Services – Exercise Prescription

What Is The Importance of Exercise Prescription In Physiotherapy?

As part of your physiotherapy session, your physiotherapist will give you some exercises to perform at home to help with your recovery. It is important to perform these exercises throughout the course of your recovery, as you spend most of your time outside the clinic. Scientific literature shows that the more involved a patient is in their rehabilitation process the better the outcome.

A therapeutic exercise program will help with self-efficacy as well as confidence and the belief that you are in control of your recovery. Many times, when people hear exercise prescription, they think they will be given a group of generic strengthening exercises, but that is farthest from the truth. These therapeutic exercises will consist of motor control exercises, muscle activation exercises, functional strengthening, stretching, neural mobility work or joint mobility exercises.

How Does Exercise Prescription Impact Recovery?

Motor control and muscle activation exercises are a form of exercises where the goal of the program is to target specific muscles that are not working appropriately or at the right time, or are not firing on all cylinders like they should be. This can affect joint stability or strength.

Functional strengthening is exactly how it sounds, performing strength exercises to target certain muscles to work specifically to help you function better throughout your day, whether it be at work, at home, or in sports. The physiotherapist will break down the biomechanics of movements that are difficult to perform and help re-train or strengthen surrounding muscles to help move more efficiently.

Should I Expect In Exercise Prescription?

Stretching and joint mobility has come a long way since static stretching. Static stretching is a sustained hold of a muscle, such as stretching your quadricep muscles for 30 seconds. Although there is still value in this form of stretching, there are many new forms of stretching and mobility work, such as Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and mobilizations-with-movement. These forms of stretching have been shown to increase range of motion quicker than with static stretching. 

Neural mobility is another form of stretching that helps improve blood flow and flexibility of the nervous system. Just like muscles and joints need to stretched to improve range of motion, the same must happen with nerves. Peripheral nerves that course throughout your legs and arms can be stretched through neural stretching techniques to help them regenerate, heal, and improve conductivity of the nerve.

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