Therapeutic Exercise in Chiropractic Treatment

What is Therapeutic Exercise in Chiropractic Treatment?

Therapeutic exercise is defined by DeLateur as bodily movement which is designed to improve musculoskeletal function, correct impairment and to maintain a sense of well-being. It varies from specific activities which are restricted to certain muscles or parts of the body, to general and energetic activities that restores a recuperating patient to top physical condition. Therapeutic exercise is done to enhance flexibility, increase functional and aerobic capacity along with strengthening.

Therapeutic Exercise in Chiropractic Treatment

Which Are The 3 Types of Therapeutic Exercise?

Therapeutic Exercises Fall Into The Following Major Classification:

  • Endurance Training- Exercises that help you improve your endurance. Example: Walking, Cycling, Swimming, Running etc. Endurance training can also be performed by non-athletes for general fitness, improved stamina, weight loss etc.
  • Resistance Training- This type of exercise is performed using equipments like dumbbells, barbells, your own bodyweight while performing push-ups, pull-ups, dips etc to increase the tone and size of muscles and strength.
  • Flexibility Training- This includes Stretching exercises which in turns helps with range of motion of the body. Regular stretching exercise can go a long way in avoiding getting back pain and other joint related problems.

Goals and Benefits of Therapeutic Exercise

  • Stretching exercises help release of stiff and contracted muscles, fascia, and tendon.
  • Improves Body Posture. Poor body posture is cause of back pain among many individuals around the world.
  • Improving Blood Circulation- Regular endurance, resistance and stretching exercises improves blood circulation.
  • Mobilizing the Joints- This helps in reducing joint pain, improving joint motion and can stimulate synovial fluid.
  • Improving Coordination: It is important to have all your body systems work together for a healthy life. Regular exercise helps in achieving this.
  • Enhancing Respiratory Capacity- Regular exercise improves lung function and provides body with more oxygen.
  • Reducing stiffness/rigidity. Improving muscle stiffness and rigidity will go a long way in eliminating pain complaints.
  • Reduces Stress- Regular exercise goes a long way in reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
  • Improving body balance- This helps in preventing accidental falls and causing body injuries
  • Improving the exercise performance and endurance.
  • Enhancing muscle strength. Also try to achieve and maintain maximal voluntary contractile force (MVC).
  • Permitting and improving ambulation.
  • Keeps Blood Pressure in Check- Regular exercise reduces the build-up of plaque in arteries and improves good cholesterol and reduces bad cholesterol.
  • Promotes Stronger And Healthier Bones and Muscles.
  • Helps You Lose Weight- Being overweight is a leading cause for joint pain. Regular therapeutic exercise can go a long way in burning those extra calories and reducing pressure on joints.
  • Improves Sleep- Getting a good sleep can be the best stress buster. Regular therapeutic exercise promotes good sleep.

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Last Modified On: September 30, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
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