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"I Dont Wanna Exercise..." OrthoIllinois Chiropractic Says, "Exercise, McHenry!"

Are you sick of being instructed to perform exercises for your lower back pain or neck pain by your McHenry chiropractor? Sure you are! Many of our McHenry back pain and neck pain patients are. It's almost natural to ignore the need to do our spine exercises so that we can watch television, relax, go to a party, etc. ANYTHING BUT HAVING TO DO THOSE DARN BACK EXERCISES - TOO BORING!!! Well, you know what OrthoIllinois Chiropractic would say ("Do them!"), but what does the literature say about performing them?

Let's first consider the degree of lower back pain suffering and its being a worldwide health problem influencing up to 80% of adult population. Then, you'll see that vital care must be supplied to all of us in McHenry and around the world to prevent back pain as well as treat it. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic's chiropractic services and exercises are vital to handle it physically while back school demonstrates effectiveness for people with chronic non-specific low back pain in managing the psychological factors that are often intertwined in its development and maintenance.

Chiropractic and exercise for extensor muscles.So first, a study by Davarian et al shows that patients with chronic low back pain and clinical instability showed lower muscle exertion and higher or quicker "time to fatigue" compared to healthy subjects. Strength training of trunk extensor muscles can be considered as part of the treatment protocol for chronic low back pain. (1) 

  1. "Progressive Dynamic Spine Stabilization Exercise Protocols", when performed in the thoracic spine (the middle spine from the mid-shoulder area to the lower back), trigger improved postural stability which were designed for different spinal segments.
  2. Thoracic spine exercises can be considered an unseen source for improving overall postural stability, weight distribution, and somatosensory reactions, too. (2)

Then, a research study involving fifty patients with chronic non-specific lower back pain who were randomly allocated to a group:

  • Treatment Group participated to an intensive, multidisciplinary Back School program.
  • Control Group received medical assistance.

Well, you know how some of us older McHenry folks, as we age, experience a feeling of imbalance and sometimes bump into walls. Well, a little McHenry exercise may well reverse this imbalance trend. But combining proprioceptive-type exercises with a training class called “Back School” has great benefit for the chronic low back pain patient. This specific back pain study shows this to be true:

Significant improvements in terms of quality of life, disability and pain were reported in the treatment group patients.

These results point out that Back School has positive effects physically and mentally. (3)

Back pain may be depressing.As you, the low back pain sufferer or friend or family of one, know: back pain may be depressing. Therefore, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic understands the importance of teaching the lower back pain patient to avoid back pain triggers and encourages a beneficial home exercise program to correct the postural stability of the patient.

Happiness is chiropractic back pain relief.


Pain relief is our goal. But OrthoIllinois Chiropractic strives to treat the whole patient with a combined approach of our non-surgical treatment with Cox Technic and patient education to alleviate low back pain and its other side-effects.

So, contact OrthoIllinois Chiropractic to implement this healing art of chiropractic care now.

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