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DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE Physical therapists are adept at diagnosing the root problem of a person’s functional problem. Rather than looking at the symptoms (pain, discomfort, stiffness), these professionals look at what is causing the symptoms. As a result, physical therapists perform the type, frequency and duration of therapy based on goals beyond the superficial symptom. For instance, someone who comes to a physical therapist with pain in their knee may begin therapy with goals to strengthen the muscles in their leg, reduce their weight, and improve their posture. Exercises that are targeted at improving mobility, function or strength in a particular part of the body are called therapeutic exercises. This key component to rehabilitation is the crux to any physical therapy program. In fact, the American Physical Therapy Association has said that physical therapy is not physical therapy without some form of therapeutic exercise. The goal of any exercise of this type is to restore movement, improve strength and function, and promote overall wellness. Specific exercises may be prescribed to restore strength, endurance or range of motion. Additionally, therapeutic exercise may address balance,
pain, or proprioception (the sense of how much effort is being used in movement). While many physicians believe in the power of exercise to restore function, physical therapy adds a level of supervision that makes therapeutic exercise more effective. MANUAL THERAPY Manual therapy is a specialized physical therapy treatment that allows certified physical therapists to manipulate joints and soft tissue with nothing more than their hands. Manual therapy can consist of massage, manual traction, and joint mobilization and manipulation. This natural form of therapy is non-invasive and completely safe–ideal for increasing your range of motion, decreasing swelling and relieving pain in the joints. Our physical therapists are highly trained in this treatment. PHYSICAL THERAPY MODALITIES While therapeutic exercise is the crux of physical therapy, it is by no means the only technique. Physical therapy modalities, or complementary therapies, are used to relieve pain, improve movement and aid in the healing process.
EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Perform This Exercise To Improve Core Strength
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DEAD BUG Life flat on your back, then raise your arms straight in front of you, then raise your knees up as shown. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat 3 times.
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