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Exercise Therapy

What is Exercise Therapy?

If you are in physical pain, there must be a way to get rid of the issue. Exercise therapy is a proven method to reduce your physical pain. The therapeutic activities ensure the patients a quick recovery from any disease or health state that disturbs their movement and activity of daily life.

The exercises maintain a state of wellbeing through gait training, neuro-reeducation, and therapeutic activities. It is a systematic execution of planned physical movements and postures that help the patients reduce risk, enhance functionality, prevent impairment, recover health, and improve physical fitness. The therapy focuses on specific muscles or different body parts, to strenuous activities that can return a patient to the peak of physical condition. Professionals perform the therapy with an academic background in exercise science, exercise physiology, or other similar degrees. 

Therapeutic Exercise involves movements to correct impairments, restore muscles, and maintain a healthy physical state. The scientific evidence that demonstrates the beneficial effects of Exercise is undeniable, and the benefits of Exercise wipes off risks in most adults. Exercise programs, including aerobic, resistance, flexibility, and neuromotor training, are indispensable for improving physical fitness and health. The exercises mostly fall into four major groups: strengthening, flexibility, endurance, and balance and coordination exercises. 


Not even half of the population gets enough Exercise, resulting in emotional, mental, and physical disorder. Although everyone knows that it is healthy to be physically fit, it also adds to your physical and psychological well being. Exercise therapy is a type of therapy that leverages regular exercises as a therapeutic method. It is more than a regular exercise regimen that helps to better deal with everyday stress. Professionals recommend therapy to treat a number of problems. Individuals with issues like low self-esteem, negativity, depression, chronic pain, and anxiety can benefit much from this therapy. 

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Exercise therapy improves mental health and physical being. The treatments help patients with alcohol problems, mental ailments, depression, and many other issues. Regular exercises contribute to a healthy mental state.

Yes! Exercise is a great therapy. Research has shown that exercise improves depression, insomnia, anxiety, and other psychological challenges. Therapists commonly recommend the treatment process to their patients to maintain mental and physical health.

Exercise therapy smoothens contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia. The treatment improves ambulation, circulation, respiratory capacity, coordination, and balance. It improves body balance and movement flexibility. 

Background Story of Exercise Therapy

There are three planes of movement - movement in the horizontal plane, frontal plane, and vertical plane. The transverse and horizontal plane divides the body into upper and lower halves, and the movements happen parallel to the ground.

 On the other side, the frontal plane divides side-to-side movements, and lastly, the vertical plane divides the body into the right and left parts. Movements in this plane include forward and backward motions, including nodding the head. 

Starting position is the first posture before further movements during the exercise therapy. The five fundamental starting positions include standing, sitting, lying, and hanging. You can maintain stability and equilibrium in these positions by balancing forces acting upon the body. 

Some important terms associated with exercise therapy include the center of Gravity, the base of support, line of Gravity, kinetics, equilibrium, force, fixation and stabilization, mechanical advantage, lever, and pulley, which you can focus on to understand the nooks and corners of exercise therapy.

Types of Exercise Therapies

Types of Exercise Therapies 

  • Body Mechanics Training 
  • Aerobic and Endurance Conditioning and Reconditioning 
  • Agility Training 
  • Allow for Ambulation 
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Reduce the Rigidity 
  • Development Activities Training 
  • Coordination Exercises 
  • Movement Pattern Training 
  • Perceptual Training 
  • Neuromotor Development Activities Training 
  • Neuromuscular Education and Reeducation 
  • Range of Motion Exercises and Soft Tissue Stretching 
  • Relaxation Exercises 
  • Strength, Power, and Endurance Exercises 

The core purpose of exercise therapy is to achieve a supreme fitness level after the intervention. The treatment contributes to solid muscle strength and endurance. 

How does Exercise Therapy work?

Practicing Exercise is one of the last few things that individuals opt for when they feel stressed out or emotionally toiled; doing it regularly is very effective. Exercise therapy works in a few specific ways,

1. Some therapy exercises need interaction with others. Social interaction, at times, makes people feel better and less anxious. 

2. When people exercise, the brain releases a few essential chemicals: dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin.

The exercise requirement will vary depending on your recovery status and physical limitations. Your therapist might begin with range-of-motion activities and upgrade to restorative exercises as your functional abilities improve. The therapy comes in conjunction with various other types of treatment, including manual therapy, electrical stimulation, or cold or heat therapy. 

What are the Objectives of Exercise Therapy?

The objectives of exercise therapy include, 
  1. Boost the normal range of motion.
  2. Promote activity and reduce the effects of inactivity
  3. Improve the strength of the weak muscles
  4. Free contracted muscle, tendons, and fascia
  5. Better daily activity performance
  6. Improve circulation, coordination, and respiratory capacity 
  7. Lessen rigidity
  8. Enhance balance 
  9. Ensures relaxation
  10. High motor and sensory function
  11. Reduction of medication and hospital visits, and boosts overall health

Why is Exercise Therapy So Important?

Physical pain is exhausting, and it is not something that you can’t ignore. The treatment for physical pain helps reduce chronic pain symptoms, improve quality of life, and maintain mobility. If you are having severe body pain, solutions are there to help you overcome the situation. On a hopeful note, exercise therapies help to regain a better health state and enjoy long-term results.  


Kristin Hallberg

Kristin Hallberg is a Florida board and Swedish health authority certified Physical Therapist. She earned her Physical Therapy license from Uppsala University, Sweden, in 2013. After moving to Florida she also earned her Florida board license in 2016. Kristin has a particular interest in orthopedic and sports medicine. She has 10 years experience of treating a variety of injuries and post surgery recovery for low back, knees, shoulders, neck, hips, and feet.

Previously, Kristin was a track and field athlete and continued with coaching at Uppsala Track and Field High school when injuries stopped her fromcontinuing to pursuit her own journey. During this time she also sought out new experiences and pursuit taking skydiving license and open water diving certificate. She enjoys the outdoors and grew upskiing and hiking. Seeking new adventures has always been a part of her life and relates to the importancefor people to stay active with the lifestyle that makes them happy.

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