Therapeutic Exercises

Therapeutic Exercises

Exercise is good for everyone to maintain your health. However, therapeutic exercises are even more important for those injured in motor vehicle accidents, personal injury cases, and work-related injuries. These same principles of strengthening and rehabilitation apply to our Weston chiropractic patients who suffer from degenerative joint disease, back pain, sports injuries, neck pain, sciatica and even arthritis.  Therapeutic exercises generally target the muscles of the neck, abdomen and back.

Our Weston chiropractic treatments are generally done in the office, but there are a range of therapeutic exercises you can do at home to compliment your chiropractic adjustments. We will design a therapeutic program tailored directly to the goals you are trying to achieve. Whether you are trying to improve joint mobility, strengthen your spinal and abdominal muscles, or increase spine flexibility, or even all three, we will develop a one-on-one therapeutic program to get you back to the normal strides of your everyday life.

Additionally, if you’re an athlete, we may develop a program to help you recover from sports injuries or to prevent injuries.

The Types of Therapeutic Exercises We Advise:

The therapeutic exercises we promote to our patients can generally be divided into one of two categories:

1. Isotonic exercises – involve repetitive joint movement (e.g. bicep curls).

2. Isometric exercises – involve muscle contractions without joint movement (e.g. holding a weight at arm’s length while stationary).

Depending on your level of physical fitness, strength, condition, and mobility, our Weston chiropractors generally begin with isometric exercises before moving to isotonic.

What Are The Benefits Of Therapeutic Exercise?

  • Restoring strength, endurance, and bulk to detrained muscle groups. This is the fundamental basis of returning a patient back to prior functional capacity.
  • Increased blood flow to injured tissues to quicken the onset of the healing process.
  • Prevent formation of fibrinous adhesions with active muscle contraction and joint motion, and reduce them after their formation.
  • Neuromuscular retraining, defined as moving a muscle against resistance to retrain neural pathways that have been previously inhibited by pain or immobilization of a motor unit. This prevents the entrenching of improper or nonoptimum neuromuscular patterns of movement that may later cause pain after a sudden uncoordinated movement. An example might be abnormal tightness in intrinsic muscles that can produce abnormal spinal motion.
  • Restore aerobic capacity to preinjury levels if the patient’s job or normal activities demand it. There are also some studies that show aerobic exercise alone has a significant effect of reducing low back pain.
  • Restore the patient’s confidence that they can perform normal tasks and use the injured region in a normal manner. This can minimize “functional overlay” and get the patient back to normal activities quicker. Exercise prescription can also be used to determine if functional overlay is present because the physician is directly observing the patient performing a number of revised or nonresisted movements, and can use this information for comparison of orthopedic testing and other objective findings.
  • Pain reduction through the pain gate pathway and the release of endorphins and other neural active substances.

As top Weston chiropractors, we use a number of different therapies to treat our patients. When choosing a treatment plan designed just for you, we take a number of different factors into consideration to be sure our approach is best suited to your afflictions, health history, and needs. We often use a combination of treatments that may involve massage, kinesio taping, chiropractic adjustments and ultrasound to name a few.

At the Windmill Health Center, we believe that chiropractic care is more than just making the pain disappear. It is about learning how to take care of your body to improve your quality of life. You need to make quality time for you.

Although we may have two Weston chiropractic patients with the same condition, you may each respond very differently to treatments. That is why we tailor a specific plan of chiropractic action to meet your goals, needs and unique medical and physical condition.

Finding a chiropractor who understands changing healthcare needs and the most current approaches to addressing health problems can be a daunting task. We hope after you have met Dr. Browner and Dr. Behar and our wonderful staff, we will have earned your trust and respect. Call our gentle Weston chiropractors today so we can work together to improve your quality of life.