Exercise Therapy (Rehabilitation Programming)

Exercise Therapy (Rehabilitation Programming)



“Motion is Lotion” and “Nothing Wrong With Getting Strong”

Exercise therapy is when a physiotherapist or fitness/exercise/rehabilitation specialist develops a specific exercise or fitness regime aimed at helping a patient achieve their physical goals or needs. Exercise rehabilitation should be the cornerstone of any treatment or management plan. Exercise prescription is commonly advocated and supported by the evidence to address dysfunctions in strength, muscle activation, mobility, posture and proprioception.

The evidence now also clearly indicates that adherence and compliance with an exercise program is as effective on functional outcome as surgical intervention. It is also indicated that the recovery and structured physiotherapy for weeks after a surgical intervention may be the main reason for patient improvement rather than the surgery itself. The benefits of exercise therapy are multifactorial and include:

  • Muscular strengthening for deficient and weak movement strategies
  • Reduction in pain via pain modulation
  • Removing the fear of movement
  • Providing a therapeutic effect on structurally damaged tissue

Our chartered physiotherapists are leading experts at prescribing exercise programs in terms of achieving rehabilitation and general fitness goals.  If you have any queries, please feel free to ask.


Please note exercise therapy and rehabilitation programming are only available at our Goals Gym location. Give us a call at 085-235-6778 to book a session.


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SMITH et al. (2016) ‘Should exercises be painful in the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis’ Br J Sports Med. 2017 Jul 12