West Des Moines Back Pain Relief with Exercise & Chiropractic

As any sufferer of West Des Moines back pain understands, finding relief can be challenging. You may have tried multiple treatments and healthcare providers. But did you know that exercise could be just the right addition to your attempts at getting back pain relief? According to the CHAMPS Study-DK, associations between cardiovascular disease risk factors and spinal pain may be affected by sex and health-related physical activity. (1) Namely, exercise can help reduce back pain. Let’s take a look at how this works.


Exercise has demonstrated to be beneficial for those who experience chronic back pain in a multitude of ways. First, it strengthens core and lower back muscles which support your spine and lessen strain on it. Strengthening these muscles can help alleviate some of the pressure exerted on your spine and lower the amount of back pain you feel due to poor posture or bad habits like slouching. Additionally, exercise helps increase flexibility in your joints; it enhances blood circulation which helps support healing; and it releases endorphins which are natural pain killers that help reduce inflammation related to chronic back pain. (2,3) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa combines Cox® Technic spinal manipulation that reduces intradiscal pressures (Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. William Hoffman on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the Cox® Technic and its research showing drops in intradiscal pressure.) with exercises that are shown to reduce pain for optimal patient outcomes.


It is valuable to realize that when starting an exercise program for West Des Moines back pain relief, you should start slowly and gradually up the intensity over time as your body adapts. It is also valuable to select low-impact exercises like walking or swimming rather than high impact exercises like running or jumping since these can put extra strain on your spine and make matters worse rather than better. With that, moderate aerobic exercise mixing strengthening and stretching exercises has been shown to be useful in decreasing lower back pain for many people suffering from chronic conditions like back pain. West Des Moines back pain patients have a great exercise partner at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa as researchers explain that chiropractors actively promote (and participate in their own) physical activity by offering exercise information, asking patients about their physical activity level, and advising back pain patients about proper exercises to help their conditions. (4)

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Exercise is a valuable way to deal with chronic lower back pain. If performed properly, it could be just what you need to boost your opportunity for long term relief from lower back pain! Schedule your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment to begin your chiropractic pain relieving treatment plan of spinal manipulation and mobilization and exercise.

West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan with walking as exercise for back pain relief  
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