What Are The Various Types of Physical Therapy Exercises?
Depending on the nature of your conditions, goals and needs, your physiotherapist may show you how to perform various physical therapy exercises as part of your treatment plan. Here are the most common types of Physiotherapy exercises:
Range of Motion Exercises
Range of motion (ROM) exercises allows you to move your joints to prevent stiffness. Also, ROM exercises are performed as a piece of a warm-up exercise schedule.
Muscle Strengthening Exercises
There are numerous exercises that your personal physiotherapist can help you perform to strengthen and reinforce your muscles. Regardless of the level of your strength this specialist can offer assistance. For instance, if you feel weak in a particular muscle, your Physical Therapist will train you to perform exercises against gravity. As the quality of your muscle builds, your PT can help you expand resistance by allowing you to use weights and elastic bands.
The purpose of balance exercises is to help people with issues related to balance, such as stroke or individuals who have muscle weaknesses. These exercises are also very helpful at preventing falls, which is prevalent among older adults.
Your physical therapist can also teach your how to perform balance exercises on parallel bars but this largely depends on your level of balance. He or she may then suggest doing exercises without the bars as soon as you are able to perform the exercises without their help. At this stage, you may proceed to more complex movements such as heel-to-toe walking and standing on one foot.
Endurance exercises help improve your heart rate and breathing thus boosting the health of your heart and lungs. Additionally, performing endurance exercises helps improve your general wellness.
Flexibility exercises work to improve your body to become more limber and flexible. Your physiotherapist can train you to perform flexibility exercises all by yourself. You can perform these exercises from the comfort of your home.
Examples of flexibility exercises may include:
- Hamstring stretching exercises
- Shoulder stretching exercises
The primary objective of physical therapy rehabilitation is for you to attain independent walking. Your specialist will assess your level of walking independence. Depending on the nature of your problem, your physical therapist may train you to perform ambulation exercises using walking aids such as a walker, a cane or crutches.
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