What is isokinetic training?

Isokinetic training is a type of exercise training that uses a special machine. The exercise machine creates different levels of resistance. That way, your movements are at a constant speed, no matter how much force you apply. Whatever your strength level is, the machine can always match the amount of force you apply.

Many people use this training in their regular exercise routines. Isokinetic training is also popular for rehabilitating muscles and joints after injuries. Machines are available for all muscle groups. That lets physical therapists test and train your specific muscles and joints. The machines also give measurements, so providers can monitor your progress.

What to expect from isokinetic training

You often work with a physical therapist or occupational therapist before starting a training program. They evaluate your condition and come up with a program that's specific to your needs.

The therapist gives you an overview of the machine and how it works. They can show you how to properly use the equipment. Before starting your exercises, they may adjust the machine to match your current strength and fitness levels. While you're performing the exercises, the therapist takes measurements and monitors your progress.

Depending on the type of injury or condition you have, your training program may require you to do the exercises several times per week. Your therapist may increase the number of repetitions, pace and duration as you gain strength over time. Recovery takes time. You can expect treatment with isokinetic training to last weeks or months.

Because of how the isokinetic machines are designed, you're less likely push yourself past your current abilities. With the right guidance, pulled muscles and other injuries from this training program are also unlikely.

Common conditions requiring isokinetic training

Isokinetic training is effective for treating or helping you recover from a variety of conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle injury
  • Recovery from a medical procedure

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