Exercise Therapy

exerciseExercise is a key component of injury recovery, prevention and overall health. Some of the benefits of exercise as it pertains to treatment of injury or dysfunction, include:

  1. Restores strength, endurance, and bulk to detrained muscle groups. This is the fundamental basis of returning to prior functional capacity.
  2. Increased blood flow to injured tissues to quicken the healing process.
  3. Prevent formation of abnormal scar tissue and adhesions with muscle contraction and joint motion, and reduce those that may have already formed.
  4. Areas of the body that haven’t been moving properly due to splinting, casting or altered biomechanics, or pain in an area can be re-trained to move through a more complete range of motion to prevent future compensation or pain.
  5. Restore aerobic capacity to preinjury levels if the patient’s job or normal activities demand it. There are also some studies that show aerobic exercise alone has a significant effect of reducing low back pain.
  6. Restore confidence that normal tasks can be performed and use the injured region in a normal manner. This can result in a return to normal activities quicker.
  7. Exercise releases endorphins- our natural pain killers, and other natural substances that can alter perception of pain.

Individualized exercise recommendations may consist of a combination of stretching, strengthening, balance and cardiovascular conditioning.