Certain rehabilitative movements are often prescribed as part of a treatment plan to help support the joints and muscles. These exercises play a crucial role in the body’s healing process and help the patient to regain function. There are many reasons a provider may suggest physiotherapeutic exercise to support the treatment conducted in the office. The provider will often identify tight muscles in addition to those weakened or inhibited. This relationship causes an imbalance in the body and changes the way the body is positioned at rest and with movement. During our thorough evaluation we may discover a forward hunched upper back posture caused by the imbalance of tightened pectoralis major (chest) muscles and weakened lower trapezii (muscle between your scapulae) muscles. With this example, we will then seek to stretch the pectoralis major muscles and strengthen the lower trapezii muscles to correct postural imbalances that may be contributing to your pain and discomfort.
Our providers expect the patient to be a primary player in the healing process. In order to recruit the patient, we assign specific exercises that will help correct biomechanical problems defined above as well as with our posture page. The treatments provided in the office often provide more immediate relief, but the physiotherapeutic exercises performed at home will help create a sustained durable benefit and keep you pain-free.