An age-old chiropractic
patient question: “What is the best exercise I can do to get rid
of this back pain?”
We all want the one “correct” answer to make
things better. We like to “just do it” and be finished. Recognizing
just what the right thing is is the conundrum even for
researchers and for your Colorado Springs chiropractor. The secret
for all involved – researcher, doctor, patient – is to get to
know the patient. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR gets to know
each of our back pain patients to know better which exercise(s) may
be most impactful. Our chiropractic services are here to help.
WHAT TO DO?
Researchers struggle to know what
the right back pain easing exercise(s) is, also. A few
researchers reviewed 118 back pain exercise
trials with 9710 volunteers. They found that the most
effective exercise methods for relieving
pain were mind-body, core-based exercise, and Pilates. They stated
that the most effective means to decrease disability were Pilates,
core-based, and strength exercises. According to a unique scoring
system know as SUCRA which measures the
rates the probability of an approach’s being effective found
that Pilates ranked highest with 93% for likeliness of reducing
pain and 98% for decreasing disability. (1) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR will
agree that those are extraordinary effectiveness scores!
BUT WHAT ABOUT…?
Other studies feature the
effectiveness of other exercises, too. An analysis of 89 studies/5578 patients devoted
to establishing the effectiveness of exercise for
non-specific chronic low back pain explained that Pilates had
the highest probability of decreasing pain, resistance
training and stabilization/motor control exercise for improving
physical function, and resistance and aerobic training for making
better mental health. (2) Pilates won again! Then, in a
414 chronic low back pain patient study, core stability exercise decreased
pain more and improved function better than general exercise. (3)
And for back pain sufferers with a lumbar disc herniation, stretch and
strength-based yoga showed itself to be a likely
option to enhance related neuropathic pain,
disability, and function in these patients by boosting
mobilization, core muscle strength, and hamstring flexibility. (4) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
does not want to confuse you or lead you off
track! We’ll just encourage you to attempt
a few of our suggestions and see how good they make you feel.
CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. William Hoffman on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the relief with The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient experiencing
a lumbar disc herniation.
Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic
appointment soon. The best answer to the big
question about which exercise is best: read the most recent
research. Recently, pilates, yoga, core, resistance, and
stabilization are in favor in the research. Which exercise
will you do? That’s the best one!