Research studies have shown that people make more mistakes & are less compliant with therapeutic exercise when they're given instructional handouts to follow instead of instructional exercise videos.1-3 In one study, patients who were given handouts had twice the error rate compared to patients who received video instruction.3 Frustrated by the limitations of exercise handouts, we created TherapeuticExerciseVideos.com. This site is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional exercise selection and guidance. Consult a qualified healthcare professional before attempting the exercises on this website. Exercise modeling is important and most effective when demonstrated by a professional at periodic moments during the skill acquisition process.4 If you have suggestions for improving this website, let us know.
1. Cherkin DC, et al. Pitfalls of patient education. Limited success of a program for back pain in primary care. Spine 1996; 21:345-55.
2. Cherkin DC, et al. A comparison of physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, and provision of an educational booklet for the treatment of patients with low back pain. N Engl J Med 1998; 339:1021-9.
3. Reo JA, Mercer VS. Effects of live, videotaped, or written instruction on learning an upper-extremity exercise program. Phys Ther 2004; 84:622-33.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why won't the videos play on my computer?
A: You need to have a Flash player installed on your computer to play the videos. Click here to get the latest (free) version of Adobe Flash.
Q: Can I view the videos in full-screen format?
A: Click on the button at the bottom right corner of each video to view in full screen. Click the same button again (or press the Esc key on your keyboard) to minimize the video. In some browsers, pressing the "F" key will enlarge a video.
Q: How do I find the video(s) I want to view?
A: You can use the Index page to find your videos or use the tabs at the top of each page to locate videos by body region. If you still can't find what you were looking for, send us a message, indicating which exercise(s) you were looking for. We’ll be adding more exercises over time & prioritizing these based on number of requests.
Q: A friend is having pain (or a problem) similar to mine. Should I encourage them to perform the exercises I have been prescribed?
A: No--the exercises prescribed for you might not be appropriate for your friend. They should consult with a qualified health care professional about their pain or problem first.