Exercise and movement are important parts of the chiropractic approach. A corrective exercise program allows for a renewed sense of self-reliance and an ability to perform activities of daily living without undue fear or risk of injury.
Exercise increases treatment effectiveness. Manual therapy (manipulation and/or mobilization) combined with exercise is more effective than other therapies for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Not only is exercise a great tool to prevent injury, it is also an effective way to alleviate pain and improve function for a number of musculoskeletal conditions like low back pain.
Being active and mobile is important to our musculoskeletal health and our general health. Exercise often leads to improved posture, range of motion and functionality of the body which may help treat the underlying source of pain, as well as prevent chronic pain from developing in the first place. Exercise helps prevent and relieve pain through a number of mechanisms including strengthening key supportive muscles and restoring flexibility.
As with any chiropractic treatment, it is important for chiropractors to perform a focused reevaluation of an exercise program following its initial therapeutic trial to determine its effectiveness. Using spinal range of motions as a measurement of the effectiveness of exercise is just one way in which chiropractors can make such determinations.