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The Importance of Exercise

Have you been feeling better after treatment, and want it to last longer?

Maybe you really enjoy the benefits of treatment but feel like you need to keep coming back to feel the same way.

This is a big sign that your body likes manual therapy and hands on treatment, but it’s missing another key stimulus - exercise!

Many high-quality research articles such as Hidalgo et al. (2017) show us that manual therapy combined with exercises provides better outcomes compared to manual therapy alone, or exercise alone. Exercise has also shown to improve mood, mental health, sleep, and diet control (all of which are really important for recovery).  

The Department of Health and Aged Care recommends adults aged 18-64 years old to participate in either:

  • 2.5-5 hours per week of moderate intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking
  • 1.25-2.5 hours per week of vigorous intensity activity, such as jogging, swimming, or recreational sports

Furthermore, they also advise muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days, which can consist of

  • Exercises such as push ups, pull ups, and squats
  • Simple household duties that involve lifting, carrying, or digging

Doing any exercise is better than doing none! If you don’t do any physical activity now, you can start small, and then slowly build up to the recommended amount.  

Exercise can be done in many different forms, through simply walking around the neighbourhood, to a detailed exercise rehab programme using different equipment such as foam rollers and resistance bands.  

Here at Muna, we understand that every patient is unique, so we strive to provide the best outcomes through individualised rehab plans.

With a diverse set of manual therapy techniques and a robust exercise plan - you can feel assured that your health and getting back to what you love to do is our #1 priority.    

Written by Dr. Edward Su (Osteopath)