To manage lower back pain, it is essential to combine cardiovascular and strengthening exercises with chiropractic care. This is because patients with heart problems need to consult with both a chiropractor and their primary care physician to be certain that they can tolerate cardiovascular fitness-promoting exercises and activities.
Chiropractic treatments include a practical amount of exercises and activities that need to be performed daily. Explicit exercise instructions are provided by the chiropractor for the patient's condition before the commencement of any exercise program.
Benefits of Exercise
Studies have indicated that exercises can help in reducing acute and chronic lower back pain. It also strengthens the back and improves the quality of life. When exercises are combined with chiropractic care, it increases digestion, promotes better circulation, and keeps the muscles in proper tone.
Walking briskly at least once or twice a day is the most popular and convenient forms of exercises. Various forms of work and / or household tasks can also function as an exercise program.
Various Types of Exercises
Flexion biased (if a patient is comfortable bending over)
Pulling the knees to the chest
Posterior pelvic tilts
Bending forward from a sitting position and others.
Extension biased (if a patient is least symptomatic in extension, especially if leg pain centralizes or diminishes)
Prone press-up type exercises
Other exercises that can help reduce lower back pain include
Strengthening of the pelvic stabilizing muscles (trunk muscles)
Stretching of the hamstrings, adductors, and other overly short or tight postural muscles
Proprioceptive or balance promoting
What is PNF Stretching?
PNF stands for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, or you might know it as Active Assisted Stretching. It’s used to increase range of motion and to decrease risk of future injury. At Elswick Chiropractic & Associates we use it to help bring you back to health. We will walk you through these stretches safely and slowly so you learn them just as well as your body. It’s important to stretch when doing regular exercise but with past injuries it’s even more important which is why we are here to help every step of the way. It’s affective and efficient and can help you in a variety of ways. Speak with our staff for more information about our Exercise Science.
Evident Efficacy of Exercise in Chiropractic Care
Based on reports from the Scientific Commission of the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP), evidences show that:
Exercises are as effective as other non-surgical treatments for chronic low back pain
Use of a graded-activity exercise programs in occupational settings can heal subacute lower back pain
Exercises are no more effective than other non-surgical treatments for acute lower back pain
It is essential for chiropractors to perform an intensive review of an exercise program subsequent to its initial therapeutic trial to regulate its effectiveness on the patient. For example, chiropractors can determine the effectiveness of an exercise by measuring the spinal range of motion.
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"Dr. Elswick and Dr. Swan are wonderful! I was barely functioning when I started. I now have a full range of motion, feel so much better, and rarely have migraines let alone headaches. Highly recommend them and their massage therapists!" - Nancy Saxma
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