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Degenerated Discs & Neck Muscles Do Well with Exercise & Manipulation

Disc degeneration and muscle degeneration often co-exist. Muscles degenerate just like discs do. And OrthoIllinois Chiropractic offers a one-two relieving punch for them both: spinal manipulation and exercise.  OrthoIllinois Chiropractic observes the trend: McHenry neck pain and back pain patients benefit more when their McHenry chiropractic care involves multiple approaches to pain relief like spinal manipulation, exercise, nutrition, etc. New and old research supports this observation.

While it’s not a new finding that muscle degeneration is as common as disc degeneration or that they often co-exist, it’s clearly important for all of us – doctors and patients alike – to understand. As far back as 1992, Parkkola reported this phenomenon as it relates to low back pain. As a matter of fact, he pointed out that muscle degeneration can be seen on MRI. Now, your McHenry chiropractor can also see it clinically without an MRI: fatty deposits around the spine and muscle weakness give it away. (1) For this reason, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic often encourages McHenry back pain and neck pain patients to exercise and strengthen their spinal muscles with some basic exercises that aren’t hard but are effective. Via exercise combined with the spinal manipulation OrthoIllinois Chiropractic offers, pain relief may be within reach.

So first, exercise. Exercise for neck pain patients is important. This is particularly true for post-whiplash patients. New research shows that neck exercises significantly improved patients’ neck disability index scores as well as their self-efficacy scale and their health related quality of life scores.  (2) So, our McHenry chiropractic patients, it’s important to do exercises that are a suggested part of your McHenry chiropractic care program.

Now, the other part of the McHenry chiropractic care program is spinal manipulation. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic offers spinal manipulation as a core part of the treatment plan. A recent study of senior patients with chronic neck pain ties spinal manipulative therapy with home exercise to greater pain reduction. Now, the home exercise is self-directed which makes it simple. A comparison group had supervised home exercise, but that didn’t show any better outcomes than the self-directed home exercise with spinal manipulation!  (3) McHenry chiropractic patients find our Cox Technic spinal manipulation to be relieving, gentle, safe and segment specific.

So contact OrthoIllinois Chiropractic today for your spinal pain which likely include muscle degeneration as well as disc degeneration. The McHenry chiropractic spinal manipulation plus exercise just may be the relieving combination you’re looking for!

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