In conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, modalities such as traction, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and heat may be used to help reduce muscle spasms and swelling, and improve muscle range of motion, balance, and strength.
A management plan is developed with the patient. Goals of improving movement, increasing strength, and a better quality of life are the standards that we aim for.
Relaxing Stretches help stabilize the spinal structure, improve flexibility, and rid the body of stress. Patients will feel the muscle tension drain away by doing these stretches on a regular basis.
Corrective Exercises are highly effective at strengthening the body and are tailored to the patient’s specific condition. When done on a regular basis, these exercises help maintain good posture, build muscle strength, and prevent problems from recurring.
The following are considered the four core spinal stabilization exercises:
Works the extensor muscles of the spine, abdominals and back muscles to increase lower back strength and balance. Starting on all fours, simultaneously extend the right arm forward and the left leg back, then alternate.
This yoga pose gently stretches and strengthens the spine, particularly in the pelvic area and lower lumbar spine. Lying face down, place hands on the ground next to the shoulders. Lift the chest up by engaging the muscles of the neck, shoulders, back, and hips, gazing upwards and keeping the abdominals engaged.
This static exercise, where the body stays in one position, improves posture and strengthens the back, shoulders, arms, glutes, waistline, and hamstrings. Lie face down with legs extended and elbows bent and directly under shoulders. Contract your abs, then tuck your toes to lift your body (forearms remain on the ground). You should be in a straight line from head to toe. Hold for 60 seconds.
This exercise builds strength and endurance in the abs, back, and hamstrings, and helps support proper posture and improve balance. From the plank position, press your right side into the mat and turn your body so that your weight is on the outer edge of your right foot. Stack your left foot on top. Bring your torso up and away from the floor, while extending your left arm with fingers pointed toward the sky. Hold for 60 seconds, then return to the plank position and repeat on the left side.
While there are many other exercises (too many to list here), the above-mentioned group will greatly improve spine and muscle strength, mobility, and function.