KEEP MOVING WITH THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE
THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE
At Hummel Chiropractic, we offer therapeutic strengthening and stretching exercises for patients with back, neck and extremity pain. We perform a patient evaluation to determine an exercise program that is best for each patient. We monitor patients during this phase to make any necessary changes.
These exercises will improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use.
We will show you how to do the exercises and supervise you until you are comfortable doing them on your own. It’s important to keep up with your exercises as we have found individuals who follow their exercise instructions heal faster than those who do not.
THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE BENEFITS
Many studies have reported the importance of exercises in managing acute and chronic pain, and strengthening the back, neck and body, to help keep patients working and to improve quality of life.
Overall, when combined with chiropractic care, exercise also helps promote proper digestion, keeps the muscles in proper tone and promotes better circulation.
Walking briskly is a convenient activity to add to the overall exercise program.
Therapeutic exercises can:
- Decrease pain
- Prevent muscle deterioration
- Promote joint health
- Increase strength
- Improve stability and balance
- Enhance range of motion
- Protect against new or recurring injuries
TYPES OF EXERCISE
There are many applicable therapeutic exercises that are available for patients. However, the specific exercises are customized depending on where the pain is located, how severe it is, and how comfortable each person feels in different exercise modes.
Overall, therapeutic exercises can be put into two types of categories: isotonic exercises and isometric exercises. Isometric exercises are often the first type to begin with and involve muscle contractions without joint movement. Isotonic exercises include repetitive joint movement. Patients often begin with isometric exercises before moving on to isotonic movements.
Therapeutic stretching is also an important way to prevent scar tissue from forming after an injury. Even after an injury has healed, maintaining a regular stretching regime helps increase mobility, keep tissues flexible, and protects you from new injuries. As with our therapeutic exercise program, we will instruct you on proper stretching techniques and will supervise you until you are comfortable with them.