Exercise and chiropractic care are both beneficial ways to keep our bodies healthy and functioning properly. Though exercise is primarily used for body toning, weight loss, and physical appearance, it also helps keep the body functioning at an optimal level.
Chiropractic care is beneficial for keeping the body pain-free and helps you recover faster from accidents and injuries. So how would combining these two methods work for the average person? Keep reading and find out!
How Chiropractic Care Can Aid in Your Workout Routine
Chiropractic Care is used to align the body so it is able to function optimally. With a body that isn’t in pain and functioning properly, you can get optimal results during your workouts! There is also a specific type of exercise that combines with chiropractic care. It’s called Therapeutic Exercise.
Information on Therapeutic Exercise
Therapeutic exercise is a range of physical activities that helps restore the physical health. This includes building up physical strength and endurance, and helping with balance, flexibility, and stability.
Returning an injured person to a pain-free and fully functioning state is the goal of therapeutic exercise. Physical therapists and chiropractors oversee and manage this type of therapy. They begin by looking at a patient’s medical history and then evaluate the patient’s physical conditions and capabilities.
Based on the the initial assessment, the treatment plan and workout program will be tailored to the patient’s specific needs. Therapeutic exercise programs emphasize slow progression and are carefully monitored. The care provider will modify the treatment plan as the patient progresses through the treatment.
The two main goals of therapeutic exercise are:
- Reduce pain and Inflammation
- Develop Endurance, Rebuild Muscle Strength, and Regain Range of Motion
These programs may include:
- Balance & Coordination: These exercises put an emphasis on the person’s center of gravity..
- Endurance: Large muscle groups are engaged for a longer period of time.
- Flexibility: Stretching and movement are emphasized.
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment: This movement-based diagnostic system assesses seven movement patterns. It quickly identifies the root cause of musculoskeletal pain symptoms. This allows providers to choose specific activities that will address the underlying issue.
- Strengthening Exercises: The emphasis is on heavy resistance. It also places an emphasis on a limited number of repetitive movements and activities.
Combining exercise and chiropractic care to create an effective treatment for patients benefits a patient’s overall health. Studies have shown that this combination produces significant benefit to the oveall health of the patient.
Those results are the promotion of proper digestion and better circulation as well as keeping muscles in proper tone. So together, these two make a powerhouse health team! If this treatment sounds like it could benefit you, then I recommend talking to a physical therapist or chiropractor. Set up an appointment and see how it can benefit your overall health!
How Exercise Can Aid in Your Chiropractic Treatment
Exercise aids in the relief of a host issues such as lower back pain, prevent ing injuries, and much more. It can also be used to improve posture, range of motion, body functionality, and prevent chronic neck pain.
Prescribed exercise coupled with passive care can be an important component to recovery. Patients who engage in active care become empowered, increasing confidence in their abilities, and improving pain and functionality. A chiropractor can aid in tailoring physical activity that will meet your goals and needs. Here are some ways that exercise can aid in your chiropractic care:
- Increasing Self-Reliance: A corrective exercise program allows you to have an active role in your care. It creates a renewed sense of self-reliance, giving the ability to perform daily activities without fear or risk of injury.
- Decrease Fear-Avoidance: If fear of pain isn’t recognized and addressed early, it can lead to fear avoidance behaviour. By resuming normal activities and exercising, your confidence increases and improves your overall recovery.
- Increase Treatment Effectiveness: The combination of exercise and manual manipulation/mobilization therapy is an effective one. It proves to be the most effective therapy for patients with MSK conditions.
- Minimize Recurrence: Physical activity, in conjunction with manipulation, is likely to improve outcomes and minimize episodic recurrence.
- Long-Term Benefit: Spinal manipulation and/or mobilization plus physical activity demonstrates long-term benefits. These benefits include pain relief, functional improvement, and positive effect for chronic mechanical neck disorders with or without headache.
- Mood Enhancement: When your body feels good, your mood also improves. Physical activity also releases mood enhancing chemicals to keep you on an even keel and reduce stress.
A body that is properly aligned allows it to function properly, as it was meant to. A spine that is in alignment reduces the load on the surrounding bones, joints, and muscles. This allows each muscle to do its job to avoid the need for other muscles to compensate. When the body can perform as it was intended, there is less pain and stress overall.
Exercise keeps the body in great condition. It keeps the muscles tightened and toned, burns fat, and increases your range of motion and flexibility. Other benefits include a reduction in the risk of heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes and many other chronic health conditions.
Weight loss occurs naturally with physical activity, reducing pain and boosting overall health. It also increases self esteem, confidence, and strength.
Exercise is a great tool for preventing injury. It is also an effective way to alleviate pain and improve function. It helps aid in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, like lower back pain.
Maintaining an active and mobile lifestyle helps aid in keeping our MSK and general health in optimal shape. By exercising, you can help prevent pain and injuries. And by exercising before chiropractic adjustments, you’re allowing your body to obtain optimal care.
Talk to your chiropractic about the type of activity that will be most beneficial to your treatment. Depending on what you’re being treated for, the activities suggested will vary from patient to patient. Always be sure to let your chiropractor know of any changes to your condition or any soreness that may occur. This will allow them to make changes as needed, ensuring you will always be doing things beneficial to your health.