Therapeutic Exercise, Rehab, and Massage


What is the purpose of therapeutic exercise, rehab, and massage?

Rehab is recommended to improve stability, strength, balance, flexibility and range of motion (ROM). Rehab will complement the physical or mental adjustments made by the doctor. Before beginning rehab, the therapist will perform an assessment called Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA). The MPA will test and measure different areas of the body and will indicate areas of imbalance. Imbalances may include muscle weakness, muscle tightness or uneven ROM. ROM measurements will be taken for the affected area to find the degree of movement limitations. The outcome of the assessments will be discussed with the doctor and incorporated into your treatment plan. At the end of your rehab program, you will be re-evaluated to measure the improvements made by the overall treatment plan. Rehab is a very important part of the treatment plan and will help you achieve your total wellness goals.


The different types of therapy

Rehab typically involves four types of therapy. This includes therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, manual therapy and conditioning. Rehab sessions follow a strict protocol that will advance as the patient develops increased movement, strength and proprioception. Sessions that focus on the neck and low back will include ROM, isometric exercises, concentric and essentric movements with both short and long ROM. The goal is to increase the pain-free ROM while boosting strength and flexibility. The patient will then start on neuromuscular re-education protocols. This part of the program will focus on core muscle strength, balance and proprioception. This will create lumbar and pelvic stability, thereby minimizing back and neck dysfunction.


Circulation problems

Some patients have circulation problems. They will be put on a special program to increase the flow of blood and lymph drainage. The program may include a dietary cleans (detox), massage, mechanical therapy or exercise.



  • Therapeutic Exercise: Given to patients to help develop ROM, strength and endurance.
  • Neuromuscular Re-education: Focuses on movement, balance, coordination, posture and proprioception.
  • Manual Therapy: Techniques performed by hand such as trigger point therapy, lymph drainage massage, myofascial release or specialized stretching.
  • Conditioning: Involves increasing the patient’s stamina, functional strength, core stability and overall fitness level.
  • Proprioception: A sense of the orientation of one’s limbs in space while keeping balanced.
  • Isometric exercises: When the tension of a muscle changes but not the length.
  • Concentric movements: When the muscle shortens during an exercise.
  • Essentric movements: When the muscle lengthens and returns to a neutral position.


What to expect during your Rehab session

Wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring a water bottle into the rehab session.

Synapse: Center for Health & Healing
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Eagan, MN 55122
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