Therapeutic exercise encompasses a broad range of physical activities, from “range of motion” and breathing exercises to high-speed agility drills. These are designed to restore or improve musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary (heart and lungs) and/or neurologic function.
The goals of therapeutic exercise include:
- Release of contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia
- Mobilization of joints
- Improvement of circulation
- Improvement of respiratory capacity
- Improvement of coordination
- Reduction of rigidity
- Improvement of balance
- Improved muscle strength
- Improved exercise performance and endurance
In addition to the use of traditional exercises which utilize bands, weights, tubing, etc. to gain mobility and strength, other common techniques we use are:
- Resistance exercises
- Weight training
- Endurance training
- Core strengthening
- Neurological techniques
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
PneuBack Chair™ – works on the principal that by strengthening the small muscles along the spine we can correct acute and chronic back problems, improve posture, relieve chronic pain, correct underlying issues and provide long-term solutions to avoid recurrence.
PneuMex Unweighting System – supports the body to facilitate walking and other therapeutic activities while in a functional, upright position. This improves balance and posture.
PneuMex ProVibe™ Vibration Platform – a unique piece of equipment used to enhance the effectiveness of exercise. The benefits of whole body vibration include:
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility
- Better range of motion
- Better core conditioning and stability
- Faster recovery and regeneration
- Increased metabolism, blood circulation and bone mineral density
Due to its many benefits, whole body vibration has quickly gained acceptance and is now being utilized by professional and university sports teams as well as medical facilities focusing on rehabilitation and physical fitness.
A Personalized Approach
Patients are typically progressed through a series of exercises of increasing difficulty. As a patient’s pain levels decrease, the level of difficulty of the exercise program usually increases. In the final phase of treatment (maintenance), depending on a patient’s goals, strength training is the focus. This can range from core strengthening to weight training for increased strength, or to speed training for increased athletic performance. The program is completely tailored to each patient.