength, endurance, flexibility and stability to people who have been injured, are in pain, or have experienced an illness. Through therapeutic exercise, it is possible to have your function restored and live a life that is pain-free. Contact us to schedule your consultation and find out how we can relieve your pain.

What is therapeutic exercise?

The goal of any exercise program is to leave you feeling healthier and stronger than when you began. Therapeutic exercise has similar goals but incorporates a wide range of activities that help you regain or maintain your strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, or stability. Whether you have been injured, experienced an illness, or are simply noticing you are losing your physical abilities, therapeutic exercise can prevent impairment and disability while improving your overall fitness. Typically performed as a part of a physical therapy treatment plan, this type of exercise is prescribed by a physical therapist.

People have more power than they think to shape their own health destinies.  The secret is exercise. Whether people realize it or not everyone can do some form of exercise.  You don’t need to take mega doses of this to get the benefits. A little bit goes a long way. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends about 150 minutes of exercise per week, which comes out to be 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.  Exercise helps the body fight against disease, sharpens your brain, improves your emotions, and keeps you looking younger longer. From the special edition of Time magazine, “The New Science of Exercise”, doctors, researchers, scientists, and even ancient philosophers have long claimed that exercise works like a miracle drug and now they have found the proof.

Types of Therapeutic Exercises

Each therapeutic exercise is classified by its purpose.

  • Range of Motion – These exercises are aimed at increasing the range of motion in your joints and soft tissues. This may be done through active, passive or assisted stretching activities designed to help your joints move better, without pain.
  • Muscle Performance – Increasing power, endurance, and muscle strength are vital to good balance and stability as well as bone and joint health. Resistance exercises and endurance exercises are designed to increase muscle strength without injury.
  • Posture – Hours spent at desks, bending over keyboards, poor muscle tone, or simple BAD habits can all lead to terrible posture. What you may not realize is that posture has a direct impact on muscle strength, balance and a tendency toward injury. Posture exercises are aimed at correcting poor posture, not just when you exercise, but in your life in general which can alleviate aches and pains.
  • Balance & Coordination – Every time you stand or sit, bones and muscles work in a coordinated manner with one another to help you remain upright. Every time you stand, walk, sit, brush your teeth, cook a meal, or take care of your daily activities, you are testing your coordination between the muscular and skeletal systems in your body. Your ability to care for yourself or your loved ones depends on your ability to control your balance and the coordination of your arms, legs, hands, and feet. That is why balance and coordination exercises are so important, especially after an injury or illness. If you cannot balance, if you lose coordination, you lose the ability to care for yourself.
  • Relaxation – Relaxation is part of therapeutic exercise? You bet! While it is important to work the muscles, joints, and soft tissues in the body, it is also important to help them relax. Pain relieving techniques including heat, cold, electrical stimulation, massage, or trigger point therapy can all help the body relax, improve your sleep, lower your blood pressure, and keep you coming back for more exercise!
  • Area Specific Exercises – It’s easy to think of exercise as something we do with our muscles, but it is also important to help the body’s other systems. In these cases, exercises that target breathing or circulation may be recommended to help speed healing, improve blood flow or lower stress on the body.

How does therapeutic exercise relieve pain?

It may seem counterintuitive to exercise when you are in pain. After all, the last thing you want to do when you are uncomfortable is make yourself more uncomfortable. Yet when you treat pain with medication and rest, you are only allowing the supporting muscles to weaken, causing greater pain and less functionality of the area. A physical therapist is trained to evaluate your body’s function, strength and range of motion as well as your pain levels when you perform basic tasks. They can then create a customized treatment plan, including therapeutic exercise, that can strengthen weak areas, restore function to healing or surgically repaired joints, and reduce your overall pain levels. Not only can you experience a pain-free life, but you can also do so with greater strength and endurance than before. Still curious how physical therapy services and therapeutic exercise can help you? Let us conduct an evaluation and help you get on the road to recovery. We are available at the location of  Dayton, Ohio.