What is Exercise Prescription?

What is exercise prescription?

Exercise prescription is a tool for improving health, fitness and function. The principle is based on ‘dose-response’. Just like any medicine the dose needs to be appropriate to the patients’ needs to deliver the desired response.

Patient health status and risks are assessed to understand their needs. From this information appropriate recommendations are made specific to the patient’s needs.

When making recommendations the FITT principle can be applied. FITT is an acronym for ‘frequency, intensity, type and time’.

As osteopathy is used to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Exercise prescription is a key component of patient treatment plans.

Exercise prescription at TMO

I use a variety of tools in addition to palpation and visual observation to assess patient needs. These may include Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and the Easy Angle.

These can be used to assess the musculoskeletal system and functional capacity. Depending on the presenting complaint and functional needs, the most appropriate assessment is performed.

Below is a video from Trinity College Dublin. The video is a promotional tool for a free online course called ‘Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease’.

The video outlines how the perception of exercise as a preventative and treatment tool has changed in recent years. The video has been included on this webpage as it provides an insight to how exercise has been clinically studied, and can be applied to different populations to deliver clinical outcomes.

If you would like to consider accessing the course a link is included below. No previous experience or qualifications are required to access the course.


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