Good vs. Bad Exercise

good and bad exerciseAlmost all of my practice members ask me what type of exercise they should be doing and what things they should avoid.  This is such important information because doing the correct things between visits can help support your body’s ideal position and retrain the muscles and ligaments surrounding the spine to move properly.  This leads to improved function and performance, and ultimately helps the body hold the correction for longer periods of time.  On the other hand, doing the incorrect exercises can throw the body out of alignment and/or perpetuate a misaligned spinal pattern that can lead to pain, inflammation, imbalance, and dysfunction.

Good Exercise

Functional movements that support normal biomechanical motion such as:

  • Walking
  • Running (30 minutes or less)
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Functional Exercise classes such as Crossfit, Bar Method, etc.
  • Pull-ups
  • Push-ups
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Planks
  • Presses
  • Stretching properly

Bad Exercise

Abnormal movements that put improper pressure on the head, neck, and spine such as:

  • Headstands
  • Bridges (with weight on head)
  • Sit-ups/crunches
  • Weight machines
  • Excess cardiovascular workouts (over 30 minutes)

In my office, Upper Cervical Chiropractic care serves to restore spinal alignment.  As this process is taking place, it is critical to support the spine with good exercise in order to train the body to move and function in its’ ideal position.

~Noah Kaplan, D.C.