Total Chiropractic Therapy And The Importance Of Exercise
A number of studies have confirmed the importance of exercise in managing acute and chronic low-back pain.
Combined with proper chiropractic care, aerobic exercise can help strengthen the lower back as well as the abdominal muscles. It can help promote proper digestion and better circulation. It can keep patients working and improve the quality of their lives.
For patients undergoing chiropractic treatment, a reasonable amount of daily exercise is recommended. It should comprise activities that are not too strenuous, that can be done in a relatively short time, and that are enjoyable to do. Walking briskly around the block once or twice, for example, is a convenient and popular activity for chiropractic patients.
Alternatively, a systematic Low-Back Exercise Program can also be implemented in conjunction with chiropractic care. It should be done on a firm surface, such as the floor, with or without a mat. Also, your physician prior to beginning should approve the program. And it should be suspended if the patient experiences any pain while working out.
Following are the basic components of a Low-Back Exercise Program….
1) Exercise #1: Pelvic Tilt (Abdominal Tightening)
• While standing or lying on your back, tighten the abdominal and buttock muscles so as to flatten your back. If lying down, flatten your back against the surface.
• Contract the muscles for a slow count of 4
• Relax the muscles for a slow count of 4
• Repeat 6 times each session.
2) Exercise #2: Pelvic Lift
• Lie on your back with your knees flexed and together, and your feet flat on the floor as close to your buttocks as possible.
• Tighten the muscles of the lower abdomen and buttocks so as to flatten your low back against the floor.
• Slowly raise your hips off the floor, and hold for a slow count of 4
• Repeat exercise 6 times.
3) Exercise #3: Knee-Chest
• Lie on your back and draw your right knee up to your chest. Pull the knee down upon your chest.
• Do this for a slow count of 4. Repeat this exercise 6 times with the right knee. Relax between each knee-chest exercise for a few seconds.
• Repeat the same exercise with the left knee.
• Repeat with both knees brought up to the chest. Do this for a slow count of 4. Repeat this exercise 6 times.
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