TheBenefits of Therapeutic Exercises on Different Medical Conditions


Thebasis of this project is to discuss on the various benefits oftherapeutic exercises on different medical conditions. A wellarranged therapeutic exercise has the ability to help individuals toget back to their previous form or wellbeing, as we as encouragepeople to maintain their overall health. This project will discuss anumber of ways in which the aforementioned exercises will impact on anumber of medical conditions including pain, arthritis, stroke andmany others. This study will indicate the various ways in whichtherapeutic exercises can assist in curing various medicalconditions. The knowledge from this work will used to designpreventive exercise programs that keep a number of medical conditionsin check.

TheBenefits of Therapeutic Exercise on Different Medical Conditions

Expertsdefine therapeutic exercise as planned and systematic performance ofbody exercise or movements aimed at improving and restoring normalphysical functions of the body. In contrast, normal exercise isperformed with the aim of developing and maintaining physicalfitness. The primary focus of therapeutic exercise is the restorationof strength, flexibility and endurance associated with particularphysical problems.

Othermedical practitioners have defined therapeutic exercise as bodymovement that is specifically aimed at correcting impairment orimproving musculoskeletal function (Standard &amp Ulbricht, 2009).

Benefitsof Therapeutic Exercise

Awell customized therapeutic program is able to help an individualresume their prior functional levels, while at the same timeencouraging lifestyle changes that keep at bay additional injury andimprove overall well being and health. Medical practitioners referpatients to therapeutic care at the initial sign of a problem due toits numerous benefits on various medical conditions, some of whichare discussed below.

Therapeuticexercise reduces pain, sometimes completely eliminating it. Hands-ontherapy techniques such as electrical stimulation and ultrasoundrelieve pain while at the same time restoring the function of jointsthat further reduce lower back pains. In lots of instances, they alsokeep away recurring pain. In relation to surgery, therapeuticexercises help in eliminating pain or healing of injuries, sometimeseliminating the need for surgical treatment. However, if surgery isstill inevitable, a patient may benefit from pre-surgery therapythereby allowing faster post-surgery recovery (Goodman &ampHelgeson, 2011).

Strokepatients often suffer loss of some degree of functionality and bodymovement. In such instances, therapeutic exercises strengthenweakened body parts, while also improving gait and balance. A patientsuffering from a condition that makes it difficult to stand, walk ormove may also benefit from therapeutic exercise irrespective of age.Strengthening and stretching exercises help the patients restoretheir movement abilities (Walton, 2011).

Physicaltherapists recognize the types of exercises that expose individualsto greater risk for injury. Such injuries include stress injuries fordistance runners among others. For this reason, they designappropriate recovery programs for victims. The knowledge is also usedto design preventive exercise programs that keep the sportspersonless prone to hurt. Some other medical conditions interfere with bodyfunctions in such a way that exposes them to increased risk forfalls. In such instances, therapists screen patients for fall riskafter which one is provided with exercises mimicking real-lifesituations. Such exercises help patients in improving coordinationtherefore preventing falls and resultant injuries (Nelson,

Diabetesand other diverse vascular conditions are medical conditions thatalso benefit from therapeutic exercise. Normally, therapistsstructure a comprehensive diabetes management plan that incorporatesexercise that helps in controlling blood sugar. In addition,diabetics with sensation problems in their legs and feet receiveeducation and tips on proper foot care that prevents problems alongthe way. Another benefit is in the management of heart and lungdisease where patients receive physical therapy if daily functioninghas been affected after medical treatment. With pulmonary issues,therapeutic exercise improves the quality of life by incorporatingbreathing, conditioning and strengthening exercises. They also helpin keeping the lungs free of fluids (Bean, Vora &amp Frontera,2004).

Advancementin age presents individuals with sundry medical conditions includingosteoporosis, arthritis or the need for joint replacement.Therapeutic exercise is beneficial in such cases because it helps inthe management of osteoporotic and arthritic conditions, while alsohastening the recovery process from joint replacement. Women havebeen known to suffer various health concerns especially in relationto reproductive health, the main issues being pregnancy, delivery andpost-partum care. In this regard, therapeutic exercise is beneficialbecause it eases the management of the conditions, while makingrecovery easier and more bearable (Nelson,


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