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Is It Okay to Exercise After Seeing the Chiropractor?

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author image Kristeen Cherney
Kristeen Cherney began writing healthy lifestyle and education articles in 2008. Since then, her work has appeared in various online publications, including Healthline.com, Ideallhealth.com and FindCollegeInfo.com. Cherney holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English.
Is It Okay to Exercise After Seeing the Chiropractor?
Exercise after an adjustment can worsen body pain. Photo Credit Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images

Chiropractic treatments are one of the most sought-after forms of alternative medicine. These treatments aim to help relieve back pain, readjust the spine, improve various body functions and help correct poor posture. Depending on your diagnosis, treatments can range from short routine adjustments to more long-term treatment plans. Each adjustment involves manipulations of the spine, tissues and muscles. Exercising immediately following treatment carries the risk of disrupting the work your chiropractor performed. On the other hand, regular exercise is generally a part of a chiropractic care plan. Always consult with a physician before starting a chiropractic care plan.

Function

Adjustments through spinal manipulation are at the core of the chiropractic profession. According to Medline Plus, chiropractors believe that some health ailments are attributed to displaced spinal vertebrae. Other natural health methods are advocated by chiropractors, including regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Effects

The effects of spinal manipulation are often gradual. Chiropractors advocate regular visits to gain the most benefits. Some patients seek adjustments in an effort to relieve pain caused by spinal deformations, accidents or poor posture. You may experience some pain after an adjustment due to the changes in your body. Exercising after a visit to the chiropractor may potentially worsen pain.

Recommendations

Exercise might be recommended by your chiropractor as a way to amplify your treatment and to strengthen the back. There are some precautionary measures to take, particularly for right after you have an adjustment. The Hunterdon Holistic Center doesn't advocate exercising immediately following an adjustment, because your body needs a chance to adapt to the treatment session. Working out right after a treatment can potentially undo the work that your chiropractor completed during the adjustment for tissues and muscles. There is a higher risk if you are recovering from an injury.

Considerations

Regular exercise is a crucial part of any healthy living pan. In fact, chiropractors generally work with their patients to come up with an exercise plan that ties into treatment plans. The Mayo Clinic advocates exercise as a form of back pain prevention, because it helps to strengthen back muscles. Aim for some form of daily aerobic exercise, and choose lower impact activities that aren't as likely to aggravate back pain. Swimming and moderate-paced walking are both examples of low impact activities. Stop exercising if you experience muscle pain. Weight loss and maintaining your weight are also preventative measures against back pain.

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