Cardiovascular and strengthening exercises combined with chiropractic care are important in the management of lower back pain. If a chiropractic patient has a history of heart problems, they should first consult with their specialist to be certain they can tolerate cardiovascular fitness activities.

Specific instructions are given by the chiropractor with respect to proper exercise for the patient’s condition before beginning any exercises. Programs, in general, require a specifically tailored type of exercise that is performed daily.  The programs utilize activities that are enjoyed and recommended for patients undergoing chiropractic treatment.

Overall and when combined with chiropractic care, exercise helps promote proper digestion, keeps the muscles in proper tone/balance, and promotes better circulation. Walking basically around the block at least once or twice a day is a convenient and popular activity. Also, many forms of work and/or household tasks can function as an exercise program. The important point is to keep the body moving!

Types of exercise for chiropractic care.

With respect to low back pain, there are many applicable exercises that are available for patients undergoing chiropractic care for lower back pain. One can classify the chiropractic patient into a flexion or extension biased category to determine the variety that is best for that patient.  We can also assess specific functional deficits and muscle overactivity or underactivity.  For instance:

1. If a patient feels best when bending over (Flexion Biased), exercises that prevent low back pain such as pulling the knees to the chest, posterior pelvic tilts, bending forward from a sitting position and others are usually helpful.
2. If a patient is least symptomatic in extension, especially if leg pain centralizes or diminishes (Extension Biased), strengthening of the pelvic stabilizing muscles (Trunk Muscles), hamstrings, adductors, and other overly short or tight postural muscles, as well as proprioceptive or balance promoting exercises also can result in a greater patient satisfying out come.

Core Strengthening

Core stabilization is important for correct posture and muscle balance.  The following core strengthening exercises are beneficial for maintaining adjustments and keeping good posture.  Adding exercises to your daily activities is a step towards preventing injuries and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Try doing 2-3 sets and 12-15 repetitions.


Side Plank

opposite Arm Opposite Leg






Exercise for weight loss 

That’s right!  Certain exercises have been proven to be more effective for weight loss.  Most of us are sugar burners and our body doesn’t know how to burn fat for energy.  The best part is that it can be done in a short amount of time, requires no gym membership and only needs to be done 3-4 times per week.