Therapeutic Exercise Commerce & West Bloomfield Township, MI

Therapeutic Exercise

When you say the words “physical therapy” most people automatically assume you have had surgery. Yet physical therapy goes beyond post-surgical care restoring strength, endurance, flexibility and stability to people who have been injured, are in pain, or have experienced an illness. Through therapeutic exercise, it is possible to have your function restored and live a life that is pain-free. Contact us to schedule your consultation and find out how we can relieve your pain.

What is therapeutic exercise?

The goal of any exercise program is to leave you feeling healthier and stronger than when you began. Therapeutic exercise has similar goals, but incorporates a wide range of activities that help you regain or maintain your strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, or stability. Whether you have been injured, experienced an illness, or are simply noticing you are losing your physical abilities, therapeutic exercise can prevent impairment and disability while improving your overall fitness. Typically performed as a part of a physical therapy treatment plan, this type of exercise is prescribed by a physical therapist.

Types of Therapeutic Exercises

Each therapeutic exercise is classified by its purpose.

  • Range of Motion – These exercises are aimed at increasing the range of motion in your joints and soft tissues. This may be done through active, passive or assisted stretching activities designed to help your joints move better, without pain.
  • Muscle Performance – Increasing power, endurance and muscle strength is vital to good balance and stability as well as bone and joint health. Resistance exercises and endurance exercises are designed to increase muscle strength without injury.
  • Posture – Hours spent at desks, bending over keyboards, poor muscle tone, or simple habit can all lead to terrible posture. What you may not realize is that posture has a direct impact on muscle strength, balance and a tendency toward injury. Posture exercises are aimed at correcting poor posture, not just when you exercise, but in your life in general which can alleviate aches and pains.
  • Balance & Coordination – Every time you stand or sit, bones and muscles work in conjunction with one another to help you remain upright. Every time you stand, walk, sit, brush your teeth, cook a meal, or take care of your daily activities, you are testing your coordination between the muscular and skeletal systems in your body. Your ability to care for yourself or your loved ones depends on your ability to balance and the coordination of your arms, legs, hands, and feet. That is why balance and coordination exercises are so important, especially after an injury or illness. If you cannot balance, if you lose coordination, you lose the ability to care for yourself.
  • Relaxation – Relaxation is part of therapeutic exercise? You bet! While it is important to work the muscles, joints, and soft tissues in the body, it is also important to help them relax. Pain relieving techniques including heat, cold, electrical stimulation, massage, or trigger point therapy can all help the body relax, improve your sleep, lower your blood pressure, and keep you coming back for more exercise!
  • Area Specific Exercises – It’s easy to think of exercise as something we do with our muscles, but it is also important to help the body’s other systems. In these cases, exercises that target breathing or circulation may be recommended to help speed healing, improve blood flow or lower stress on the body.

How does therapeutic exercise relieve pain?

It may seem counterintuitive to exercise when you are in pain. After all, the last thing you want to do when you are uncomfortable is make yourself more uncomfortable. Yet when you treat pain with medication and rest, you are only allowing the supporting muscles to weaken, causing greater pain and less functionality of the area. A physical therapist is trained to evaluate your body’s function, strength and range of motion as well as your pain levels when you perform basic tasks. They can then create a customized treatment plan, including therapeutic exercise, that can strengthen weak areas, restore function to healing or surgically repaired joints, and reduce your overall pain levels. Not only can you experience a pain free life, you can do so with greater strength and endurance than before. Still curious how physical therapy services and therapeutic exercise can help you? Let us conduct an evaluation and help you get on the road to recovery.

Our Practice

Established in 2003, Premier Therapy Centers, Inc. is a physical therapist-owned and operated provider of care for clients of all ages and levels of functionality. The primary objective for all clients is to increase their functional level to further improve their health and physical fitness. Premier Therapy Centers functions seamlessly to educate, motivate and train their clients to reach their fitness and functional objectives in a uniquely positive environment. Our highly trained and energetic staff are dedicated to superior, innovative and unprecedented physical therapy techniques that extend beyond traditional services.

Premier Therapy Centers are equipped with free weights, machines and a variety of cardiovascular equipment and cross-training systems. Specializing in orthopedic physical therapy services, spinal therapy, functional balance, gait training, as well as sports and work-related injuries, Premier Therapy Centers stays current with industry standards as well as develops original therapy techniques.

Insurance Information

We gladly accept most insurance plans. Please contact us to confirm if we accept your insurance plan as health plans do change regularly. As a courtesy to our patients, we will verify your health benefits prior to your arrival to determine if there will be a copay, deductible, or coinsurance for therapy services.

For those patients who do not have health insurance or those who have maxed out their benefits, we offer a private pay plan. Please contact us today for more information on our fees for service and payment details.

We work with a variety of insurance and payment situations such as:

  • Medicare
  • Private Insurances
  • Auto Accident Insurances
  • Workers Compensation
  • Cash pay Services

Please Note: We do NOT accept HAP HMO plans

Falls Prevention

Falls are a major hazard to the health and independence of older adults, aged 65 years and older. People who fall once are more likely to fall again if they do not seek help. People are living longer and falls will increase unless we make a serious commitment to providing effective fall prevention programs. Falls are the principal cause of nonfatal injuries among older adults. These injuries include hip fractures, shoulder fractures, low back pain, neck pain, and head injuries. Along with the physical and emotional pain, many people are required to spend a prolonged time in a hospital or long-term care facility. Many of these people are never able to live independently again.

However, the good news is, falls are preventable! There are effective fall prevention programs that can be used to reduce falls and help older adults maintain their health and independence. Here at Premier Therapy Centers, we use an individualized approach to create a specialized plan of care geared towards that specific patient to improve gait and balance and reduce fall risk. Contact us at Commerce & West Bloomfield Township, MI centers to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists today so they can create a specialized program for you!

Exercise Program

At Premier Therapy Centers, our physical therapists have the knowledge, education, and experience to create an exercise program for you. Exercise programs are individualized based on the patient’s baseline function and their personal goals. Our physical therapists are creative and innovative to create unique exercises to help you return to your previous function or sport. This exercise program will be modified as you progress during your program. Our patients will be given a home exercise program that they should be doing concurrently during the course of their program. At the time of discharge, our physical therapists will make sure you have the knowledge and tools to be able to do your exercise program on your own.