Physical therapy is a routinely employed by people experiencing bodily pain or soreness.

A physical therapist formulates a personalized regimen of exercise and stretches to help their patient make strides to feel their best. Common physical therapy exercises are categorized by which area of the body they focus on. For physical therapy in Urbana Champaign that hones patient comfortability while reducing body pain, come visit us at the Mettler Center.

1. Strengthening Exercise

The purpose of strengthening exercises is to increase muscle mass and strength. Atrophy can occur during surgery recovery, encouraging a patient to seek guided strengthening. Enhancing muscle groups can also help prevent future injury by increasing strength, balance, and control over your body.

Types of Strengthening Exercises Examples:

  • Bicep curls
  • Squats
  • Push-ups

2. Stretching Exercise

Stretching makes muscle and tissue less prone to tearing and hyperextending. Stretching routines contribute to better balance and posture while also reducing stress. Brief stretching exercises can lead to a more productive physical therapy session and improve circulation. Your therapist will determine necessary stretches based on your PT needs.

Types of Stretching Exercises Examples:

  • Hamstrings stretch
  • Child’s pose
  • Side lunge stretch

3. Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic workouts demand effort from your heart and oxygen-ridden muscles. Long-term aerobic exercise boosts your heart and muscles’ efficiency.

Aerobics increases your body’s ability to pump blood through itself. Oxygen-rich blood is necessary for proper body function and enables our bodies to heal faster. Implementation of aerobics encourages healthy muscles and a strong heart.

Types of Aerobic Exercises Examples:

  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Walking

4. Endurance Exercise

Like aerobic exercises, endurance workouts put the pressure on your heart. The goal of these exercises is to increase heart and respiratory rates.

Endurance training strengthens the lungs, heart, and blood vessels. As these are some of the most vital parts of your body, endurance workouts enhance them and are common physical therapy exercises. It also suspends a patient’s vulnerability to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other diseases.

Types of Endurance Exercises Examples:

  • Jumping rope
  • Power walking
  • Running

If you feel these exercises could be beneficial toward your recovery, contact Mettler Center. We offer free pain consultations so you can start your journey to feeling healthy and strong again.

Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT  is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy at Mettler Center. 

Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.