Using a foam roller on a daily basis is something everybody should be doing!

Using a foam roller on a daily basis is something everybody should be doing!

    When I say "home exercises" I'm not referring to situps and cardio.  I'm talking about the exercises you were prescribed and shown how to perform at the chiropractors office right before you left.  YEAH, THOSE exercises!! the ones you haven't been doing! 

   The thing you need to understand is that no matter how good an adjuster I am, there's only so much I can do with my two hands and 15-30 minutes per visit (an hour/week at most).  You're in my office for a reason, you are dysfunctional!  For the lucky ones its an easy fix due to specific trauma that knocked a bone out of whack, nothing a few adjustments can't fix.  For most of us, by the time you get to the point of going to the chiropractor the pain and dysfunction has been present for a number of weeks, months or even years.  This means theres muscles imbalances, which in turn means improper motor patterns for stability.  

The qudraped series of exercises is one progression of low back spinal stability.

The qudraped series of exercises is one progression of low back spinal stability.

    IT seems this day and age people are looking for that "magic bullet' treatment thats fixes all their problems with little to no effort on their part.  I'm sorry to say that doesn't exist!  The simple truth is that you got yourself in this position (conscious or unconsciously) and now you have to put the work in in order to correct your dysfunction.  This is where those exercises come in.  

    So what should you look for in these exercises? They are usually simple and repetitive, but thats the beauty!  These exercises, which are unsupervised, shouldn't be complicated.  They need to be easily accomplished on your own!  Small in number, meaning you should have 10 exercises given to you at once.  Its unrealistic, only a small number of people are capable of remembering and completing a large number of exercises that can take upwards of an hour if there are too  many.  Proper instruction from you chiropractor.  Handing you a sheet with a bunch of exercises on it without taking the time to demonstrate and make sure you understand your homework is a failure on the part of the physician.

One leg balancing on a stable surface progressing to an unstable surface is good rehab for lower extremity dyfunction.

One leg balancing on a stable surface progressing to an unstable surface is good rehab for lower extremity dyfunction.

   If you've gotten this far, all the while thinking "I've been to the chiropractor for years and have never been given any exercises" then you might want to look for another chiropractor that may have you best interest in mind.  Not to say he/she's not a great adjuster, he/she just may be a better business owner.