DOVES offers three Therapeutic Exercise programs to improve the health and lives of our clients. Each program covers a broad range of functional tasks intended to enhance cardiovascular, strength and flexibility.
It is always important to consult your physician before starting any exercise program.
What is it: Cardiovascular exercise is the use of large muscle groups in rhythmic motions over a period of time. Cardio workouts get your heart pumping and may even make you feel a little short of breath. Basic Cardio exercises include walking, biking, stair climbing, swimming, jumping jacks, leg raises, chair rows, and dancing.
Why it’s good for you: A properly developed cardio program helps lessen fatigue and shortness of breath. It further promotes independence by improving endurance for daily activities such as walking, dressing, bathing, house cleaning, and errands. More>>
What is it: Strength training builds muscle with repetitive motion using weight or external resistance from body weight, machines, free weights, or elastic bands.
Why it’s good for you: Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass, builds muscle, and improves balance - both important in staying active and avoiding falls. Strength training can improve your speed while crossing the street, for example, or prevent falls by enabling you to react quickly if you start to trip or lose balance. Building strength will help you stay independent and make day-to-day activities easier such as opening a jar, getting in and out of a car, and lifting objects. More>>
What is it: Bend/Stretch exercises challenge the ability of your body’s joints to move freely through a full range of motion. TheraCise uses passive bend/stretch techniques in which an external force exerts upon the limb to move it into the new position.
Why it’s good for you: Helps your body stay limber and increases your range of movement for ordinary physical activities such as looking behind while driving, tying your shoes, shampooing your hair, and playing with your grandchildren. More>>