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What is Therapeutic Exercise?

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When it comes to Acupuncture, think of therapeutic exercise as an excellent sidekick. Combine the two together and you’ll get the absolute best results. Therapeutic exercise works great with tuina massage and cupping therapy, which can also be combined with acupuncture for enhanced results. Therapeutic exercise is a great way to help heal chronic pain and even prevent injury or pain in the future. 

Let’s talk a little bit more about what Therapeutic Exercise is and how it can help you.

What can Therapeutic Exercise help with?

At Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center, we help you restore strength and build new physical strength with exercises that are meant to be performed at home after your acupuncture session. These exercises have a variety of benefits, from helping with endurance, to building strength and flexibility, to creating balance and stability. 

When you come in for a session, your practitioner will work with you to lay out goals that are based on your individual needs. In general, the goals of therapeutic exercise are as follows: 

  1. To reduce pain and inflammation. 
  2. To obtain, maintain, or regain range of motion. 
  3. To build muscle strength or rebuild strength after injury. 
  4. To develop and nurture endurance. 
  5. To develop balance.

Therapeutic Exercise for Knee Arthritis

Therapeutic exercise can help with a variety of ailments. A study (here) put out by the National Library of Medicine explored the clinical efficiency of therapeutic exercise as applied to acupuncture and osteopathy for treating traumatic knee arthritis. They found that in the case of routine rehabilitation treatment, adding acupuncture and therapeutic exercise to the routine works. Patients who went through specific therapeutic exercises and acupuncture were found to have improved joint pain and less dysfunction in joint movement.

How can exercise help (in general)?

Exercise is good for everybody. If you want to live a long, healthy and vibrant life, exercise should be an essential part of your daily routine. Here are some of the benefits of exercise:

  • Lowers blood cholesterol
  • Strengthens the immune system 
  • Leads to less stress overall 
  • Gets rid of body fat 
  • Increases well being 
  • Increases muscle strength and tone 
  • Increases overall function
  • Speeds up metabolism 

Exercise is great for helping the body repair from injury. It’s a great tool, especially when combined with acupuncture, because it’s effective during the healing and preventative stages. Many doctors advise exercise (with caution) after injury to the neck, back, and extremities in order to restore function. Exercise (in general) can help after an injury in the following ways: 

  • Preventing muscle deterioration 
  • Promoting joint health 
  • Increasing strength 
  • Increasing proprioception 
  • Increasing stability 
  • Protecting the body from new injury 
  • Preventing recurrence of past problems

How can you find a qualified Acupuncturist who uses Therapeutic Exercise in Raleigh, North Carolina?

If you’re searching for a qualified Acupuncturist who incorporates therapeutic exercise into their sessions in Raleigh, North Carolina, you’ll want to find someone with experience, qualifications, and compassion. Look no further than Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center. Our goal since 2010 has been to provide quality and compassionate acupuncture in Raleigh, NC and the surrounding areas. Much like the balance that Acupuncture and therapeutic exercise provide for your body, we provide our patients with balanced care: the highest quality healthcare, while at the same time focusing on compassionate services that treat you, the patient, with holistic, individualized treatment.


Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center for all of your Acupuncture needs

Hi, I’m Jim Eleczko, the founder of Acupuncture Pain and Stress Center and it’s my mission to provide you with compassionate, whole-person care using holistic treatments, including Acupuncture and therapeutic massage. I’m a board-certified and licensed Acupuncturist practicing since 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina. I love that I get to wake up every day to make meaningful changes in my patient’s lives. I’ve seen first hand the changes that Acupuncture can make. As a teen I suffered from allergies and my father suggested that I try Acupuncture to calm the symptoms. It worked – and left a lasting impression on me! Now I offer Acupuncture and other treatments to help people with a variety of issues, including anxiety, migraines, fibromyalgia, and more. Our other treatments include Dry Needling, Tuina Massage, Guasha, Cupping, Stretching, Orthopedic Movements, Electroacupuncture and Therapeutic Exercises. 

Here’s a bit more about me and my qualifications: I studied the 4-year program at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and continue to travel multiple times a year to study with my mentor, Andrew Nugent-Head. I also studied under Dr. Ed Garbacz, M.D. LAc and spent a year working and studying under Dr. Bonnie Walker, M.D. LAc. I have also done extensive post-graduate studies in acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine from lectures of acupuncturists like Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi, Dr. Tran Viet Dzung, Matt Callison, and Edward Obaidey. 

Get in touch with me by calling (919) 260-4104. I’d be happy to answer your questions and get you booked for an appointment today!