Therapeutic exercises, sometimes referred to as corrective exercises, are specific exercises meant for correcting specific problems. Depending the matter of your concern, your chiropractor may give you a list of exercises to perform to reduce discomfort. The focus of therapeutic exercise is to regain flexibility, strength, and endurance related to specific physical problems. Therapeutic exercise aims to improve, restore, and prevent loss of physical function. It can also improve a patient’s overall health, fitness, and sense of well-being.
Some of the objectives of therapeutic exercise include:
- Restoring the proper mobility of the spine
- Releasing contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia
- Mobilizing joints
- Improving circulation
- Improving respiratory capacity
- Improving coordination
- Reducing rigidity
- Improving balance
Many times your therapeutic exercises will be guided by the injury (like whiplash) or the phase of a condition (such a prenatal or post partum rehabilitation). In our office we use the "joint by joint" model to help teach our patients about proper movement patterns. In some cases your therapeutic exercise program may be guided by an initial battery of tests to evaluate your capabilities such as the Functional Movement Screening (FMS). No matter what type of exercise is prescribed to remedy a patient’s specific condition, the final goal of rehabilitation is to acquire a maximum level of function and physical fitness, without the use of more invasive methods. Therapeutic exercise should also be performed at home, and gives you the power to improve your quality of life. We frequently follow up your appointments by sending your custom program of exercises in both a printed and video format for convenience, and at no extra charge.