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Latest News in Gentle McHenry Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain Relief

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) negatively impacts life for its sufferers. McHenry chronic low back pain sufferers want their lives back. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic follows a chiropractic treatment plan with options that do just that. The treatment plan often involves chiropractic spinal manipulation like Cox® Technic as well as gentle exercise and nutrition. Some new insights about effective exercise interventions are presented here for our McHenry back pain patients’ consideration as it’s for you to decide to select what exercise suits you!


Walking works, so do mind-body therapies like yoga. An analysis of 31 randomized control trials of 3193 participants, walking came across as effective as control interventions for short term relief of chronic low back pain and slightly superior for intermediate term pain relief and activity limitation improvement while yoga was more effective to reduce pain and improve activity in the short term. Doing both yoga and walking was proposed as a valuable combination for chronic low back pain patients. (1) In an analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials, yoga was reported to decrease pain in the short to intermediate term and to improve functional disability from short to long term when compared with non-exercise, usual care, and education. But it had equal effects on pain and disability as other exercise types or physical therapy. (2) Most everyone can walk. Some enjoy physical therapy exercise. Most can do yoga if they so desire. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic understands that not every exercise option may be our McHenry back pain sufferer’s “thing”! Options are key to participation...and OrthoIllinois Chiropractic has them!


One group of researchers wrote that present evidence doesn’t indicate that any single type of exercise is superior to any other for back pain relief. That is interesting! They did state that exercise is modestly effective treatment for CLBP, a substantial health and socioeconomic issue (cost, disability, missed work).  The most common type of exercise for back pain relief was described as being motor control exercise working on the deep muscles and their coordination. Reportedly not superior to other types of exercise, motor control exercise should be an alternative for chronic low back pain patients among other forms of exercise. The researchers indicated that the choice should be up to the patient and his/her doctor/therapist as to what works. (3) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic talks with each McHenry back pain sufferer to learn about what exercise will work and will be performed. That’s the most important factor!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Benjamin Fonke on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the value of exercise incorporation  into The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your McHenry chiropractic appointment now. When CLBP has slowed life down for you, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic’s chiropractic treatment plan with Cox® Technic and exercise that you will do may well restore your pace of life. 

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic shares new research-documented gentle exercise for chronic low back pain relief: yoga and walking and motor control exercise. The best? The one patients will do.  
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