"I can't walk my dog anymore. It might hurt my back."
This is a frequent fear-avoidance statement from a Eugene resident that's suffering from back pain. It's natural! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic hears it all the time, but your Eugene chiropractor recommends you to exercise, to move, to see that you can still do some activities of daily living.
An interesting study compared patients with low back pain who either followed a protocol of pilates (specific trunk exercise) or stationary bike cycling for 8 weeks. The follow-up results at 6 months showed no meaningful difference between the patients who did the bike or the pilates; both groups improved. At 8-weeks, disability was decidedly lower in the pilates group compared to the bike group. Pain was reported lower for the pilates group participants. Fear-avoidance behaviors were less at 8 weeks for the pilates group and at 6 months for the exercise bike group. Bottomline from the researchers: movement and exercise help. (1) Pick some form of exercise - pilates, at-home exercise, walking, treadmill, yoga - and keep it up. It can't help if you don't do it.
"Doc, I feel great. I can walk my dog around the block and not hurt!"
That's what Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic wants to hear. Your Eugene chiropractor knows that you can do what you want if you exercise and keep doing! So contact Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic today to see what type of exercise will work for you.
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