Therapeutic exercises refers to a wide range of physical activities that focuses on restoring and maintaining strength, endurance, flexibility, stability and balance. The goal of therapeutic exercises is to return an injured patient to a fully functioning, pain-free state.
Exercises that may be included in a therapeutic program include:
- Strengthening exercises, usually performed with graded resistance and lower repetitions.
- Endurance exercises that engage large muscle groups over a longer period of time.
- Flexibility exercises achieved through stretching and movement.
- Balance and coordination exercises that focus on maintaining an individual's center of gravity.