Chiropractic and Exercise
From Malik Slosberg, D.C.
“Back and neck problems usually begin with an acute episode which heals quickly. However, much recent evidence indicates that these problems tend to reoccur, with gradually increasing pain and disability.
Many studies have found that the best predictor of a new episode of back pain is a previous one.
It is now understood that back and neck pain are similar to asthma. They are both chronic, intermittent problems that occur periodically over the course of a lifetime, rather than an acute disease that can be cured. Like asthma, back and neck problems must be managed and kept under control.
Two thirds of people who have had back pain in the past are likely to have symptoms every year. There are more than 100 million back pain sufferers a year in the United States.
If tissue heals with poor function, symptoms can persist long after they heal. Such areas may become chronic and at risk of re-injury.
A good long term recovery is best achieved by restoring function. The back and neck are used every day. If they are injured and function is not restored, they will get hurt again due to the repetitive stress they are exposed to in the course of everyday life.
Exercise training is effective in preventing back and neck pain.
Proper exercise improves muscle strength, endurance, and motor control, enhancing the way muscles work together to stabilize the spine, protect it from injury, and decrease pressure on discs, joints, and ligaments.
Chiropractic care increases the benefits of exercise by restoring and maintaining movement and function, as well as, reducing pain and relaxing muscle spasm.
Chiropractic empowers patients, encouraging them to play an active role in their care. Patients work together with their doctor to understand their health problems, gain a sense of confidence, effectiveness, motivation, and control of their own health.
Chiropractic and exercise help restore and maintain health, function, activity levels, and quality of life.”