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By drshriver
August 30, 2010
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Patients often ask why we might want them to do rehab exercises as part of their treatment plan. Sometimes there is a bit of confusion because the exercises look relatively simple, and often do not use very much weight, if weights are used at all. So let me share with you the difference between "rehabiliation exercises", what we use in the office, versus "strength training" exercises, which are more common in a gym setting

First and foremost, according to Stedman's Medical Dictionairy, rehabilitation is "restoration of the ability to function in a normal or near normal manner, following illness or injury". So here are some of the differences between functional training and strength training according to Dr. Michael Schneider, PhD.

Functional Training:

  • Trains movements, NOT individual muscles (like a bicep curl)
  • Goal is to create stability, NOT make muscles bigger (like a body builder)
  • Improve muscle coordination, NOT increase the amount of force from a muscle
  • Uses posture to improve balance/control, NOT use heavy weights for strength gains

So many of our exercises might seem like they don't do much and that they are too simple to help, but they are actually very effective at restoring normal muscle and joint function, coordination, control and stability. This leads to better recovery and significantly decreases the chance that the problem that brought you to the office will happen again.