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What is exercise therapy in physiotherapy?

Exercise therapy is the use of specific exercises to achieve activation and development of certain muscles in the body.

Generally, in the presence of pain, some muscles will become weak and can even become wasted so re gaining muscle bulk and strength is critical and exercise is the only way to do this.

Benefits of Exercise Therapy

Improving Mobility

By moving your joints during exercise, mobility in the body can be maintained or improved. 

As a contrast to this, bed rest or not moving your joints for any reason, for example being a plaster cast, makes your joints very stiff and painful.

Enhancing Muscle Strength

Muscle can only be developed by contracting the muscle itself. 

Research into strength and conditioning shows us that gradual progressive overload of a muscle is required for this muscle to gain strength. 

Overload means giving the muscle a load that is slightly too hard for it. As the muscle has to work hard, it triggers a reflex to move protein from our diet into the muscle and allow more muscle growth.  

Pain Management

Becoming strong allows us to support our joints and this can lead to reduce pain. 

For example, recent research into osteoarthritis of the knee has shown us that strengthening the knee, hip and trunk muscles causes a reduction in knee joint pain. 

We clinically see examples of this all over the different joints of the body.

Conditions Treated with Exercise Therapy

  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee and hip
  • Recurrent ankle sprain
  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Rotator cuff injuries of the shoulder
  • Thoracic and rib pain
  • Pelvic floor issues
  • Tendon pain such as tennis elbow, bursitis of the hip and achilles pain
  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee and hip
  • Recurrent ankle sprain
  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Rotator cuff injuries of the shoulder
  • Thoracic and rib pain
  • Pelvic floor issues
  • Tendon pain such as tennis elbow, bursitis of the hip and achilles pain

Our Exercise Therapy Approach

Tailored Exercise Plans

The exercises we provide for you are the very best evidence-based exercises that will get you moving sooner. We will give you only the ones you need, and not a whole sheet of 20 things to do. 

We understand our clients lead busy lives, and so we’ll aim to fill in any “strength holes” you have with targeted, bespoke exercises, especially for you. 

As you improve, we’ll also review your exercise program and ensure it is challenging you, your brain and your muscles to keep you improving.

Enhancing Muscle Strength

We have a full-strength gym at our Newtown clinic, to take you through your exercises in a safe, supervised way.

This allows you to try loading up with your physio guiding you.

We also have an open Yoga/Pilates space with mirrors so you and your therapist can watch your movements and ensure they are optimal. 

Each of our treatment rooms also has mirrors, and we routinely demonstrate and check your exercises in our private treatment rooms as well.

In order to see your deeper core muscles working (or not), we have in-house ultrasound imaging equipment that allows us to identify whether your deeper core muscles are firing optimally or not. 

Please ask your therapist for more details.

Book Your Appointment Online!

If you want guidance with your exercises, book online now and we will assess you and figure out a plan to get you moving better and feeling better sooner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Exercise therapy is one type of physical therapy and is used in conjunction with manual joint therapy, soft tissue techniques and education to get you moving better and feeling better.

Everyone can benefit from exercise! Exercise therapy helps individuals of all ages and fitness level improve health, manage pain, and enhance physical function. At Active Physiotherapy, our tailored approach ensures you can achieve your health goals efficiently and effectively.

No – just book an appointment online appointment and one of our expert practitioners will see you.

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