Exercise Therapy is a regimen or plan of physical activities designed and prescribed for specific therapeutic goals. Its purpose is to work towards the restoration of normal musculoskeletal function or to reduce pain above and below the site of injury caused by diseases or injuries through neuro reeducation, gait training and therapeutic activities. It is highly repetitive and intensive in nature, requiring time and dedication on the part of the client to encourage neuroplasticity. The therapy is provided by professionals with an educational background in exercise science, exercise physiology, or other similar degree.
Others have created names for Exercise Therapy such as Activity Based Therapy, Activity Based Recovery Therapy, Neuro-based Therapy, Restorative Therapy, or a variation of those words. Some take claim for “inventing” it or being “world leaders”. Regardless of what it is called, exercise therapy has been a vital and longstanding prescribed therapy for decades and is practiced all over the world, just as Physical Therapy is practiced world wide (a different therapy). Exercise therapy is based in the principles of exercise science and when adapted to the neurologically impaired client, its focus is on recovery of function above and below the site of injury.
Clients who participate in an exercise therapy program can benefit from increased motor or sensory function, increased independence, reduction of medication, reduction of hospital visits, and increased overall health.