Therapeutic Exercise

For all sorts of musculoskeletal issues you might be facing, Dr. Daniel Jacobsen at Jacobsen Chiropractic in Beverly Hills, CA, offers therapeutic exercise and other highly effective techniques to bring you relief.

Understanding Therapeutic Exercises in Chiropractic Care

You go to the chiropractor because you’re in pain and you want it to go away. Your chiropractor performs certain techniques, such as adjustments, to help. Then, they recommend exercises for you to do. And if you’re like many people, you’re probably wondering why. You might also be thinking that there is no way you’re doing those exercises because you’re in pain.

This line of thinking is understandable but can make you miss out on some important healing benefits. Below, Dr. Jacobsen and the team at Jacobsen Chiropractic in Beverly Hills, CA, explain essential things to know about therapeutic exercise and its purpose in your treatment.

It’s Not a Regular Workout

Of course, you don’t want to do a typical workout when you’re suffering, but therapeutic exercises are not a typical workout. They are very specific, targeted movements that help correct an issue that’s causing pain. It’s not about getting in shape or pushing your body to its limits. It’s about healing and achieving relief.

It’s Not Intense

Unlike lifting weights, going for a long run, or another hardcore workout, therapeutic exercises are much gentler. And they are recommended according to your abilities and comfort level. They are not intended to cause you pain.

Imagine, for example, that you are experiencing back pain and stiffness. Therapeutic exercises would begin with very slow and gentle stretches that would improve blood flow, range of motion, and discomfort.

Over time, as you can move more comfortably, the stretches would increase and exercises would be added to help strengthen your core. The specific movements and intensity progress only as you can do more.

It’s Essential to Lasting Healing

Therapeutic exercises help address the root of the problem that is causing you pain. This could be anything from weakened support muscles and poor posture to pressure on the discs and nerves. These exercises provide many benefits, including relieving tension, creating space in the spinal column, improving range of motion, strengthening weakened areas, and much more.

Learn more about the role therapeutic exercise can play in your healing by visiting Dr. Jacobsen at Jacobsen Chiropractic in Beverly Hills, CA. Call (310) 657-0366 to schedule an appointment today. 

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Therapeutic exercises are specific exercises meant for correcting specific problems. Depending the matter of your concern, your chiropractor may give you a list of exercises to perform to reduce discomfort. The focus of therapeutic exercise is to regain flexibility, strength, and endurance related to specific physical problems.

Therapeutic exercise aims to improve, restore, and prevent loss of physical function. It can also improve a patient’s overall health, fitness, and sense of well­-being.

Additional objectives of Therapeutic exercise include:

  • Increasing mobility
  • Releasing contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia
  • Mobilizing joints
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving respiratory capacity
  • Improving coordination
  • Reducing rigidity
  • Improving balance

Therapeutic exercises are classified into three major categories:

  • Endurance training
  • Resistance training
  • Flexibility training

No matter what type of exercise is prescribed to remedy a patient’s specific condition, the final goal of rehabilitation is to acquire a maximum level of physical fitness, without the use of more invasive methods. Therapeutic exercise can be performed at home, and gives you the power to improve your quality of life.

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