"I can't walk my dog anymore. It might hurt my back."
This is a common fear-avoidance comment from a West Des Moines back pain sufferer. It's natural! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa hears it all the time, but your West Des Moines chiropractor encourages you to exercise, to move, to see that you can still do some normal day to day activities.
A riveting study looked at 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 variance between the patients who did the bike or the pilates; both groups showed improvement. At 8-weeks, disability was significantly lower in the pilates group compared to the bike group. Pain was notedly 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 at it. 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 Executive Chiropractic of Iowa wants to hear. Your West Des Moines chiropractor feels wholeheartedly that you can do what you want if you exercise and keep doing! So contact Executive Chiropractic of Iowa today to see what type of exercise will work for you.
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