What are the benefits of adding therapeutic exercises to your chiropractic adjustments and therapies? As a top Raleigh Chiropractor, here is my advice to you.
We’ve all experienced lower back or neck pain at sometime and most want the quickest way to make it go away. Recently, many studies have come out supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments or SMT (spinal manipulative therapy) combined with therapeutic exercises as the most effect effective way to manage lower back pain and neck pain.
In a review of six recently published articles on patients with chronic spine pain it was noted those in the study who exercised showed significantly more improvements than those that did not. Outcomes were classified as pain levels and disability. The increase in outcomes (pain levels decreasing and disability ratings) were not seen among those that did not exercise.
Interestingly enough, the therapeutic exercise the group that did exercise experienced some bone density increases and strength games. Strength gains and bone healthy bone density levels have also been linked to experiencing less back pain.
How and why do therapeutic exercises work?
Therapeutic exercise helps to relieve spine pain by opening and increasing your ranges of motion. Stiff and tight muscles need to be stretched. After receiving a chiropractic adjustment to the spine the joints will be able to move more freely and with more mobility. When you add specific and targeted therapeutic stretches to the muscles around these joints optimal range of motion can be achieved.
Imagine being able to bend over and tie your shoes without low back pain or turning your head while driving without having neck pain. These are some of the benefits I see in my office when combining chiropractic spinal adjustments with targeted therapeutic exercises and stretching.
What should you expect during your treatment for back pain?
It is recommended that in between office visits our patients perform their therapeutic exercises at home. You will first be instructed on how to perform your prescribed therapeutic exercises and stretches during your office visit. Then you will be provided instructional handouts on how to perform your prescribed therapeutic exercises at home on your own.
Our therapeutic exercise prescriptions for back pain include:
Strengthening exercises: Our doctor will evaluate the muscles in your spine, core or extremities that require strengthening. Often times back pain may be managed with core strengthening which included abdominal, hip and spinal stabilizer muscle strengthening.
Flexibility exercises: Our doctor will evaluate muscles in your body that are hyper-contracted, tight and inflexible then instruct you on how to stretch and lengthen these muscles.
Functional movement assessment: Our doctor may provide a functional movement assessment which is a movement based diagnostics system assesses movement patterns allowing us to provide that will address the underlying problem.
In summary, spinal adjustment combined with targeted prescribed therapeutic exercises have been shown to be superior in recent studies where participants had 1. only medication and rest 2. only SMT 3. only therapeutic exercises.
At our Raleigh chiropractic office, Carolina ChiroCare and Rehab, we customize targeted therapeutic physical therapy exercises into your spinal adjustment treatment plan.
Our chiropractic doctor will work with you to customize your therapeutic exercise program to your body and underlying condition while providing you with at home care instruction so there is no confusion.
If you are interested in learning more out therapeutic exercise for the treatment of back pain or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us here.
Dr. Jeffrey Gerdes, D.C.