The therapist will identify the direction of functional impairment and provide techniques that restore maximal strength and range of pain-free movement.
Common causes of musculoskeletal disorders include:
- Poor posture
- Repetitive stress
The therapist will evaluate an individual's:
- Direction of functional impairment
- Pain provoking and pain producing movements
- Postural forces that might be contributing to the problem
- Range of Motion
Data collected from the patient interview enables the therapist to plan subsequent treatments. This assists the clinician in choosing the position that is the safest and most comfortable for the initial exercise program.
The major goal of any exercise program is to teach the patient to control and minimize risk factors while normalizing movement patterns during work, home, or recreational activities.
Patient will be educated to help avoid recurrence of the problem, and in the event of recurrence, minimize the consequences.
The therapy typically includes biweekly or tri-weekly treatments for four weeks; during which the therapist will provide:
- Pain relieving modalities as needed
- Stretching, isometric, and strengthening exercises
- Postural correction
- Body mechanics instruction
- Home exercise program instruction