Muscle strengthening is an integral part of physiotherapy treatment to help you achieve your goal of resolving pain and dysfunction and preventing it from recurring.
Traditionally muscle strengthening has been associated with growing bulk and mass which tended to deter most people from this pathway. This in fact is only one way of achieving strength changes in muscles and is only appropriate for a small percentage of the injured population.
When an injury occurs along with local weakness and tissue damage there can be a cascading effect of weakness and imbalance that occurs elsewhere in the body. Your physiotherapist is skilled at diagnosing the appropriate problem areas and employing strength training to improve the condition of the body.
We need good muscle strength to manage a broad spectrum of tasks; this can be through static activities such as sitting and standing posture or dynamic tasks such as lifting, throwing, performing your sport, walking and running. Different tasks involve specific ways of strengthening muscle to help you achieve your goals. Your physiotherapist is an expert who can guide you through this process. In addition to physiotherapy, Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy have an Exercise Physiologist who is able to take over your strengthening program once your physiotherapist is ready to progress you.
Types of muscle strengthening include:
- Stability muscle retraining – generally low intensity long duration exercises, to help with static activities.
- Dynamic strengthening exercises – higher intensity, shorter duration, to help with dynamic activities and can be adjusted to being sports specific. This may involve weight, speed and power to achieve a good end result.
- Core stability retraining – works on optimising the core muscles to give you a stable base around which movement takes place. Core muscles work quite specifically to stabilise the spine, pelvis, and hip region.