Chiropractors may recommend some therapeutic exercise as part of their treatment or to enhance other treatments and help with a patient's general well being. Corrective and postural exercise may help in maintaining good spinal health. Certain things usually are taken into account when exercise is prescribed. History of the patients must be looked out to make sure it supports the use of exercise. After an examination, the type of exercise prescribed depends on what a patient needs. The exercises recommended usually have to with the kind of problem a patient is experiencing.
Exercise can help sprains or strains, muscle spasms, capsular sprain and other types of pain. It can also help upper extremity and lower extremity injuries if the pathphysiology is known. Soft tissue injuries can improve because exercise increases the strength of muscles, tendons and fascial strength. Exercise restores strength to muscle groups, increase blood flow to injured tissues and prevent formation of fibrinous adhesions. Muscle deterioration can be prevented muscle deterioration and joint health restored. Neuromuscular retraining can be added to an exercise program. Muscles need to work properly in order to be strong enough to stabilize joints.
Isometric exercises are often recommended at the beginning of treatment. Elastic bands and light weights shouldn't be used until Isometric exercise can be done at different angles without pain. Flexibility exercises can loosen tight muscles and keep the spine in the correct position. Stretching exercises can increase flexibility but shouldn't be overdone. More intense exercises may be prescribed after the spinal muscles start becoming stronger. Safe forms of aerobic exercise such as swimming or using a stair stepper can also help in recovery of spine problems.
One type of therapeutic exercise that's very good for back pain is called partial or a partial sit up. Lie on the floor and support your neck with a pillow and bend both knees. Keep your feet on the floor and raise your hands as you slowly reach for your knees. The only thing that needs raised is your head, neck and upper back. This position should be held for 5 seconds. Another exercise is called Hip. You lie on your back and put both hands out at your sides. Bend you knees and left your feet until it almost touches your buttocks. The knees should be held together while you slowly rotate to the right. Hold till you count to 10 and slowly bring back both feet to the middle. Repeat to the left.
Always ask your doctors opinion before you do any exercises. This includes people with osteoporosis, recent surgery and pregnant women shouldn't exercise. It's best to do only the exercises that were prescribed for your particular condition. Stop immediately if symptoms such as nausea, dizziness or blurred vision occur while doing any exercise. Exercise shouldn't be done in the heat because it could cause fainting. If you have a flu or virus you need to rest and not exercise. Don't overdo it or you could make your symptoms worse. It's important to listen to your own body.