Isokinetic Contraction Training
Isokinetic exercises are consistent, controlled movements created after your Brooklyn physical therapist takes careful measurements and assesses your physical conditioning.
Whether you’re following orders from your physician to start physical therapy following a medical procedure or you’re seeking to improve your performance in a specific sport, isokinetic training with an experienced physical therapy team gets you to your goals.
Restore function, build strength and improve flexibility with isokinetic contractions.
When your muscles are stronger, every move you make is more efficient. You don’t waste movement because your every move makes the best use of the muscles involved. Stronger muscles mean fewer accidents and injuries. And stronger muscles give you more control.
Isokinetic exercise is designed to strengthen targeted muscle groups. And when you rely on your physical therapy professional, you’ll learn how to properly exercise using isokinetic training. Once you get started at TRI Physical Therapy in Brooklyn, you’ll get it right every time.
Isokinetic Training Benefits
You can build consistent strength and flexibility with isokinetic exercises. You do them at a persistent, steady speed, regardless of the force or level of resistance placed on your muscles. Isokinetic contractions are movements that control the speed at which your muscles shorten and contract. They’re the opposite of most exercise routines that involve isotonic exercises like squats and dumbbell lifts. Isotonic exercises isolate muscle groups, but expose them to uneven range of motion.
Because isokinetic exercises are done in a controlled environment, overseen by your Brooklyn physical therapist, they’re commonly used in rehabilitation and recovery settings.
- Prevent further injuries
- Increase your muscle tone and flexibility
- Build up endurance
- Target muscle development in specific areas
- Improve coordination and balance
- Boost your metabolism
- Treat imbalances that exist in your body
- Increase the effectiveness of aerobic exercises if you’re obese
- Improve your mental outlook
Who Benefits from Isokinetic Training?
While you may be referred to a physical therapist for assistance with rehabilitation following a medical procedure, you can make an appointment with your physical therapist to improve your performance in a number of sports. Isokinetic training has been useful for training soccer players by strengthening muscles and ligaments surrounding the knees. Athletes who rely on wrist strength such as tennis players and gymnasts also benefit from isokinetic training. Others looking to enhance their performance with the controlled strength training include:
- Basketball and baseball players
Older people with osteoarthritis in their knees make ideal candidates for isokinetic training.
In as little as eight weeks, you can reduce your pain levels and improve your mobility and strength. Isokinetic exercise, physical therapy for lower back pain aimed at your core reduces back pain and decreases the risk of back injuries.
Achilles tendon injuries, shoulder instability and forearm problems all improve safely and quickly with the help of isokinetic training.
How It Works
Physical therapy (PT) is designed primarily to improve the function of your body so that you can perform your daily tasks more efficiently and painlessly. Your body is made to move, and movements should be effortless. PT also provides an excellent form of prevention and preparedness.
Isokinetic training is best done as a one-on-one, personalized program that addresses your individual goals and needs. Your physical therapist introduces you to a variety of machines and calibrates the resistance to your specific needs. Different machines target specific areas of your body — like your quadriceps, shoulders, abdominal muscles or knee extensor muscles. Your PT professional starts you off at a slower speed and gradually builds as your get stronger.
Risks of Isokinetic Exercises
If you follow the instructions of your physical therapist and not push yourself, you likely won’t encounter any problems from the exercises. But especially if you’re recovering from an injury, you should take things slowly. Since you’re not lifting a weight from a dead stop, your risks are greatly reduced as there’s no inertia to overcome. Instead, the movement is steady and controlled.
Because you’re following the course of rehabilitation designed by your physical therapist, there’s also little risk of overexerting yourself.
For the most part, you can avoid pulled muscles and complications often associated with new training regimens by closely following your therapist’s recommendations. You learn how to bring your muscles to a point of fatigue without worrying about straining them.
Isokinetic Training Advantages in Brooklyn
Under proper supervision, isokinetic exercises are safe, effective and useful for restoring function for all forms of range of motion issues. The popularity of isokinetics continues to grow too. Everyone from professional athletes to recovering stroke victims and injured workers benefit from this form of physical therapy performance enhancement training.
Your program is designed specifically for your needs, thanks to the measurements and predetermined plans built in to the modality and the machines. Recovery in motion is the mantra of your PT and ultimately succeeds when you follow the supervised plans of your physical therapist. To get started, contact the pros at TRI Physical Therapy.