How do we know we are healthy? We feel good, yes but we also feel that our bodies are functioning at an optimal level. We can move in many different ways without pain or difficulty. We breathe fully; we have the strength to take on our daily task. We sleep deeply and digest our food easily and well. We adapt to our surroundings and to the stresses and strains of everyday life with ease. To maintain health, all the systems of our bodies must be functioning properly, and one of the best ways to increase our level of function is with regular exercise.
I’m sure you’ve read over and over again about the benefits of aerobic exercise to your cardiovascular system, and how weight training can increase muscle tone and even bone density. You’ve probably heard how exercise can improve digestion, elimination, respiration, lymph flow, and increase the efficiency of almost every single organ in the body. So I’m not going to focus on many of those well-proven results. Instead, I want to talk about how certain forms of exercise can provide some surprising benefits to the health and functioning of your central nervous system.
The spinal cord is surrounded by the vertebrae, which are supported by a complex interrelated system of soft tissues, including cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Now, like all muscles, those surrounding and supporting the spine can become weakened through disuse or strained through misuse. If you’ve ever had the unpleasant experience of pulling a muscle in your back, you know what I mean!
It used to be that if someone complained of back pain, the recommended course of treatment was complete bed rest for several weeks. This prescription has been completely reversed in recent years, as evidence has continued to mount proving that mild exercise helps to reduce the severity and recurrence of back pain in most patients. Even conventional medical doctors now agree that patients with back pain should be encouraged to keep moving and even do some gentle exercise as quickly as possible.
Chiropractors have long been interested in the effect of exercise on back pain, and there have been numerous studies done on one the effectiveness of exercise, spinal adjustments in the most effective treatment for restoring optimal functioning to the body, far exceeding the results of exercise or adjustment alone.
Here at Active Spine in Mooresville we are going to provide the best possible care. When we have a patient with acute pain, we are going to give him or her exercises right away. First we need to stabilize the subluxation and get the muscles moving properly again. Remember chiropractic care is all about restoring the fullest range of motion possible, and one of the best ways to do that is exercise.
If your suffering with acute pain, now is the time to act! Let’s fix the situation before it becomes a problem! Contact us and schedule an appointment. First time visiting us learn all about your first visit here.
Dr Spencer Charlet
Chiropractor in Mooresville