1- Exercise Therapy Improves healing
When we experience pain and injury, the nervous system cleverly tries to protect the affected area by reorganizing the way we move . Depending on the duration of the injury, we may experience muscle wastage, movement and strength losses . Such changes can cause long-term disability and discomfort. Functional exercise therapy not only promotes tissue repair, it also preserves and improves strength, function and muscle mass.
2- Reduces pain and protects you
Many people prefer passive treatments (treatment that doesn’t involve effort from the patient) for their aches and pains, which may help to treat the symptoms but will not increase the body’s resilience against future physical challenges.
Therapeutic exercise effectively resolves pain and protects the body against the rigours of daily activity, which also reduces the potential of re- injury. Being passively manipulated and stretched may provide brief comfort, but independent movement is the best way to manipulate and protect your joints long-term.
3- Clinically recommended for osteoarthritis and low back pain
In common conditions such as osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain, therapeutic exercise is regarded as the most important conservative treatment for managing and reducing pain and disability.
Exercise therapy not only reduces the stiffness and pain associated with degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, but also helps to tone, stretch and strengthen the muscles around the affected joints, which gradually become stiffer and weaker.
If you’re suffering from arthritis or recurrent back pain, gentle exercise therapy is an essential treatment for maintaining and improving your functional capacity, independence and quality of life.
4- Treats the cause, not just the symptoms.
Many people develop a lack of confidence in their body when in pain. The fear of causing harm and more discomfort commonly leads to an avoidance of movement and feelings of helplessness. Unfortunately, many believe that their aches and pains are beyond their control, and subsequently spend lots of time and money searching for a panacea treatment.
Functional exercise therapy empowers participants with the confidence and experience to effectively modify and resolve aches and pains without spending lots of money on treatments that only provide transient pain relief.
5- Combats stress associated with ongoing discomfort.
A significant percentage of the aches and pains that I encounter as an osteopath are a result of accumulated stress and lack of movement. If you have a sedentary or stressful lifestyle, and suffer from recurrent discomfort, exercise therapy provides a number of very important health benefits.
Recurrent stress contributes to aches and pains via a number of factors including the inability to control inflammation. The physiological response to stress prepares the body for physical activity (fight or flight), and without an adequate response, repeated bouts of stress can lead to a number of conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and cognitive disturbances.
The bodily responses caused by stress prepare us for physical activity, therefore tailored exercise therapy is the perfect treatment to not only reduce pain but also the effects of stress.
If you want treatment that helps you become stronger, fitter, happier and pain free, contact me now to see how I can help.