Chiropractic – Therapeutic Exercise
You already know that exercise is good for your overall health, but did you know it can also aid in your healing and rehabilitation? According to the American Chiropractic Association, the benefits of exercise and chiropractic are synergistically better than they are independently of each other. Spinal conditions in particular respond well to chiropractic adjustments when therapeutic exercise is a part of the treatment plan. At our Springfield chiropractic office, we emphasize the importance of therapeutic exercise and the patient’s active role in their own recovery.
Multiple studies have shown the benefits of therapeutic exercise for musculoskeletal symptoms, such as back pain. A study from the Norwegian Centre for Physiotherapy Research at the University of Bergen in Oslo, Norway found that people who participated in medically supervised exercise therapy experience far less chronic lower back pain than those who engaged in a self-guided exercise regimen. Furthermore, they were also less likely to miss work due to back pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the goal of a therapeutic exercise program?
A therapeutic exercise program is adjusted to the needs and capabilities of the patient. Exercises are designed to strengthen and challenge the joints and muscles, as well as improve overall range of motion and flexibility. Ultimately, we aim to help an injured person return to a pain-free state of optimal function.
What types of exercises are involved in a Springfield therapeutic exercise program?
Our exercise programs may include repetitive resistance training to improve strength, as well as sustained movements designed to engage large muscle groups and improve endurance. We may also implement stretching to help improve flexibility, as well as coordination exercises to improve balance.
Is therapeutic exercise safe if I am recovering from an injury?
All therapeutic exercise programs are overseen by our Springfield chiropractor. Initially, you may be assisted with your therapeutic exercise regimen until you are well enough to complete it on your own. As you make progress, you may be asked to perform movements at home in addition to your office visits in order to expedite your recovery.