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Home Exercises: Supplementing Your Chiropractic Care

These days, there’s a plethora of evidence and research suggesting that a combination of chiropractic care and exercise can do wonders for sufferers of chronic pain—and in many cases, this combination may be even more …

These days, there’s a plethora of evidence and research suggesting that a combination of chiropractic care and exercise can do wonders for sufferers of chronic pain—and in many cases, this combination may be even more effective than surgery. At PMR, we’re always looking for ways to improve our patients’ experiences that are non-surgical, non-invasive, and holistic. With that philosophy in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the ways in which chiropractic care can be supplemented with regular exercise.

Benefits of Exercise

Although chiropractic care is one of the most effective methods for treating chronic pain and discomfort, research suggests that chiropractic is particularly effective when paired with an exercise regimen. In fact, several studies have emphasized the important role that exercise plays in managing pain and improving quality of life for those living with chronic pain and related issues. Though there are many reasons that exercise is a good supplement to other forms of care, some of the most prominent include exercise’s role both in improving circulation and in strengthening muscles in the affected area.

Getting Some Cardio In

Aerobic exercise is one of the easiest and most effective ways to supplement one’s overall health, and chronic pain is no exception. Among other benefits, regular aerobic exercise improves blood flow in the affected area, while strengthening and toning the muscles that surround the joints.

Because every patient has different needs, goals, and limitations—and because health risks may be associated with some cardiovascular activity, for certain patients—it’s important to consult with both your physician and chiropractor before beginning an exercise program. Exercise programs can be tailored to each individual’s preferences and abilities, but anything from a brief, brisk walk to a competitive pickup game can make a big difference when practiced regularly.

Home Exercises for Pain Management

At PMR, our chiropractors often recommend a routine of home exercises to supplement your chiropractic care—in fact, it’s one of the simplest and most beneficial ways to improve your chronic pain. The specific exercises will depend on the patient and the condition, and can be adjusted based on the severity of the pain. Several simple exercises can be completed to improve muscle strength and range of motion for the lower back, neck, and other commonly affected areas.

For more information on supplementing your chiropractic care with simple exercises that can be completed at home, give us a call at PMR today!

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