Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic Exercise is a combination of active and passive exercise to restore and improve the client’s musculoskeletal health.
Range of motion, stretching and resistance exercises is used during treatment and as self care.

Range of motion is a motion occurs in planes of flexion, extension, abduction, adduction and internal and external rotation.
Body parts are moved by the therapist passively, by the client actively or by the force of gravity.
The joints are moved through their range without pain.

Stretching lengthens soft tissue. It is preformed in a slow, gentle and sustained manner.
The force is sufficient to stretch the tissues without causing pain. This is held for 15 to 30 seconds.
The tension in the muscle should gradually decrease during this time.
Once this occurs the muscle is taken a little farther into the stretch, again, without causing pain. It is then gradually released.
This is repeated several times.

Resistance Exercise is any form of active exercise in which the client’s muscular contraction is resisted by an outside force.
The contraction can be static (no joint movement) or dynamic (joint movement).
Over time, resistance applied to a contracting muscle will increase its strength, endurance and overall physical function.