Our patients learn unique blueprint exercises in order to help strengthen and correct their spine in between appointments. These specialized exercises can be performed in the comfort of the patient's home or at work. By completing these exercises on a regular basis, spinal awareness and correction can be attained. Benefits can be experienced among the muscles, connective tissues and places where skeletal misalignment tries to become the norm. Specific exercises and stretches can help you achieve a more balanced and healthier lifestyle.
It is necessary to actively participate in rehabilitation exercises regularly if you wish to effectively manage and heal back or neck pain. Strengthening weak areas and regaining strength that may have temporarily disappeared can have you well on your way to feeling mobile and agile again. Completing corrective exercises will help you along your journey back to wellness.
Most programs work best when they are customized to a person's mobility levels and their pain condition is taken into consideration. Ideally, this program would include a stretching series, combined with aerobic conditioning and strengthening exercises. Being able to implement and execute the exercises properly is one of the most vital components to this process.
For example, people suffering from lower back pain are recommended to undergo exercise and physical therapy n a regular basis to help speed up their own recovery process. All too commonly, patients are simply encouraged to achieve more exercise and seldom provided with the knowledge of how to incorporate healthier choices and methods into their lifestyle. The following covers a basic understanding of why lower back pain originates and what kinds of corrective steps can be taken via exercise to help amend the situation.
Individuals who are dealing with lower back pain are encouraged to get physical therapy and exercise on a regular basis in order to help with their own recovery. Quite often though, they are simply encouraged and seldom given the tools and knowledge to accomplish this task. The following will discuss a basic understanding of what causes lower back pain and how to take corrective steps through exercise to rehabilitate this situation. You will be amazed at how much better you feel. Further pain episodes greatly diminish as time progresses. When you are suffering from an initial back pain situation; relying on specific back exercises for rehabilitating and strengthening muscles in the area can drastically improve the situation. For individuals who are going to be undergoing surgery or extensive treatments in the future, learning some exercises ahead of time is beneficial.
Exercise and Causes of Back Pain
Our spine is made up of an intricate framework of delicate spinal nerves, intervertebral discs and vertebrae. There are a variety of places where pain can originate from. Low back pain and discomfort may arise from any of the following:
The intervertebral disc is a completely versatile and strong structure. During our daily activities, it acts as a shock absorber. The disc may fail during times of sudden trauma, unexpected force or lifting items too heavy. Over time, the aging process and ordinary wear and tear can lead to failure as well. Once the disc becomes injured, it can be hard to repair itself. This is one of the main reasons why recurring back pain is such a common problem for many individuals.
Spinal Muscles, Ligaments, and Tendons
The ligaments, muscles, collective soft tissues and tendons surrounding the spine are vital in helping our body maintain proper balance and strength. The connective fibers in the tendons and ligaments can lose resilience and begin to adhere to each other when inactivity occurs. If a sudden overload occurs, these fibers can actually tear. Unlike discs or connective tissue; when soft tissues are injured they have the ability to repair themselves at a much quicker rate.
Our CNS or Central Nervous System is constantly communicating with our musculoskeletal system. Certain biological stressors and environmental components can lead to tension occurring in the body. This can lead to muscle spasms occurring if the muscles become tense enough. Chronic patterns of tension inhibit normal muscle function in our body. This leads to stability issues and muscle wasting. These factors can be a contributing factor to chronic lower back pain.
Whenever our spinal nerves become cut, irritated or pinched, the muscles that correspond with those nerves are unable to work correctly. For example, a herniated or bulging disc on the L4-L5 nerve root may inhibit muscles in the ankle and within the foot. This can lead to a condition known as "foot drop" where the patient has lost their ability to stand on their tiptoes or raise their foot.
Acute vs. Chronic Back Pain
Chronic pain is completely different than acute pain. Most of us have experienced sudden or acute pain at some point in our lives. Situations like a paper cut or a sprained ankle come to mind; immediate pain but as the injury heals, it resides.
Chronic pain on the other hand, does not relate to a specific anatomical injury. Chronic pain consists of a consistent low level nervous system stimulation that eventually creates a pattern. It may progress to actually becoming a "neural memory" after the initial irritation source has resolved itself. The nervous system copes with this chronic stimulation by having events that previously caused no pain suddenly become a source of irritation. Amazingly, it is possible for the pain to migrate into uninjured areas.
The phenomenon can be enhanced by emotional distress and certain medications. One of the effective solutions to chronic pain is to distract the nervous system. This distraction is accomplished by using non-destructive techniques to actively exercise. This specialized kind of exercise can help create the physiological atmosphere required to enable the healing process to occur naturally.