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The Importance Of Having Your Physio Exercises Progressed

If you’ve been to the physio before, chances are you’ve walked away with some exercises to tackle as your ‘homework.’ These at-home exercises play a vital role in a successful recovery plan and while they might take up some of your time, they are essential to help you get better. Like any effective exercise program, exercises need to be progressed and updated to remain effective. When an exercise becomes too easy, it indicates that your body has adapted to it, and you’ve hit a plateau where the activity is no longer making you stronger. Heading back to the physio ensures that your exercises stay challenging and therefore effective in steering you toward your goal.

A few ways an exercise can be progressed include:

  • Increasing the number of repetitions
  • Increasing weight
  • Changing the range of motion or position of an exercise
  • Changing the tempo of an exercise

Updating your exercises is also crucial because the therapeutic objectives of your program may shift. The initial set of exercises you get from the physio may not be sufficient to propel you towards your ultimate goal. Let’s use rehabilitation following a total knee replacement as an example. Initially, the focus is on regaining knee motion and gentle muscle activation. These basics involve simple tasks like placing your foot on a chair to straighten your leg or pulling your heel toward your bottom to aid with knee bending. Once these foundational goals are met, you progress to more strength-based and functional exercises. This is a simplified explanation of post-op knee rehab, however it highlights why exercise progression is so crucial and that each step is important. If the exercises were not progressed beyond the initial set of exercises, it is unlikely the patient’s functional goals would be achieved. These principles apply for all conditions, from post-operative rehab, to neck and low back pain, and ankle sprains.

If you’re dealing with an injury or need guidance on your current exercise routine, reach out to us. Our Physio’s are here, at Bend + Mend, to help you navigate towards your goals.

Alle Foster

Alle completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia and relocated to Sydney from Adelaide in 2023. Alle has a keen interest in Women’s Health, including pregnancy and postnatal care and pelvic floor dysfunction and has completed further study in this area. Alle has also completed post-graduate studies in osteoarthritic care through the GLAD (Good Living with Osteoarthritis) Program and enjoys applying this knowledge to patients suffering from osteoarthritic knee and hip pain. Alle adopts a biopsychosocial approach to her management and ensures no stone is left unturned in the management of her patients. She uses a combination of manual therapy including massage and dry needling for short term symptom relief and exercise to facilitate long term results. Alle has completed further training in clinical reformer Pilates and applies these principles when treating her patients, in both an individual and class setting.

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