Therapeutic Exercise Benefits

Guidelines for Coaching and Assisting Patients during a Therapeutic Exercise

G – Goal-setting with the patient. Setting realistic and short-term goals that can be accomplished in the near future.

U – Utilizing and identifying several approaches to accomplish the task prescribed.

I – Identifying and selecting the approach most effective for the specific client. Most likely, considering this technique guarantees success of the exercise program.

D – Detailed specifications of the approach on the patient’s care plan and the level of accomplishment the individual achieved on the progress notes.

E – Eagerly identifying the motions needed to accomplish the activity. Example is the motion needed to pick up a book. To do so, the arms should be extended first, then open hands should be placed next to the book. To grasp the book, fingers should be flexed on the side of the book and move the arm and hand vertically while holding the object. To complete the task, flexion of arm toward the body should be accomplished.

L – Latch the focus on gross functional movements initially and gradually include activities that require the use of finer motions such as buttoning of clothes or writing using a pen.

I – Inform and encourage the patient to perform the activity within limits or depending on the maximal capacity with limitations of the disability taken into consideration

N – Never neglect the importance of monitoring the tolerance of the patient

E – Eliminate if not minimize frustrations and fatigue by assisting the patient to perform and practice activity in real-life situations

S – Support the patient by giving him or her appropriate praise for the effort executed and for the activities performed

Modulating Pain during Exercises

  • Deep breathing exercises done by emphasizing slow, deep and rhythmical breathing
  • Passive or progressive muscular relaxation
  • Meditation done by focusing on repetitive mantra
  • Giving therapeutic massage
  • Focusing on external things such as listening to a relaxing music, watching an interesting movie or playing card and board games
  • Imagery


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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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