Therapies

Exercise Therapy

Allied health care

Exercise therapy is a therapeutic method, aimed at treating and preventing symptoms due to an incorrect posture and movement pattern, whether or not caused by a particular defect or disease.


Description

During the treatment, posture improvement and good quality of movement are central. There will be looked at what the patient does in daily life, so that the posture is also practically usable. There is little or no use of equipment, so the patient is able to keep his symptoms under control by himself. The patient becomes self-reliant, which has the great advantage that there are less recurring symptoms.

There are two methods for exercise therapy: Cesar and Mensendieck. A difference between both methods is that the Cesar therapist demonstrates the exercises and the Mensendieck therapist, on the other hand, suffices with an oral instruction. In addition, Cesar exercise therapy offers more dynamic exercises, such as swing exercises with the arms.


Indication

Exercise therapy offers help in case of back and neck problems, joint pain (pelvis, knee-ankle-foot, arm-shoulder-wrist), symptoms of chronic diseases of the posture and musculoskeletal system, postural defects, headache, stress and incontinence.


Application

Exercise therapy is a form of therapy, in which the patient mainly independently and actively deals with the symptoms. The patient gets a personal interview and a physical examination in order to be able to make the right diagnosis. Then the therapist draws up a personal treatment plan for the patient, based on his or her physical and mental condition and social circumstances. The patient will also learn relaxation and breathing exercises and get tips for at home.


Effect

The goal of exercise therapy is to let the symptoms disappear, reduce and/or prevent them, based on one’s own movement capabilities. The situation of the patient and his or her daily activities are also taken into account.


Considerations


Facts


Synonyms

Practice Therapy, Remedial Therapy


See also

Headache

Low Back Pain

Neck Pain

Stress

Massage

Physical Therapy

Relaxation

Respiratory Therapy

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