"I can't walk my dog anymore. It might hurt my back."
This is a common fear-avoidance statement from a Chicago resident that's suffering from back pain. It's natural! Chiropractic Care hears it all the time, but your Chicago chiropractor encourages you to exercise, to move, to see that you can still do some activities of daily living.
A fascinating study compared patients with low back pain who either followed a protocol of pilates (specific trunk exercise) or stationary bike cycling for 8 weeks. The follow-up results at 6 months showed no significant difference between the patients who did the bike or the pilates; both groups improved. At 8-weeks, disability was significantly lower in the pilates group compared to the bike group. Pain was reported lower for the pilates group participants. Fear-avoidance behaviors were less at 8 weeks for the pilates group and at 6 months for the exercise bike group. Bottomline from the researchers: just do some exercise. (1) Pick some form of exercise - pilates, at-home exercise, walking, treadmill, yoga - and keep it up. It can't help if you don't do it.
"Doc, I feel great. I can walk my dog around the block and not hurt!"
That's what Chiropractic Care wants to hear. Your Chicago chiropractor knows that you can do what you want if you exercise and keep doing! So contact Chiropractic Care today to see what type of exercise will work for you.
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