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We all know that your physiotherapist is an expert in the prescription of exercise appropriate to you and your injury or fitness level.

As a part of their physiotherapy training, your physiotherapist not only is educated in injury diagnosis but also in exercise physiology or the science of exercise. This enables your physiotherapist to not only assess and diagnose your injury but also to prescribe injury, fitness or age-appropriate exercises targeted to you at that point in time.

What Exercises Should You Do?

It is important that your exercises should not be painful. While some personal trainers believe that the more painful the better, this is not the best for your body or injury. 

In fact, research does inform us that pain inhibits muscles from performing to their optimum. This argues the case that painful exercise is actually counter-productive.

You'll find that your physiotherapist will thoroughly examine you and prescribe a series of exercises suitable for you in quantities that will not injure you further. Please seek an exercise expert, such as your physiotherapist, when you are planning your rehabilitation.

What Happens When You Stop Exercises?

Without some simple exercises, we know that certain muscles can become weak. When these supporting muscles are weak, your injured structures are inadequately supported and predispose you to lingering symptoms or further injury. You can also over-activate adjacent muscles that may lead to further injury.

It is also important to understand that even if you are "in good shape," you may have important but weak localised or stability muscles. When you have an injury, you should perform specific exercises that specifically strengthen the muscles around your injury and the adjacent joints. Your physiotherapist will assess your muscle function and prescribe the right exercises specific for your needs.

The exercises prescribed will usually be relatively simple, and do not require any special weights equipment, and can be performed safely at home.

Would You Stop Your Daily Prescription Drugs?

When your physiotherapist prescribes your individualised dose or exercises, they are using their professional expertise to optimise your exercise dose. 

Would you just stop taking your regular blood pressure medication because you were too busy or didn't think it was working?  I would hope not!

Exercise when prescribed by an expert such as your physiotherapist should be treated as your mandatory dose as prescribed by your physiotherapist. Just like when you don;t take your blood pressure medication, you can't expect the drugs to work of you don't take it as prescribed by your health professional!

So, next time you skip your "exercise dose" just remember that you are not putting your health first.

If you have any questions, please contact your Physio Works physiotherapist for your best care.

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Last updated 18-Mar-2014 04:44 PM

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