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Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercise can assist you in regaining mobility and function!

Have you noticed that you aren’t as mobile as you once were, and that this is now preventing you from fully experiencing life? Are you looking for a dependable, effective solution? Therapeutic exercise is the answer, and so much more!

Our MSK Health and Performance physiotherapists use therapeutic exercises to correct physical impairments, restore muscular and skeletal function, and maintain or improve your health and well-being. To achieve the best results, we select therapeutic exercises based on your specific needs.

Contact MSK Health and Performance in Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver or Burnaby Metrotown today for more information on how therapeutic exercise can help relieve your pain.

How will I benefit from therapeutic exercise in Vancouver & Burnaby, BC?

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Many people believe that if they are in pain or have an injury, all they need to do is rest for a few days or weeks. Unfortunately, this approach frequently results in a longer recovery time and may make you more vulnerable to worsening your condition or sustaining another injury.

Rest is an ineffective and sometimes dangerous method of dealing with pain. The longer you rest, the weaker your muscles become and the tenser and more restricted they become. Avoiding activity can also impair your overall function and cause you to be slower in reacting to and responding to daily challenges.

The good news is that therapeutic exercise can help you recover faster and improve your overall function and fitness at our physiotherapy clinics in Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver and Burnaby Metrotown. Our physiotherapists are experts in movement and the development of therapeutic exercise programs to improve your strength, range of motion, and overall body function.

The goal of MSK Health and Performance is to help you live a pain-free life with improved physical performance and health!

Allow us to create a personalized recovery plan for you in order to expedite your recovery and achieve peak levels of function.

Common therapeutic exercise programs

Your recovery plan will include a variety of therapeutic exercises that are specifically tailored to your condition and needs. Therapeutic exercises are chosen based on your individual requirements. Each activity’s goal is to address any impairment you may have (i.e., pain, range of motion deficit, weakness, loss of balance, or cardiovascular deficits).

You might come across the following exercises:

Range of motion exercises (passive, active assisted and active):

These exercises are intended to increase joint range of motion as well as soft tissue mobility and flexibility.

Active, passive, or assisted stretching can be used to accomplish this.

  • Active: An active stretch does not involve the use of any outside force or assistance. For example, a standing forward bend to stretch your hamstrings.
  • Active assisted: A stretch in which you assist yourself (or are assisted) in moving a limb into a stretched position. For example, while lying on your back, use a strap to help lift your leg and feel a hamstring stretch.
  • Passive: A stretch that is applied to you with no assistance from you. Usually done by your physiotherapist, registered massage therapist, or chiropractor or at home by a loved one.

These are designed to help your joints and muscles move more freely and without pain.

Progressive resistive exercises (aka strengthening exercises):

These exercises are commonly used in physiotherapy and are intended to help muscles recover after an injury or surgery. These exercises are used to safely and effectively strengthen our muscles.

Strength development begins with the ability to move against gravity and progresses to heavy lifting, such as Olympic weightlifting techniques. Basically, any type of resistance (i.e., bands, dumbbells, barbells, machines, or other weights).

Changes in gravity’s influence (i.e., lying vs. standing), speed, repetitions, or sets are all examples of progressions. The bottom line is to keep progressing by introducing new challenges to the exercise.

Balance training:

Balance refers to your ability to evenly distribute your weight and remain upright and steady in a static position (i.e., sitting, standing, kneeling, etc.) or while moving (i.e., transferring positions, walking, running, etc.).

Every activity puts your nervous and musculoskeletal systems to the test. Maintaining your balance is essential when getting up, walking, standing still, brushing your teeth, or preparing a meal. You lose control of your body and risk injuring yourself if you lose your balance.

Balance exercises are essential for your health, especially after an injury or illness, and are an important component of your overall ability to function.

Aerobic conditioning:

Aerobic means “with oxygen.” Breathing controls the amount of oxygen that can make it to the muscles to help them burn fuel and move. Aerobic exercise is any type of cardiovascular conditioning or “cardio” workout. Aerobic conditioning exercises are designed to increase your heart rate and increase the oxygen in your blood to allow us to keep exercising.

Therapeutic exercises that help improve your aerobic condition can be any exercise that gets your heart rate up and sustains it. The most common aerobic exercises include activities like: Brisk walking, Hiking, Running, Swimming, Cycling, Fitness classes (i.e., step aerobics, Zumba, circuit training), HIIT (i.e., high-intensity interval training), Rock climbing, Cross country skiing

Aerobic exercise is a low to high intensity therapeutic exercise that is primarily determined by the individual’s needs and tolerance to exercise. Our physiotherapists will design the best type of aerobic exercise for you.

Say goodbye to your limitations with therapeutic exercise!

Are you ready to live a pain-free and more functional life? Our physiotherapists at MSK Health and Performance in Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver and Burnaby Metrotown will design highly effective programs using therapeutic exercise to help you achieve your physical goals!

It’s time to start living your dream life; contact us today!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Book An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life!

GET BETTER, FASTER SO YOU CAN RETURN TO THE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE. GET STARTED TODAY!