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To put into action, practice, or force; to make use of something, such as a right or option.

To exercise dominion over land is to openly indicate absolute possession and control.

To exercise discretion is to choose between doing and not doing something, the decision being based on sound judgment.

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Subcategory Description Passive Exercise Any joint movement that is done by therapist or outside source without active participation of patient.
The studies reviewed herein indicate that passive exercise and sensory stimulation treatments were not effective, but active exercise treatments such as CPAP (strength building) and biofeedback (range of motion) were successful in some cases.
In this section, we review three such strategies for providing therapy to promote plasticity and recovery: (1) use of passive exercise, (2) use of active modes of exercise, and (3) use of neuroprostheses for electrical activation of motoneurons and sensory afferents.
And Yvonne is only partly joking when she says that if all else fails, they also stock Slendertone passive exercise machines for the truly committed couch potatoes.
* Do passive exercise in slow exact movements; this will start to retrain muscles.
I'll give an example, again involving employee benefit plans: Some treasurers supervise investment programs for their pension and savings plans as a passive exercise, receiving reports from money managers, trustees, and consultants.
Also, the remedial exercises provided by the experienced chiropractors use a combination of active and passive exercise to restore and improve the client's musculoskeletal health.
A gallery of patient photos and treatment utilizing a specialized scoliosis traction chair demonstrates the passive exercise therapy performed by the patient at the clinic or at home.
To further assist him, his adoptive parents included regular swimming sessions into his routine, following a starter lesson at the Delmon Kennel and Cattery, and passive exercises to help with his mobility.

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