At Champions Clinic of Physical Medicine & Rehab in Wichita Falls, TX, we believe in supporting your body's ability to heal itself. We treat a wide range of conditions to help you perform at your best. One aspect of our treatment for many patients is therapeutic exercises.
What Is Therapeutic Exercise?
Therapeutic exercise is defined as movement designed to correct a problem, improve musculoskeletal function, or maintain well-being. Therapeutic exercise applies to both specific movements or exercises and general physical activities like sports or walking.
Therapeutic exercise can have many goals, including:
- Pain relief
- Increased mobility
- Releasing tight muscles and joints
- Increasing strength
- Increasing endurance and athletic performance
Benefits of Therapeutic Exercise
Therapeutic exercise has a wide range of benefits. These include increased metabolism, better respiratory function, and improved cardiac health. As a type of chiropractic care, it's often used to improve function and reduce pain. It can also be used to strengthen weak or at-risk areas before pain occurs.
How It Helps
Exercising the joints helps improve the removal of toxins and bringing vital nutrients to the joint, which can aid in repair or help keep the joint healthy. Blood flow is essential for healthy joints and muscles, and it is increased with movement. It also improves joint stability by strengthening the muscles surrounding the joint. The muscles are broken down and repaired stronger than before.
Types of Exercise
Strengthening exercises are designed to increase strength. This often includes resistance training, including the use of hand weights and your own body weight. These exercises are important for reducing pain, increasing stability, and improving function. Strengthening exercises improve stability and can reduce the risk of injury.
Endurance exercises increase endurance. Endurance is important to functioning properly. If you have had limited physical activity for a long period of time, enjoy participating in sports, or experience chronic back pain, endurance training is particularly important.
Flexibility exercises increase flexibility. This is important if you are experiencing a reduced range of motion, pain or stiffness in your joints, or tight muscles. Flexibility also helps reduce the risk of injury.
Plyometric exercises, also known as jump training, can increase power. Power is a combination of strength and speed. It's popular with athletes, but it can be beneficial for anyone who wants to increase their physical fitness. It's particularly helpful for those who are attempting to return to normal activities after an injury.
Care at Champions Clinic of Physical Medicine and Rehab
If you are interested in therapeutic exercises to improve strength, flexibility, endurance, or recover from an injury, make an appointment with our chiropractor. At Champions Clinic of Physical Medicine and Rehab in Wichita Falls, TX, we will design an exercise program along with other treatments to give you the best results possible.