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McHenry Back Pain Relief with Exercise & Chiropractic

As any sufferer of McHenry back pain knows, finding relief can be a challenge. You may have visited various healthcare providers with different treatments. But did you know that exercise could be an extra notch in the key to relieving your back pain? According to the CHAMPS Study-DK, associations between cardiovascular disease risk factors and spinal pain may be affected by sex and health-related physical activity. (1) In other words, exercise can help ease back pain. Let’s take a look at how this works.


Exercise has proven itself beneficial for those who have chronic back pain in a multitude of ways. First, it strengthens the muscles in your core and lower back which support your spine and lessen strain on it. Strengthening these muscles can help alleviate some of the pressure placed on your spine and decrease the amount of back pain you feel due to poor posture or poor habits like slouching. Additionally, exercise helps boost flexibility in your joints; it enhances blood circulation which helps further healing; and it releases endorphins which are natural pain killers that help lower inflammation associated with chronic back pain. (2,3) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic combines Cox® Technic spinal manipulation that reduces intradiscal pressures (Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. William Hoffman on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the Cox® Technic and its research showing drops in intradiscal pressure.) with exercises that are shown to reduce pain for optimal patient outcomes.


It is valuable to note that when starting an exercise program for McHenry back pain relief, you should start gently and gradually raise the intensity over time as your body adapts. It’s also important to select low-impact exercises such as walking or swimming rather than high impact exercises like running or jumping since these can place extra strain on your spine and make matters worse rather than better. Having said that, moderate aerobic exercise combined with stretching and strengthening exercises has been shown to be helpful in reducing lower back pain for many people suffering from chronic conditions like back pain. McHenry back pain patients have a great exercise coach at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic as researchers note that chiropractors actively promote (and participate in their own) physical activity by offering exercise information, asking patients about their physical activity level, and advising back pain patients about suitable exercises to help their conditions. (4)

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Exercise is a valuable way to manage chronic lower back pain. If done properly, it could be just what you need to boost your opportunity for long term relief from lower back pain! Make your McHenry chiropractic appointment to start your chiropractic pain relieving treatment plan of spinal manipulation and mobilization and exercise.

McHenry chiropractic treatment plan with walking as exercise for back pain relief  
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