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Chiropractic Exercises

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Combining cardiovascular and strengthening exercises with chiropractic care is crucial to the proper management of lower back pain. Several studies have shown the importance of exercises in managing chronic and acute low back pain, which not only strengthens the back, but also improves quality of life.

When combined with chiropractic care, exercises help keep the muscles in properly toned and promote proper digestion and better circulation. But if a chiropractic patient has a history of heart ailments, it is important for them to consult with their physician to ascertain whether they will be able to endure cardiovascular fitness activities.

Usually, the chiropractor gives specific instructions regarding the proper exercise routines that best suit the patient’s condition. These programs generally require a reasonable amount of exercises to be performed daily, while enjoyable activities are recommended for patients undergoing chiropractic treatment. Performing simple household tasks or going on regular short walks is also regarded as an exercise; either way, the important thing is to exercise!

 

Exercises that Complement Chiropractic Care

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There are numerous applicable exercises that are available for patients currently undergoing chiropractic treatment for lower back pain. All of which fall under two broad categories: flexion biased and extension biased. A chiropractor can create an exercises routine that suit each patient's specific condition.

  1. Flexion biased exercises refer to a set of physical exercises that are aimed at enhancing lumbar flexion, strengthen abdominal muscles, and help avoid lumbar extension. This is done in an effort to manage low back pain without resorting to surgery. Exercises like bending forward from a sitting position, pulling the knees to the chest, posterior pelvic tilts, and others are the most common programs in this category.
  2. Extension biased exercises involve the reverse motion of extending the spine backwards. It is a recommended routine which seeks to restore or maintain the lumbar lordosis, the inward curvature of the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine.

For best results, patients can engage in exercises that strengthen the pelvic stabilizing muscles, as well as other postural muscles and tendons like the hamstrings and adductors. A holistic approach is often best so as to spread the benefits of exercise to all parts of the body.

A complete workout that features each type of exercise can help patients truly challenge the endurance and fitness levels of their bodies. It can also help them lose weight and improve their health at the same time.

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Phone: 952-835-0006
7250 France Ave S Suite 111
Edina, MN 55435