Functional (Therapeutic) Activity and Sport-Specific Exercises
These are the “fun things” patient’s talk about during their course of physical therapy. Pain is near or fully resolved and phases three and four of rehab are the main focus. The phases of rehab are explained in our eBook: 4 Phases of Recovery: Your Journey Through Physical Therapy. Click the below link to download your FREE PDF today.The 4 Phases of Recovery: Your Journey Through Physical Therapy
Functional exercises and sport-specific exercises take into consideration each patients’ unique goals. Whether it’s to get back to work as a longshoreman. Or tolerate being on their feet all day in the warehouse pushing, pulling and lifting boxes. Or preparing for returning to the soccer pitch after surgery, getting back to running and training for the Portland Marathon, or back on mound throwing pitches.
This is where a physical therapist’s true expertise as movement experts comes into play. Having a thorough understanding of how the entire body is interdependent and developing rehab exercises to create a strong, stretched and stable foundation using specific exercises to isolate weakness and imbalance and fix them.
- A baseball pitcher who sustains a labral injury to their throwing shoulder has a high probability, based on research findings, of hip weakness in the lateral hip stabilizer (gluteus medius muscle) on the opposite leg – the lead leg that the body follows through on in the later half of pitching mechanics.
- A runner with chronic achille’s insertion tendon pain at the ankle almost predictably lacks full extension range of motion of the hip on the same side as well as stiffness in the big toe. These two mobility deficits together cause overload of the ankle and increased demand on the achille’s tendon.
So let’s put the FUN back in FUNctional with activity and sport specific exercises! Call Rose City Physical Therapy today. We are conveniently located in NW Portland adjacent to The Pearl District in the heart of Slabtown.
Finding Pain Relief with Therapeutic Exercise
There is a common misconception that one needs to rest when in pain. This in fact is not the case and can actually cause your muscles to weaken during the healing process. And if you are dealing with a tendon injury, rest is the last thing to do as tendons turn to mush when rested. A tendon that is painful and injured in fact needs an appropriately applied load to it; even if it’s light gentle isometrics early on. This load stimulates tenocyte (tendon cell) synthesis and tendon remodeling for healing.
Our physical therapist will design an individualized treatment plan for you equipped with the therapeutic exercises you need to alleviate your pain, strengthen the weak areas of your body, promote the healing process, and restore function to get you back to doing the things you love.
At Rose City Physical Therapy, our goal is to help you live a pain-free life with even greater strength, endurance and function than you had before.
Get moving today!
If you want a life with less pain and greater strength, endurance and function, request an appointment at Rose City Physical Therapy today in Portland, OR!
Find out how therapeutic exercise can help you reach your physical goals and allow you to live the life you want!