When I started practicing a few years ago, most of my exercise training was based on lower level exercises, like on the treatment table. What I found was that there was a significant gap in my patients discharging and their return to normal activity. As humans, we are active and have to move significant weight to function in our lives. Simply completing some lower level table exercises doesn't help with transitioning back to prior level of function. Thankfully, I learned quickly that I needed to incorporate higher level strengthening exercises to improve my patients' health AND fitness, because in reality they are the same. Coming up in a couple weeks, Michael Mash, PT, DPT at Modern Manual Therapy will be teaching a webinar on how to teach your patients to perform Squats and Deadlifts correctly. I absolutely recommend checking it out. Make sure you register.
-Dr. Chris Fox, PT, DPT, OCS