Step 3 Specific and Detailed Strengthening Routine
Many practices out there claim that they “strengthen” their patients but when you look closer, you see patients using the same 3lbs cuff weight or 5lbs dumbbell for the entire 6-8 weeks of therapy. Weights are never increased, muscle tissue is never stressed in a positive manner to increase strength in order to increase physical ability. Remember, STRENGTH = FUNCTION, if you never continuously increase strength then you’ll never improve your physical function. Strength is behind EVERY physical activity that you perform, from buttoning your shirt to running up the stairs. At PKL, we evaluate and determine the deficiencies in your musculoskeletal system and begin a strengthening program. The program is appropriate for your level of strength, even if you’re so weak that raising your arm against the force of gravity is difficult. There’s always a starting point for strengthening, we start from where you’re comfortable and gradually build from there. There is no way to improve your strength and physical function without gradual strengthening of key muscle groups.