What is therapeutic exercise?
Therapeutic exercise includes several activities that help build your strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. The difference between therapeutic exercise and normal exercise is therapeutic exercises are customized to your needs to correct specific issues. Your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination of your physical condition and medical history to determine which therapeutic exercises are right for you.
The main types of therapeutic exercise include:
- Strength exercises — Repetition of exercises with weight resistance help improve your strength.
- Flexibility exercises — This includes stretches and movements that improve the flexibility of your muscles and tendons.
- Balance exercises — Balance exercises help you locate your center of gravity in different situations for improved physical performance and safety.
- Posture exercises — Poor posture is often the culprit for pain. Some exercises can help correct your posture.
Who needs therapeutic exercise?
Anyone with chronic pain or an injury can benefit from some form of therapeutic exercise. Your chiropractor will identify which techniques are best for you according to the nature of your condition and your general health and fitness levels.
You may need therapeutic exercise for:
- An athletic injury — Athletic injuries can be severe due to the competitive nature of sports. Therapeutic exercise can help improve the speed and quality of an athlete’s recovery.
- Chronic pain — Therapeutic exercises can treat chronic pain by strengthening and stretching the muscles that support the body. This helps reduce pressure off the nerves and other parts of your body.
- Recovering from a stroke — A stroke can affect your ability to move and perform many activities on your own. Therapeutic exercises can help retrain your body to regain your independence.
- Managing heart and lung health — Therapeutic exercise can include cardiovascular exercises to help improve your heart and lung health. This is especially important for people with heart or lung disease.