Exercise relieves stress through activity. Stretching and
exercises combine to balance the strength and tone of the muscles
and ligaments. The muscles and ligaments are the supporting
of the spine, so fitness benefits spinal health and subluxations
may be less frequent.
Each of you who is a trauma patient will receive exercises to
strengthen the injured spinal areas as your treatment progresses
and your condition allows.
Those of you with chronic or degenerative conditions will also
be encouraged to exercise.
For older patients the Aquacise program at the YMCA
is recommended. Low back patients however, should avoid any
involving twisting of the hips or torso.
Yoga is an excellent exercise technique for stretching and is
also taught at the Y. There are numerous popular fitness programs
available for group participation or on video, many of which combine
yoga and aerobics or crossover (for any sport) strengthening and
stretching exercises which may be referred to as warm up and cool
Please take note that step aerobics and jogging or running are
hard on all the weight bearing joints, including the spine, due
to the compression of the joints from repeated impact with the
floor or ground.
Almost everyone can walk. Start at your own pace. Slowly, over
the weeks, increase the distance and speed of your walk. Close
your hands and swing your arms to relieve tension in your neck,
shoulders, and mid back. Breathe deeply. Walk with a friend, family
member, or pet to further reduce stress. Ride a bike, play golf,
but do something!