Therapeutic exercise is paramount of any rehabilitation program and should be included as part of the concurrent care of any patient.
Every year more research shows high-level evidence that therapeutic exercise has been beneficial for patients across broad areas of physiotherapy practice. In this research, therapeutic exercise has been more likely to be a more effective program when individualized than standardized.
Therapeutic exercise has demonstrated to:
- decrease pain;
- restore function;
- improve balance and proprioception;
- increase range of motion and strength.
Also, it has a preventive effect, promoting health, wellness, and fitness.
Furthermore, performing exercises seems to induce analgesia through the (CPM) Conditioned Pain Modulation theory. The execution of exercises through pain may activate descending inhibitory pathways resulting in subsequent pain relief.
It seems to provoke reduced pain facilitation and more pain inhibition (pain inhibits pain).
Also, exercise is a powerful tool to stimulate several brain processes.
There is a strong relationship between physical activity and mood – the available evidence supports the value of exercise in reducing depressive symptoms.
The therapeutic exercise consists of a variety of exercises inclusive of balance, strengthening, range of motion, endurance, and plyometric activities.
At 5 STAR CLINIC, we take care to combine manual therapy and therapeutic exercises, delivering a Home Exercise Program to help the resolution of the condition.
Smidt N. et al.(2005)Effectiveness of exercise therapy: A best-evidence summary of systematic reviews. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy Volume 51, Issue 2, 2005, Pages 71-85
Stolzman S.,Bement M.H., Does Exercise Decrease Pain Via Conditioned Pain Modulation in Adolescents?
Jigami H.et al. (2012). Effects of weekly and fortnightly therapeutic exercise on physical function and health-related quality of life in individuals with hip osteoarthritis. Journal of Orthopaedic Science, 17(6), 737–744.
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