A regimen or plan of physical activities designed and prescribed for specific therapeutic goals. Its purpose is to restore normal musculoskeletal function or to reduce pain caused by diseases or injuries.
In the past, bed rest has been used as part of the standard treatment for managing patients following trauma, surgery and illness. While immobilization can be beneficial for acutely affected body parts, on a global level prolonged immobility has deleterious effects on function.
- Increased blood flow to the affected area
- Decreased stiffness
- Prevents muscle atrophy, and provides muscular strengthening
- Lengthens shortened muscles
- Balance restoration