Rehab and the Chiropractic Lifestyle
Without some form of active care or rehabilitation, recovery from an
injury or a long-standing spinal problem can take longer to achieve.
Overlooking the importance of improved range of motion and muscle
strengthening can result in a relapse, with your original health
problem returning again and again.
Many simple resistance exercises can be done at home to strengthen supportive muscles
An important step towards complete rehabilitation is restoring proper spinal function through chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic rehabilitation involves the restoration of proper joint
function of the spine or extremities, and the strengthening of
supporting muscles and soft tissues. This will usually involve specific
spinal adjustments, combined with a program of stretching, resistance
training, and exercises to improve muscle tone.
Some patients receive a set of simple exercises or “maneuvers” they can
do at home. Other types of injuries will require the use of specialized
equipment to isolate and strengthen specific areas of the spine.
Ask your chiropractic doctor for ways you can speed the healing process
and strengthen the supporting soft tissues of your spine through
Patients enjoy seeing and feeling their progress!
Today’s high-tech equipment can isolate, measure, and strengthen your spine.
When muscles, tendons, or ligaments of the spine are damaged through
work injuries, automobile collisions, overexertion, repetitive motion,
or simply weakened by inactivity, your overall health can be affected.
Without the proper tone in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of your body, you would collapse like a rag doll.
Strengthening the muscles that support your spine can speed the healing process and help avoid a relapse.
Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and
connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the
joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its
optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask your Doctor
of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may
include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations,
nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your
health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.
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