"I can't walk my dog anymore. It might hurt my back."
This is an ordinary fear-avoidance statement from a McHenry resident that's suffering from back pain. It's natural! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic hears it all the time, but your McHenry chiropractor urges you to exercise, to move, to see that you can still do some activities of daily living.
An interesting study compared patients with low back pain who either followed a protocol of pilates (specific trunk exercise) or stationary bike cycling for 8 weeks. The follow-up results at 6 months showed no telling difference between the patients who did the bike or the pilates; both groups improved. At 8-weeks, disability was considerable lower in the pilates group compared to the bike group. Pain was reported lower for the pilates group participants. Fear-avoidance behaviors were less at 8 weeks for the pilates group and at 6 months for the exercise bike group. Bottomline from the researchers: get up and exercise. (1) Pick some form of exercise - pilates, at-home exercise, walking, treadmill, yoga - and keep it up. It can't help if you don't do it.
"Doc, I feel great. I can walk my dog around the block and not hurt!"
That's what OrthoIllinois Chiropractic wants to hear. Your McHenry chiropractor knows that you can do what you want if you exercise and keep doing! So contact OrthoIllinois Chiropractic today to see what type of exercise will work for you.
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