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Physical Therapy and Exercise

The benefits of physical therapy for any type of injury, pain, or movement difficulties are many. A physical therapist uses research-based methods to assist people of all ages with proper mobility. The physical therapist is trained to take a look at a variety of ailments and decide on the proper method of treatment.

One method of treatment that this professional may use is exercise. The therapist is able to establish an individualized exercise program for his patient after evaluating the client’s individual movement, body type, capabilities, and his activity level. Once the physical therapist studies these characteristics of his patient, he will be able to create the perfect exercise program.

There is a wide variety of methods to help treat and improve musculoskeletal conditions. Some methods focus on strengthening the muscles and others are used to help the muscles heal. Exercise that many physical therapist use include: aquatic therapy, muscular rehabilitation, aerobic and cardiovascular conditioning, exercises for the back and shoulder areas, therapeutic training for increasing balance and posture, exercises and movements to help the soft tissues and joints, and many more.

While focusing on the problem area (or areas), the physical therapist will guide the patient through different forms of exercise and strengthening, at first starting out very slowly and then increasing the amount of repetitions. In order for the patient to see the results of the exercise program in terms of healing and well-being he must be properly taught how to eventually do the exercise routines at home.

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