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Exercises everyday or every other day?

Many people wonder why we may not have you do exercises everyday.  If the exercise is good for you every other day then doing them every day will help you to recover twice as fast right?  Not necessarily.  There are several reasons why we pick the frequency of the exercises including patient reactivity, how recent the injury was, nature of the dysfunction, patient preference, suggestions from the latest research, tissues injured, and many other reasons . 

Some examples of the types of exercises and why we may choose the frequency for those exercises are included below:


Trying to build muscle strength.  We will have you perform the exercise every other day so that your muscle has time to recover.  If you work out everyday the muscle never has time to recover and you won't make as much progress as you could otherwise.  Depending on what type of strength we will be working on (strength, power, endurance) will determine your sets and repetitions.


Working on flexibility.  We will have you stretch/move everyday or multiple times a day.  You will make the fastest progress with streching/moving frequently.

Working on neuromuscular control. We will have you do the exercises daily or multiple times a day to help you to activate/control your muscles.  You will likely do a high number of repetitions and perform the exercises frequently in order for you to gain control of the ability to activate the muscles.

Neural mobilization. These exercises are aimed at loosening tension around the nerve and making the nerve less sensitive.  These exercises need to be performed very frequently as in multiple times a day and possibly up to every hour and the repetitions will likely vary from 10-30.


Sporting Activities. This varies widely depending on the sport and what is needed by the athlete and may have exercises in any or all of the categories above.  Exercises may vary from daily to once every few days.