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by Musu Bangura

Physical therapist examining young man's leg at the hospital gym

Most of the times after you’ve been discharged from the hospital or physical therapy, your body is still in need of specialized attention. You’re not quite sure what to do because you’ve gone through all the known protocols of recovery, but you’re still in pain and your body is not back to its normal self at this point. The next best step is Medical Exercise Training (MET). The experience is intimate and the benefits are endless. Here are a few more reasons why MET is the next best step for you:

Reduce risk of relapse

Over the past few decades, physical therapists have learned that the outcome of their patients’ progress depended on the individualized treatment they received post physical therapy. If their treatment only consisted of two or three interventions of physical therapy sessions, relapse would often take place. Now, many physical therapists require MET after their sessions not only because it’s helpful for patients, but it also enables them to have more insight into the physiological aspect of exercise and healing. The last thing a patient needs is a relapse in recovery. Not only is it discouraging, but it also requires more time and money towards medical services. MET helps eliminate such setbacks.

Stay in tune with your body

A lot of things can be overlooked when you’re in the recovery stage and your body is trying to heal from recent trauma or injury. Without individualized exercise sessions, many important things about your recovery can be overlooked. Knowing your body’s resistance level and tolerance for pain is critical in the recovery stages. Your MET specialist will help you to understand how your body is functioning during the recovery period and what exercises work best for you. You’ll also be able to track progress of your rehabilitation which can be very encouraging and give you insight on how your body reacts to specialized treatment. Using Pinpoint Training Services will only enhance the medical exercise experience for you. You’ll experience post-rehab services in the best way possible – all because you’ll become more in tune with your body during a time of rehab and recovery.

MET has gained recognition among health care specialists

MET has played a significant role in the evolution of medicine. Long gone are the days when your physical therapist gives you some exercises to do on your own after treatment sessions. MET has the unique compilation of physical training and a progressive approach to recovery that has shown to be highly effective among patients. This includes specialized equipment such as the angle bench, wall pulley and multi-purpose bench. The body rehabs and builds endurance at the same time, eliminating setbacks and helping to reduce future injury.

What you see encourages you to do more

The term optimal stimulation is often used in the world of MET. This concept involves the use of an external stimulus that’s needed to teach your muscles resistance, repetitions, range of motion and resting periods. An example of this is a person recovering from a stroke going through MET sessions. Once the right type of exercise is determined, the patient learns the right starting position, how far they can perform the exercise without increased pain and when they need to rest. Seeing themselves perform these functions can help them increase and strive to do more exercises without risk of injury. This type of training serves as a strong and healthy intervention in the early stages of the rehabilitation process, which is beneficial for the patient.

MET has amazing effects on different body regions

Only specialized exercise programs can produce long term results for patients seeking therapy. In a recent study published by the National Institutes of Health, a group of 28 patients were divided into two groups. One group received intense, consistent medical exercise treatment over the course of 12 weeks while the second group received much lower doses of treatment with little to no monitoring. A one year follow-up showed that the first group showed continued improvement in their progress while the second group experienced relapse. This particular study focused on patients who were suffering from patello-femoral pain syndrome or knee pain, which is often experienced by athletes or labor workers. In addition to knee pain, MET can also help treat:

  • Total shoulder anthroplasty
  • Post-surgical rotator cuff repair
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Cervical Spine issues
  • Chronic back pain

It’s extremely personalized for you and your progress

Because MET is not a standard exercise program for certain medical conditions, it has endless benefits as to what it actually does. MET helps the specialist and patient develop a program that will be applied during sessions that can be modified at each stage of progress or recovery. Guidelines are developed based on the medical diagnosis to build an effective exercise program – solely for the patient. Each treatment session will consist of certain body movements that are safe for the patient. There will also be precise dosage for each exercise performed, with the possibility of change as you progress in your treatment. That’s a lot more than a standardized exercise program with only basic recommendations for exercise.

Treatment can be cost-effective

With the rising cost of healthcare and maintaining your physical needs, expenses are understandably a concern. Fortunately there are insurance companies that will reimburse for the costs of MET sessions. Pinpoint Training Services specializes in collaborating with your health care provider and insurance company to help you receive reimbursement. Your health is being improved under the treatment of MET; this helps your insurance company save large amounts of money in the long run. Both you and your insurance carrier can benefit from Pinpoint Training Services.

Reference (NIH Study)

(2014). Long-term effects of medical exercise therapy in patients with patello-femoral pain syndrome: results from a single-blinded randomized controlled trial with 12 months follow-up. US National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23764516

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