· Ideally, an exercise and fitness program should be integrated during all phases of treatment for pain relief and to improve the overall health of patients. If the pain is severe, however, patients may first need to be treated for the pain before starting a back-exercise program.
· Proper assessment and treatment from a trained chiropractor can help guide your healing journey at every phase of care.
· The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) figures out movement patterns from a clinical standpoint. The SFMA is a head-to-toe assessment to help bridge the gap from injury to return to sport or activities of daily living. The SFMA uses a series of movements and further breakdowns to inform the clinician of how best to approach care for low back pain. Those movements are:
o Neck Range of Motion
o Shoulder Mobility Test
o Toe Touch Test
o Standing Back Extension
o Standing Torso Rotation
o Single Leg Stance
o Overhead Deep Squat
· Adequate Ankle Dorsiflexion, Hip Stability (muscles), Hip Mobility (joint), Core Stability, and Thoracic Spine Mobility are key to preventing low back pain.
Chiropractic care of the joints, nervous system, and muscles combined with the right exercises for you is a winning approach!
Whether you are an avid athlete, desk jockey, or active lifestyle person, integrating proper fitness with corrective exercises and body work is the key to preventing low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. I hope you gleaned some valuable insights to implement immediately for better health. Stay tuned for another post detailing my favorite exercises to help get you out of low back pain and back to the gym, trail, or road!