Latest News in Gentle West Des Moines Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain Relief

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) slows life down for its sufferers. West Des Moines chronic low back pain sufferers look forward to getting their lives back. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa has a chiropractic treatment plan with options that do just that. The treatment plan often involves chiropractic spinal manipulation like Cox® Technic as well as gentle exercise and nutrition. Some recent insights about effective exercise interventions are presented here for our West Des Moines back pain patients’ consideration as it is up to you to select what exercise works for you!


Walking works, so do mind-body therapies like yoga. An analysis of 31 randomized control trials of 3193 participants, walking was found to be as effective as control interventions for short term relief of chronic low back pain and slightly superior for intermediate term pain relief and activity limitation improvement while yoga was more beneficial for pain and activity limitation improvement in the short term. Doing both yoga and walking was suggested to be a beneficial combination for chronic low back pain patients. (1) In an analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials, yoga was said to decrease pain in the short to intermediate term and to improve functional disability from short to long term when compared with non-exercise, usual care, and education. However it had similar effects on pain and disability as other exercise modes or physical therapy. (2) Most everyone can walk. Some enjoy physical therapy exercise. Most can perform yoga if they want. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows not every exercise option may be our West Des Moines back pain sufferer’s “thing”! Options are essential to participation...and Executive Chiropractic of Iowa has them!


One group of researchers wrote that present evidence does not suggest that any single form of exercise is better than any other for back pain relief. That is interesting! They did state that exercise is modestly effective treatment for CLBP, a substantial health and socioeconomic issue (cost, disability, missed work).  The most common type of exercise for back pain relief was described as being motor control exercise working on the deep muscles and their coordination. Supposedly not superior to other forms of exercise, motor control exercise should be an alternative for chronic low back pain patients among other types of exercise. The researchers suggested that the choice should be made by the patient in collaboration with his/her doctor/therapist. (3) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa chats with each West Des Moines back pain sufferer to learn about what exercise will work and will be done. That’s the most important factor!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Benjamin Fonke on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the value of exercise incorporation  into The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Set up your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment now. When CLBP has slowed life down for you, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa’s chiropractic treatment plan with Cox® Technic and exercise that you will do can get your life’s pace back to speed. 

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa shares new research-documented gentle exercise for chronic low back pain relief: yoga and walking and motor control exercise. The best? The one patients will do.  
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