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What do exercise and chiropractic care have in common?

Both help to maintain your health when done on a regular basis. When used in conjunction, the two complement each other and can have a variety of positive impacts.

We’re told to complete at least 30mins of exercise every day. Why?

That’s because exercise benefits the body as well as the mind. Studies show regular exercise, such as walking, can improve heart health, memory, productivity and energy while also reducing stress and weight gain. Depending on the type of exercise, you can also increase muscle mass, strength, flexibility, the list goes on.  It makes us feel good and when we feel good, we can achieve more.

Similarly, chiropractic care works best when it is a regular part of your health and wellness routine. Just as we take our car to the mechanic for a regular service, so too must we regularly ‘service’ our bodies to keep them in good working order. Studies show seeing your chiropractor on a regular basis can reduce pain in the back, neck, hips, joints, and various other locations around the body and prevent joint immobility and spinal postural issues. It’s all about promoting healthy movement.

Benefits of combining exercise and chiropractic care

When looking at the two modalities in isolation, we can see clearly the benefits of each. Imagine the results you could achieve by combining the two! Here’s a few:

  1. Increase independence: Once your Chiropractor has become aware of you condition and/or the root cause of your discomfort, a corrective care and exercise program can be put in place, giving you the ability and responsibility to play an active role in your care. This also leads to an increase in confidence allowing you to work on strengthening your body, rather than being overwhelmed by fear that the slightest movement may be detrimental to your recovery.
  2. Treatment can increase exercise effectiveness: pain or lack of necessary mobility can increase your risk of incurring an exercise related injury. Your chiropractic care can reduce your pain and its associated debilities, improving neuro-musculoskeletal function and assisting greater benefits gained from exercise.
  3. Exercise can increase treatment effectiveness: Before we play sport, we give the body adequate time to warm up to avoid strain and injury and to improve performance. Exercise releases built up tension in the body, creating flexibility which can greatly aid your chiropractor’s ability to adjust you, because the body is more relaxed.
  4. Long-term benefit: With exercise, a person can target muscles as well joints and ligaments. Balancing exercise with chiropractic care keeps the body well aligned, maintains healthy function, and ensures proper joint and ligament flexibility ultimately resulting in reduced pain and improved overall strength and stability.

So if you’re wondering what exercise/s would best complement your current chiropractic care, why not ask?

Whether it’s walking, swimming, yoga, Pilates, gym or a combination, Aidan is happy to discuss this during your consultation in order to find the right recommendation for you.


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