What is Exercise Therapy?
Exercise therapy is a regimen or plan of physical activities and movement patterns designed and prescribed to achieve specific therapeutic goals. It can take many different forms. For some people, it may be moving more and sitting less, for others it may mean relearning how to move correctly, or maybe it involves engaging in cycling, or a series of exercises to recover from an injury or condition. The purpose of exercise therapy is to help you work towards the restoration of normal muscle and skeletal function, or to reduce pain caused by diseases or injuries. Through correction of movement patterns, implementation of corrective exercises, and therapeutic activities, movement is used as the tool to heal, restore, and improve health and well-being.
How Can Exercise Therapy Help You?
From injuries and medical conditions to joint replacements and post-surgical recovery, Fit to Function Kinesiology specializes in helping you move through your nagging pain and limited function by providing:
- Treatment to address and manage pain, and initiate recovery
- Movement training to correct faulty movement patterns
- Education about your injury or condition and tools to manage and prevent future setbacks
- Exercise-based solutions to recover movement and help you transform back to life!
Trained in the principles of rehabilitation, how pain works, and the role exercise plays in body repair, expertise will be employed to provide you with complete support throughout the rehabilitation process. Whether your goal is to return to job demands, perform daily activities or to return to a sport, the key is to implement small steps to recovery to ensure success. By using the precise and innovative science of Kinesiology, you will have guidance to get strong, and work through progressive conditioning to the point where you can perform the tasks of life that your injury or condition has prevented you from doing.
What Are The Benefits of Exercise Therapy?
There are many. Participating in exercise therapy can allow you to:
- Increase your level of function and independence
- Reduce medication use
- Be empowered with tools to maximize your recovery while minimizing pain
- Be educated on how to prevent re-injury
- Understand how to perform appropriate exercises safely and progressively
- Improve your range of motion, strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness
- Increase your tolerance for land-based weight-bearing
- Implement proper movement patterns
- Develop your body awareness, balance, and trunk stability
- Simulate task-specific conditioning to recover function
- Optimize your energy, stamina and strength for functional tasks
- Improve you overall health!
What Can You Expect?
Your journey to recovery is a process that can be simplified into four steps.
1. Start with an assessment. To begin your journey, a comprehensive musculoskeletal clinical assessment will be completed, which includes a complete health history and movement analysis, to address your injury or condition.
2. Build a plan. The results of your assessment will be used to construct a treatment approach using one or a combination of movement modalities. This process will not only address the location of your injury or specifics of your condition, it will act as a tool to correct poor movement patterns that have developed through response to pain, with muscular relationships, that contributed to your injury or condition in the first place. By implementing evidence-based principles, a treatment approach and program will be developed and tailored to your individual rehabilitation needs.
3. Get started. Exercise and movement prescription recommendations are built in a progressive way to retrain your brain to re-connect with healthy movement, body awareness and lifestyle demands that matter most to you. You'll start with small, focused exercises to stimulate the nervous system and re-connect you to your body. Then when you are ready, exercises will be included that are more functional and demanding over time. A variety of equipment, techniques and activities, specific to your individual injury or condition and stage of recovery, are employed to assist you with returning to work, play, recreation and daily life.
4. Move to Independence. The goal is always to achieve long-term solutions that you can eventually execute independently. By looking at your body as a whole, you will move toward a long lasting fix that is supported by strength and proper movement. Thus, you will be empowered with the tools and education necessary to manage, and relieve your pain, to allow efficient healing, and restore function, quality of life and independence.