We all know that regular exercise is important for staying healthy and keeping fit, but did you know that exercise can help you both overcome and avoid injuries? Today we will be discussing the importance of exercise for injury prevention, general health, and as part of chiropractic treatment.
What can exercise do for you?
- Strong Body – Exercise strengthens joints and muscles all over the body. This fact alone will help you avoid injuries both small and large.
- Osteoporosis – Regular exercise promotes bone formation and can help prevent bone loss associated with aging.
- Balance – Exercise improves your balance, and good balance will certainly help you avoid injuries.
- New Injuries – Exercise is essential for overcoming injuries. Injuries prevent you from using the affected areas, weakening those areas. Rehabilitation exercises help you to strengthen the injured parts, getting your body back in proper balance.
- Old Injuries – While timely rehabilitation is very important, exercise can also help in coming back from old injuries. This process will not happen as quickly as immediate rehabilitation, but is well worth the time spent.
- Proper Exercise – Before you start an exercise program, be sure to consult your chiropractor. Some forms of exercise may slow down your rehabilitation, or even make your problem worse. Talk to your chiropractor about rehabilitation and don’t rely on the fitness staff at the local gym.
- Weight and Posture – Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. This, in turn, contributes to good posture and the lessening of unnecessary stress on your back and legs.
- Other Health Benefits – Regular exercise has been shown to improve many health areas, including: the risk of heart disease and stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and depression.
This is only a small list of the benefits of exercise for health and rehabilitation. Consult your chiropractor for advice on starting or modifying an exercise program tailored for your needs.
Dr. Craig of Clearview Chiropractic is your chiropractor for the Outer Banks and can help you develop an exercise program for improved health or injury rehabilitation.