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Therapeutic and Functional Exercise

Therapeutic and functional exercise refers to a wide array of physical activities that focus on restoring and improving strength, balance, mobility, muscular endurance, and stability. The goal of functional and therapeutic exercise is to take an identified area of limitation or injury and restore it to optimal function.

Physical Therapists perform a comprehensive evaluation and physical examination to find areas of limitation within the body and create a treatment plan consisting of progressive therapeutic and functional exercises.

Therapeutic and functional exercises may include:

  • Range of motion exercises and soft tissue stretching
  • Strength, power, and endurance exercises
  • Aerobic and endurance conditioning and reconditioning
  • Agility drills
  • Lifting and body mechanics training
  • Balance and neuromotor training
  • Movement pattern training
  • Neuromuscular education or reeducation
  • Sport/activity specific Training
  • Postural education

Your therapist will work with you to determine the proper frequency and intensity of exercises best suited to your symptoms. Incorporating therapeutic and functional exercises to a Physical Therapy regiment can aid in resolution of an injury and prevent reoccurrence.

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