Nearly everyone has some degree of imbalance in their body. These occur when one part of the body is overworked to compensate for another part’s weakness. For example, you may walk more heavily on one leg than the other or sit slightly twisted because it is more comfortable. Unfortunately, our bodies are constantly being twisted into unnatural positions by our day to day activities, such as spending long hours sitting in front of a computer screen or carrying out lifting without using the proper techniques. Over time, these imbalances can lead to us developing injuries and experiencing chronic discomfort that could prompt us to seek chiropractic treatment.
There are lots of different techniques used in chiropractic care. One of these is corrective exercises. Corrective exercises are a blend of personal fitness training and physical therapy in order to help chiropractic patients overcome injuries and strengthen their bodies so that they can function optimally. Chiropractic corrective exercises are different from other regular exercise programs. This is because they are not only specifically tailored to the individual needs of each patient, but they are also developed to help correct the body’s structure and bring it back into its normal state.
There are many different types of corrective exercises that your chiropractor may suggest. These could include movements like hamstring stretches, hip stretches, knee lifts and pulling the knees to the chest. Your personal corrective exercise program will reflect the areas of the body in which you need the most support.
Exactly how will these exercises help? Here are some of the key benefits of chiropractic corrective exercises.
Reduce or eliminate pain. Living with pain can be very upsetting and debilitating, particularly when your discomfort is significant and/or chronic. Many people are unhappy to be reliant on pain medications and find their constant state both mentally and physically exhausting. Studies have shown that when corrective exercises are combined with regular chiropractic adjustments, it can provide relief from many different types of pain.
Faster healing. Corrective exercises can bring the body back into alignment, which in turn increases blood flow and circulation, sending more oxygenated blood around the body. This promotes tissue healing, reduces swelling and inflammation, and helps to counteract pain.
Increased strength and flexibility. Our musculoskeletal system is what gives our body form, enabling us to stand, walk, run, bend, lift, twist, and more. When there are problems that affect our musculoskeletal system, it can make these actions difficult, and this can compromise certain aspects of our day to day lives. Corrective exercises can help to develop and strengthen your muscles and connective tissues, making your body stronger, more flexible, and more durable.
Better posture. Most of us are guilty of having poor posture at some time or another. Corrective exercises can be used to improve your posture and eliminate many of the issues associated with poor posture.
Injury prevention. Corrective exercises will not only help to heal your injury more quickly but by strengthening the body, it could help reduce the possibility of further injuries occurring in the future.
For more information about corrective exercises, or to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns, please call our chiropractic office today.