From inappropriate training or work practices muscles can become tight and even shortened. This can cause muscle imbalance as the bodies biomechanics are affected. When we detect muscle tightness on assessment we will prescribe stretching exercises.
If for any reason a muscle becomes weakened it will benefit from strengthening. Weak muscles do not adequately support the joints they surround and can lead to joint problems.
This form of exercise is essential to a healthy heart and lungs. It can be brisk walking, cycling, swimming , running or rowing. It is also very important [along with a health diet]for weight control. For patients that have not exercised before we usually start with walking . A pedometer can be a very useful tool in determining activity levels and goal setting. There are now many smart phone apps available to track training and motivate.