July 12, 2016

Back pain slows life. Back pain disables. Back pain eases with exercise and care. 50% relief is a good outcome in the world of back pain relief be it with exercise or surgery or non-surgical care like chiropractic. In the non-surgical realm, combining non-surgical, chiropractic care at Young Chiropractic with Cox Technic and exercise even improves the odds for even more back pain relief. In this article, Young Chiropractic is sharing how exercise can really be of value to our Easley chiropractic patients. Exercise is something our Easley back pain patients can control; you can choose to exercise or not. Choosing to exercise just boosts your chance of short term and long term relief. 

One research team states in their report that “The most effective intervention [for back pain] is exercise, with higher benefits in terms of pain and function.” (1) That's a bold statement though hopeful for Easley back pain sufferers. Experience of your Easley chiropractor allows confidence that back pain relief is possible with a multi-prong approach to care. Young Chiropractic offers chiropractic care’s multi-prong approach of spinal manipulation,exercisenutrition, physiological therapeutics and more. Young Chiropractic helps Easley back pain sufferers regain some control over their back pain by exercising.

Young Chiropractic will hear our Easley patients say “Exercise takes so much time.” Some exercises take very little time. Some exercises have multiple benefits. Learn those, and take less time to exercise. Take for example running in place – any time, any place. It strengthens the abdominal muscles which support the spine. (2) The erector spinae muscles in the spine are important in supporting the spine, too. Ironically, though, the specific-targeting back extension exercises don’t activate the upper lumbar erector spinae or the lumbosacral erector spinae as well as simple running. (3) Easley back pain patients are in luck then. A little running is effective in multiple ways.

Now, Young Chiropractic knows that chronic non-specific low back pain influences trunk and lower limb movement (like the knee joint). (4) Young Chiropractic therefore reminds our Easley low back pain patients to be careful when walking and/or running but to keep moving.

If you doubt the good of exercise, consider that exercise improves pain and function and relieves depression and anxiety related to back pain. (1) Depression is a real issue when you have back pain. Due to pain or the fear of pain, Young Chiropractic finds that our Easley back pain patients will sometimes avoid doing what they usually do like playing with the grandkids or gardening or taking the dog for a walk. Researchers report that exercise done properly helps heal the body and ease the mind!

One last note, especially if you are not an exercise buff, is that even elite athletes like marathon runners get back pain. As a matter of fact, half of runners in a half marathon reported back pain. These same runners, though, report that running the marathon despite their pain improved their pain (49%) rather than worsened it (27%). (5) Isn’t that inspiring?

Contact Young Chiropractic. Your Easley chiropractor isn’t going to insist that you become a marathon runner. Promise! But Young Chiropractic will be encouraged to exercise: just walk or run (in place or a distance). Whatever exercise is recommended for you will be for you and no one else! Exercise is one of the prongs in Young Chiropractic’s Easley chiropractic care treatment plan for you.