Strengthening the muscles that support your spine can speed the healing process and help avoid relapse.
When muscles, tendons, or ligaments of the spine are damaged through work injuries, car accidents, overexertion, repetitive motion, or simply weakened by inactivity, your overall health is affected. This is especially important when we think about the importance of our muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Since without any of them we would collapse like a rag doll unable to support ourselves in the slightest way.
An important step towards complete rehabilitation is restoring proper spinal function through chiropractic adjustments.
Without some form of 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.
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.
Many simple resistance exercises can be done at home to strengthen supportive muscles.
Some clients 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 health process and strengthen the supporting soft tissues of your spine through appropriate rehabilitation.