Exercise/rehabilitation is increasingly being shown by the research to be one of the most effective methods of removing pain and preventing reoccurrence following an injury or medical condition.
Providing patients with individualised and progressive exercise plans is one of the most crucial skills that physiotherapists possess. It empowers people to help facilitate recovery, manage symptoms and prevent future problems. It is important that you try and complete the exercises you are provided as regularly as possible to help with your recovery. Rehabilitation exercises are not always a quick fix, but if done consistently over weeks and months then they will, in most cases, make a significant difference.
More generally, range of motion and strengthening exercises are important in maintaining function and having longevity throughout life. Increasing research shows resistance training to be one of the keys to maintaining function and independence as we age.
When looking to create a programme your physio will consider a range of factors that include: any current and previous injuries/conditions, what equipment or facilities you have available, your goals and how much time you can commit to your programme. From here, they will recommend a course of exercises that they feel will best suit your needs. It is important, however, that this is a 2-way process and that you discuss any concerns or challenges.
It is vital that whatever is agreed is then completed consistently for you to achieve results and in our experience, this is only possible when we agree together a programme that works for you.
Exercise prescription has been shown to be beneficial by the research for a wide spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions. The sections below highlight some of that research for some of the common conditions we come across. As mentioned already this can be applied to just about any condition we treat and you should discuss what is best for your condition with your specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist.
Specifically, but not limited to older adults, a well-devised resistance training programme has a multitude of benefits including increased muscle strength and power, improved mobility and function, preserved independence and performance with daily activities, enhanced resistance to injury, reduced likelihood of falls and can also benefit psychosocial wellbeing (2).
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