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Exercise Programs

Physiotherapists prescribe exercises for many different reasons, including both the prevention and recovery from injury (including post-operative care), general strengthening and fitness, and to treat neurological or chronic pain conditions.
All exercise programs will be individually tailored by your physiotherapist at PhysioFit Berwick to suit your situation / pathology / condition(s).
Some of the most common types of exercise programs prescribed by your physio may include:

Exercise program type Reason(s) prescribed Examples
Cardiovascular exercises
  • To improve general fitness
  • To lose weight General health benefits
  • To improve strength with low impact activity or using your own body weight
Brisk walking, running, jogging, swimming, aerobics, gym classes (e.g. spinning)
Flexibility exercises (joint / muscle)
  • To improve the range of movements of your joints and muscles
  • To reduce stress on your joints or muscles during sport and every day function
McKenzie exercises, Upper/lower limb stretching regimes
Balance exercises
  • To improve coordination, control of movement and balance
  • To facilitate rehabilitation from injury
  • To increase proprioception
Wobble board exercises
Dynamic balance training
Plyometrics
Postural exercises
  • To improve spinal alignment and posture
  • To prevent injury and improve athletic performance
Chin tucks, postural re-education, core strengthening, fit ball / gym ball exercises
Strengthening exercises
  • To improve your control over and the strength of particular muscles and joints
  • To maximise function and reduce likelihood of injury for sport or every day function
Resistance band exercises, upper / lower limb strengthening regimes, core strengthening
Pilates exercises
  • To improve your posture, core stability, flexibility and strength
  • To maximise function and reduce likelihood of injury for sport or every day function
Mat work, reformer-based regimes, functional core activation
Massage ball / foam roller exercises
  • To release muscle tension and improve flexibility of specific regions of the body
  • To simulate the effects of a massage (self-massage)
  • To prevent and facilitate recovery from ITB and lateral knee pain injuries, common for runners / athletes
As prescribed by your therapist
Post-operative exercises
  • To prevent chest complications
  • To prevent thrombosis
  • To prevent muscle wasting and joint immobility
  • To improve or facilitate recovery from surgery
Knee / shoulder / hip strengthening regimes, Gait re-education, chest exercises
Neurological rehabilitation exercises
  • For treating neurological conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease), or assisting with recovery from stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, etc.
Balance exercises, reaching / targeting, functional mobility exercises, coordination exercises, strengthening exercises, etc.
Postnatal exercises
  • To help return to pre-pregnancy shape and increase energy levels whilst protecting ligaments and joints that are still loose due to pregnancy
Pelvic floor exercises, abdominal exercises, light weight training, low impact aerobic exercises
Chest physiotherapy
  • To treat bronchiectasis and other lung or breathing conditions (as recommended by your specialist)
Percussion, vibration, breathing exercise secretion regimes