Exercise Therapy at Elite Bodyworks
Exercise therapy is a broad category of treatment. Your Physical Therapist will use strengthening, stretching, and neuromuscular reeducation to help you move more effectively and help eliminate pain.
Muscles often become weak in response to injury or overuse, and a weakened muscle can lead to abnormal or compensated movement patterns. Once a weakness or compensation is identified, targeted strengthening can be incorporated to address the affected area and ultimately help you move better.
Carol has extensive experience prescribing exercise programs to clients of all levels of function and abilities. Whether incorporating the fantastic facilities at Vitality or performing your exercises at home, your body will benefit and become stronger.
Similarly, an injured muscle may become tight and painful. Your therapist may incorporate manual techniques to address tightness, such as manual therapy or dry needling. These techniques are reinforced with stretching exercises and self-myofascial release activities you can perform on your own.
It’s important to note that only a thorough evaluation of your movement can determine if a muscle is tight or weak. Many times a muscle that feels tight may actually be weak and need to be strengthened. A professional evaluation by your Physical Therapist can help determine the root cause of your issues.
Neuromuscular reeducation is another broad term that can incorporate work on posture, balance, and stability, to name a few. It is a specialized form of exercise focusing on the neuromuscular system, which may include core strengthening, single-leg standing activities, or upper-body weight-bearing activities.
It’s important to note that the above activities are rarely performed in isolation. A typical exercise program will incorporate all the above exercises to help maximize your recovery and functional improvement.