What is Active movement in Physiotherapy? | Hey Physio

Active exercise is an exercise in which the patient exerts force to complete an action, e.g. standing up from the bed. The Physiotherapist is typically a supervisor and provides little to no assistance to the patient unless a problem arises i.e. fall.

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The movement performed within the unrestricted ROM controlled by the voluntary contraction of the muscle is known by Active Movement in Physiotherapy.


Classification of Active Movement

1- Active assisted exercise: 

In which assistance is provided by an outside force, either manual or mechanical when muscle strength is inadequate to complete the motion.

2- Active free exercise:

 In which the voluntary contraction of the muscle can perform full ROM against gravity.

3- Active resisted exercise: 

In which the voluntary contraction of the muscle is resisted by an outside force.

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