Functional Rehabilitation is an extension of the traditional elements of physical therapy, which aims to return persons to their normal functional level, whether in sport, at work, or at home. Post injury, the focus of these exercises is on reestablishing normal coordination and integration of spinal and extremity function. Changes in movement caused by the body trying to adapt to pain can affect persons long term, even after the pain has resolved, if not corrected.
To achieve coordinated movement, all the muscles and joints of the body have to work together. When one area of the body is injured, it can affect other areas, resulting in further problems. Functional rehabilitation utilizes exercises to help correct imbalances in the body.