What is it?
Strengthening exercises are specific exercise movements that aim to improve the strength of specific muscles by working them against resistance. They are often used in a rehabilitation setting, especially when you are experiencing muscle dysfunction that is causing pain. Muscle strength is essential for joint control and stability. The tasks that you require strengthening for pre-determines the specific strengthening exercises that will help you to achieve your goals e.g. an athlete who plays tennis will perform exercises that will specifically help improve their sports performance. Strengthening exercises can be prescribed for any muscle(s) in the body. Your therapist may use resistance in the form of workout machines, free weights or barbells, elastic bands, water (e.g. pool), stairs, or even your body weight.