Circuit therapy, also referred to as circuit training and circuit class therapy, comprises repetitive practice of task-specific exercises and activities. Participants typically perform progressive functional exercises as a series of workstations or individualized exercises. Circuit therapy commonly addresses goals relating to improved mobility and/or use of the affected upper extremity. Circuit class therapy is completed in a group setting with at least 2 participants to each therapist. The group format is believed to be advantageous as it allows participants to observe others completing similar movements or exercises, and the social element may also aide compliance (English & Hillier, 2010).
Authors: Annabel McDermott, OT; Dr Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT.