Exercise Prescription is about doing the correct exercises that are indicated for your body and the challenges you’re currently facing, as well as the goals you’re looking forward to achieving. Often times patients know that they should be moving their bodies, but often default to outdated approaches that they may have tried when they were younger or what their friends may have told them. Unfortunately not everything that works for one person will work for another person who may have different needs or goals.
Exercise prescription allows you to learn how to move the body more effectively while reducing pain and chance of injury. There is an emphasis on core stabilization as well as the primal movements (pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, squatting, lunging, gait) to develop the general areas of human motion.
Exercise Prescription is ideal for patients who need to reintroduce exercise habits into their daily life as well as those who need particular help in activating their muscles and learning how to stabilize their spine properly. This would include patients who have back pain, hip or shoulder pain, as well as people who are looking to further their performance levels and have physical goals.
It is also a key stage for people who have undergone treatment and are seeking ways to integrate their clinical results into real world results or even performance.
For example, a cyclist who has chronic hip or knee pain due to over active hip flexors. Once the mechanism has been clinically identified and addressed so that the person no longer has pain, it is crucial for proper exercise and repatterning to occur. Such exercise would emphasize strengthening core stabilizing muscles and developing a recruitment pattern that does not over-emphasize use of the hip flexors. By bridging this integration period, prescriptive exercise would promote good movement patterns and decrease the likelihood of reinjuring the area due to overuse.