Exercise Therapy


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Exercise Therapy    Exercise Therapy

In the early 20th century R. Tait McKenzie began the process of using exercise as an active treatment for disease and injury rather than to merely maintain heath (1). Exercise therapy is a structured and repetitive physical activity that is utilized to improve function, improve fitness or provide rehabilitation. This category includes aerobic, anaerobic stretching and water exercise, etc.

(1) Moore GE. The role of exercise prescription in chronic disease. Br J Sports Med 2004 Feb;38(1):6-7.

Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Information

MeSH Term: Exercise Therapy

Scope Note: A regimen or plan of physical activities designed and prescribed for specific therapeutic goals. Its purpose is to restore normal musculoskeletal function or to reduce pain caused by diseases or injuries.

MeSH Synonyms:
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Therapy, Exercise
  • Exercise Therapies
  • Therapies, Exercise
  • Rehabilitation Exercise
  • Exercise, Rehabilitation
  • Exercises, Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Remedial Exercise
  • Exercise, Remedial
  • Exercises, Remedial
  • Remedial Exercises
Applicable MeSH Subheadings:
  • adverse effects
  • classification
  • complications
  • contraindications
  • economics
  • education
  • epidemiology
  • ethics
  • etiology
  • history
  • instrumentation
  • legislation and jurisprudence
  • manpower
  • methods
  • mortality
  • nursing
  • organization and administration
  • pharmacology
  • psychology
  • standards
  • statistics and numerical data
  • supply and distribution
  • therapeutic use
  • therapy
  • trends
  • utilization
  • veterinary
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