Progressive Chiropractic Exercises

PROGRESSIVE EXERCISE

Utilizing neuromuscular reeducation we rapidly accelerate the correction in the spine by gently warming the body up for the adjustment. We do this with specific, light exercise designed to warm the discs, stretch the muscles and retrain the muscles and nerves that stabilize the spine. This progressively improves posture, strengthens alignment and maintains stability.

We also teach our patients special exercises designed to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction by as much as 30-40%. This enhances the treatment process and helps maintain healing benefits, as well as reducing the likelihood of future problems.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES OUR SYSTEM AND TECHNIQUES?

• We take x-rays of the entire spine using an aligned x-ray machine.  Practitioners can classify the various displacement configurations (balanced or unbalanced) according to soft tissue failures, stress, and function.
• We compare our prospective patients’ x-rays with measures for normal.
• We do not automatically accept prospective patients for care. Prospective patients are examined to determine ‘if’ and ‘how’ they will respond to care.
• By having our patients participate in home care, it allows for faster correction.
• Our corrective care patients prepare for adjustments with warm up exercises and stretching with the Wobble Chair and Repetitive Cervical Traction.
• The adjustments increase the joint mobility so that rehabilitative exercises can take advantage of an increased range of motion.
• We treat patients in three distinct phases: Phase I-Acute Care; Phase II-Rehabilitation & Correction, Phase III-Maintenance & Supportive Care.
• Our patients are re-evaluated after Acute Care and after Rehabilitation & Correction to assess progress.
• Before moving from one phase of care to another, we show proven correction with post-treatment x-rays and the comparison to pre-treatment x-rays.

Why do we put so much emphasis on muscle rehabilitation, especially isometric exercise procedures?
“Spinal muscles are made up of two types of fibers: phasic and postural. Most muscles contain both types of fibers but one can be predominant within a muscle. Kinetic exercises like those used in gyms work for phasic muscles. They’ll gain strength and endurance within 90 days. Postural muscles require exercising eight times longer. And they respond best to isometric exercise.”

How does the Wobble Chair address the aging process positively?
“‘You’re just getting older’ is a catch-all for common musculoskeletal complaints of neck, arm, shoulder, back, and leg pain. It’s a feeble explanation, especially when the pain can be eliminated and the cause of spinal dysfunction and pathology can be arrested, reversed, and prevented.
All of the chemicals and materials of normal spinal discs are present even in pathological and aged spinal discs. But spinal discs don’t have their own blood supply so there has to be another way to pump the nutritious fluids into discs and then squeeze out wastes. While physical activity can create a pumping force, Vert Mooney, M.D., a world-renown researcher and orthopedic surgeon cites loading and unloading the lumbar discs as the best way to create a pumping force that produces fluid exchange. And that’s exactly what the Wobble Chair does. For a strong, healthy, pain-free back at any age, we prescribe performing loading and unloading exercises with the Wobble Chair daily.”

SPINAL HYGIENE EXERCISES:

Similar to the Wobble Chair exercises, regular spinal hugiene promotes a healthy spine.  These should be performed twice daily.  Much like brushing your teeth promotes healthy teeth and prevents decay, your spinal hygiene is even more important to prevent degeneration of your spinal bones and discs.  These will be recommended at a certain point of care to assist in the correction and maintenance of your structure.