Back pain, neck pain, and sciatica are all kinds of musculoskeletal pain that can be debilitating and frustrating. Good thing chiropractic care is a treatment that not only provides immediate pain relief but gives results that also last longer. But did you know that you can make those results better by combining chiropractic care with exercising? Patient engagement through active care can help empower the patient, increase confidence in their own capacity, and improve pain and function. Here are a few reasons why exercise and movement are an important part of the chiropractic approach.
1. Increase Self-Reliance
A corrective exercise program helps you become confident about being able to execute whatever activity it is that you need to do. So even when you undergo chiropractic treatment, you allow yourself to be immersed into it, instead of always second-guessing whether it will work or whether it will have any benefit for you at all.
2. Decrease Fear-Avoidance
People who have been injured before are often scared to go all out on performing a task or playing a sport that has gotten them injured in the first place. They either avoid using that once injured body part or will use it but won’t put too much force into it even when they’re fully recovered. But by returning to normal activities and exercises you become more confident and it helps improve your recovery.
3. Increase Treatment Effectiveness
When it comes to musculoskeletal conditions, manual therapy combined with exercises will always be more effective. This is because while the affected area of the body is being treated for its injury, working it out improves its mobility which then helps you be able to utilize it as freely and comfortable as before you’ve been injured.
4. Minimize Recurrence
It’s one thing to be able to treat an injury but it’s another to prevent it from happening again. More often than not, only the first is achieved. However, if you combine chiropractic treatment with exercising, achieving both is possible. That’s because while chiropractic care helps effectively treat the injury and address the root cause, working out helps strengthen that body part that was just healed. As a result, you become less likely to experience an injury on that area again.
5. Long-Term Benefit
There’s no question that chiropractic helps prevent injury, maintain body condition, relieves soreness and stiffness, build strength, and treat injuries without surgery. But working out solidifies all that too. This means, by exercising, you’re not able to just treat the present injury or condition but your overall condition improves too, a benefit that is not just a temporary or immediate one but a long-term gain.