The Benefits of Regular Exercise
Yes..it can help you stay injury-free and feeling great!
It’s true! You can read hundreds of books, websites, and expert opinions, and they will all tell you about the benefits of exercise for improving your health – both physical and mental!
But if you need more motivation to exercise, read on!
- Exercise can combat chronic soft-tissue injuries! At our clinic we give you injury specific exercises to help you heal faster, and stay injury-free longer.
- Exercise can help you lose weight, and manage your weight! No surprise here! We have all been hearing this for years, now lets put it into place in your life.
- Exercising gives you more energy! Really, by using the right combination of exercise and nutrition, you create a hormonal environment that can help you to lose weight, increase energy, and increase muscle strength.
- Exercise strengthens your heart and lungs, letting you live longer, more fulfilling lives. Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, running, tennis, and swimming strengthen your heart and lungs, keeping you young… longer.
- Exercise helps you feel better, and improves your moods, and how you feel about yourself. We all know the importance of good self-esteem, and exercise helps to improve that. Exercise is key to reducing anxiety and depression, and can help you to manage stress.
- Exercise improves your sex life, since it improves how you look, and how you feel about yourself.
- Exercise decreases your chance of getting chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and stroke.
- Exercise lets you sleep better, longer, and deeper, thereby helping you focus better, be more productive, and feel better.
- Exercise builds and maintains your bones, muscles, and joints.
- Exercise can be fun and entertaining! Really… just think about all the activities you love to do (dancing, tennis, baseball, walking, and so on) and just get out there and do them! Have fun doing it too!
At Kinetic Health, our doctors integrate rehabilitative exercises into your treatment program. Any effective rehabilitative exercise program should include the following four critical components: Flexibility, Strength, Balance and Proprioception, and Cardiovascular fitness.
Good flexibility enables muscles and joints to move through their full range of motion. Poor flexibility leads to a higher chance of injury to muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
* Flexibility is joint-specific; a person may have excellent range of motion at one joint, yet be restricted in another.
* Stretching exercises help to realign new tissue that is being laid down in the direction of the muscle fibers.
* Without appropriate stretches, new scar tissue may form in weak random patterns, resulting in new restrictions and problems.
Strength training is essential in the rehabilitation of any injury.
* Tissues goes through a remodeling phase which will take from six months to a year.
* When new tissue is laid down to repair an area, it is very thin and weak.
* During the remodeling phase, this tissue will increase to over ten times its original diameter if the appropriate weight training exercise are applied against it.
* Without weight or strength training the probability of re-injury remains high.
Balance and Proprioception
Proprioception describes the body’s ability to react appropriately (through balance and touch) to external forces.
* Proprioception exercises should begin early in the rehabilitation process.
* Effective proprioception exercises are designed to restore the kinesthetic awareness of the patient.
* Proprioception exercises form the basis for the agility, strength, and endurance required for complete rehabilitation.
Cardiovascular or aerobic exercises are essential for restoring good circulation and for increasing oxygen delivery to soft-tissues.
* Lack of oxygen and poor circulation is a primary accelerator of injuries.
We believe that effective, focused exercises play an important role in the healing and regeneration of damaged tissues.
Customized exercise programs form a critical component of each of our soft-tissue treatment protocols
Each of our patients receives appropriate exercises for their soft-tissue condition. Our rehabilitative exercises are based on the four basic principles we discussed earlier: flexibility, strength, balance, and cardiovascular function.
Our exercise programs address more than just the point of injury, they also address the surrounding and supporting musculature of the affected area (the kinetic chain) and are designed to provide a sound base from which the practitioner can build a more comprehensive program of muscular strength and fitness for the patient.
Again, the success of this portion of our treatment protocol is highly dependent upon patient compliance! We encourage our patients to take a proactive role in their treatment by performing the exercises that we provide.