Medical Exercise Therapy

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Medical Exercise Therapy

Medical Exercise Therapy or MET is a concept used worldwide to organize exercises in a powerful treatment protocol for patients with musculoskeletal and locomotor dysfunctions. It is not only used for the treatment of patients, but also in the prevention of overuse lesions in workers and athletes.

Medical Exercise Therapy is an active rehabilitation system based on more than 30 years of clinical experience and research. Through active exercise, patients can be put directly into an exercise program aimed at treating pain and decreased motion, increasing endurance and strength, as well as improving activities of daily living. The system accommodates for treating athletes and patients with acute or chronic pain. Emphasis is on increasing tolerance and normalizing muscle imbalance and coordination.

MET can address orthopedic dysfunctions from conditions such as supraspinatus tendinitis, sciatica, hip arthritis, and patellofemoral pain.

The Medical Exercise Therapy approach has its own defined criteria, including minimum time and repetitions, which differ depending on the patient’s diagnosis and age and physical ability. Your therapist will create plan which is intended to address your specific concerns and pain. The high number of repetitions are aimed at treating the pain experience and to increase range of motion.

MET is used to address the following areas:

  • Exercises aimed to improve muscular function will be prescribed for improving strength, endurance or a combination of both. 
  • Exercises aimed to improve coordination should be performed with many repetitions. The number of "correctly executed" exercises is the most important factor in dosing for coordination.
  • Exercises aiming to improve range of motion (ROM) will be designed to use the patient's maximum pain-free range of motion while controlling the movement around the physiological axes.


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