Most of us have experienced it at some point: that sudden pain, out of nowhere, that stops you in your tracks. Where did that come from? Sometimes you know (old sports injury, that accident from three years ago, overdoing it working in the yard), but, often, you have no idea what caused that pain. You realize, though, that you need to do something about it. Pain medication is a quick fix, but it isn’t the real solution. Here at Life Care Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we can help relieve your pain through therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise. What does that mean? Simply put, it is deliberate movement employed to return an ailing part of the body to a fully functioning, pain-free state. Typically, this is prescribed after an injury or surgery.
What Are Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Exercises?
Therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises encompass a variety of physical activities that focus on building strength, increasing endurance, and improving flexibility and balance. A joint will perform much better when the muscles supporting it are up to the task. Enhanced movement patters result in lower pain, improved circulation, and reduced inflammation. A good example of this is how low back pain can be greatly reduced by strengthening the core of the body. The more common types of exercises for rehabilitation concentrate on these areas:
- Joint Mobility
- Muscle Training
- Muscular Strength and Endurance
- Relaxation and Relief of Tension
How We Create an Exercise Regimen for You
Before we do any work on your muscles and joints, you will have a consultation with the chiropractor to discuss in depth what issues you are experiencing and what goals you’re looking to achieve. We evaluate your movement, physical capabilities, body type, and activity level in order to determine the right exercises that will help you. For athletes in particular, we’ll look at your habitual movement patterns. What you consider a “normal” movement may, in fact, be faulty and contributing to your pain.
Next, we develop a customized exercise program to help remedy your issues and reach your goals. The program's pacing can vary depending on your condition and individual needs. We’ve helped many patients with complaints in areas such as these:
- Difficulty with Balance and Stability
- Neck Strain/Sprain
- Rotator Cuff and Shoulder
- Knees and Hips
- Generalized or Specific Back Pain (Whole Spine)
- Feet and Ankles
- Pre- and Post-Join Surgery (including Total Knee Replacement)
Finally, we coach you in the proper execution of your prescribed exercises. Working side by side with you, we will progress through a protocol that starts with gaining muscle/body awareness during basic stretches, and then moves on to more challenging exercises as your performance improves. Adopting a regular therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise program will help you return to your daily activities and enjoy a more active, healthy lifestyle.
How Long Does a Treatment Program Last?
It really depends on the severity of the condition or injury as to how long a treatment program will continue. If your condition or injury is mild, treatment may be completed within a few weeks. Typically, patients begin with two to three visits per week. At every visit, you receive your modalities, do your rehabilitative exercises, and see the chiropractor for your adjustment.
For more severe conditions, you may see us three times a week for at least 12 weeks. The chiropractor will review your progress with you at the end of the 12 week period. If you are pain-free, that course of therapy is complete. In general, though, once improvement is noted at any point throughout the treatment program, visit frequency may be reduced. Each case is different, so individual therapy program lengths will vary.
Give us a call to schedule an appointment and we can help get you on the path to a more mobile, healthy and pain-free lifestyle.
“RTE with Russell was painful at first but as time went on, it got easier. It was another key component to my recovery. It does take time and you have to also put the work in at home – thanks a million Russell.”- R.R.