Once you have been evaluated by your physical therapist and your treatment sessions begin you will be assigned a specific set of exercises to target the weaker areas of your body. As you start to get stronger, your therapist will prescribe more advanced exercises that will continue to challenge you and promote muscle growth. Once you have demonstrated proper technique with your exercise program and your clinician is confident in your performance you will likely be assigned a home exercise program otherwise known as an HEP.
Your personal HEP will consist of the same or similar exercises that you are performing in the therapy clinic. This HEP will likely involve exercises for upper body and lower body and may focus on strengthening larger muscle groups. Good, strong muscles in the legs and arms are important for proper and safe function of activities of daily living (ADL’s). ADL’s are general activities that one needs to perform throughout the day for self care such as dressing, bathing, feeding, and motivating about ones household. Some specific exercises that may be included in part of your HEP are as follows:
Lower extremity exercises
- Squats at the counter
- 3 way hip exercises
- Heel raises
- Standing marches
Upper extremity exercises
- Thera-band rows and shoulder extension
- Biceps curls
- Forward and lateral shoulder raises
- Tricep extensions
As you begin to get stronger, your HEP will be modified to promote more muscle strength and endurance. You will continue to be assessed by your therapist throughout your care and new activities may be given to address further areas of weakness that may be negatively impacting self care at home.
Jason Strength, PTA
- If you are interested in physical therapy for general weakness, contact us for a free consultation. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.