Home Exercises between Physio Sessions
When you have an appointment with one of our physiotherapists or exercise physiologist you will likely be taught some exercises to be done at home in between sessions. These home exercises will be tailored to you and your recovery by your health professional after they have assessed you. These exercises will often require either no equipment, common household items or the use of a resistance band which can be purchased cheaply within the clinic. These exercises allow you to be able to continue your rehabilitation process at home and are very important.
Why are these exercises important?
It is important to do your exercises for various reasons as listed below:
1. It speeds up recovery.
If you are doing your rehabilitation at home regularly you will likely see quicker progress of your condition. Your therapist can then facilitate your recovery by progressing your exercises as appropriately to move to the next stage.
2. To be able to determine if the exercises are effective.
If you do your exercises at home, you will be able to figure out which ones are effective or if some exercises are not suitable/aggravating and report this back to your therapist so they can tailor different exercises or modification.
3. It encourages good self-management.
Your therapist will often see you for around 30 minutes to help manage your condition while you are managing your condition 24/7 until it is resolved. It is important to realise that if you purely rely on your therapist’s manual therapy that you may not have as good outcomes or reach your goals. You get out what you put in.
Specific Physio Exercises
- Foam Roller Exercises
- Calf and Foot Exercises
- The Crocodile Exercise for Upper Back Stiffness
- Simple Exercises or Foot Pain
- 3 Exercises for Ankle Injuries
- Cervicogenic Headache Exercises to Reduce Pain
- Quad Exercises to look after your Knees
- Glute Exercises
In the end, your recovery should always be facilitated by your supportive health care team but the most important person in your recovery journey is you!