PATIENT INFORAMATION FROM THE AMERICAN CHIROPRATIC ASSOCIATION.
HOW DO I START
Develop a plan for an exercise program and stick with it. Make your exercise program an integral part of your normal daily activities-or us normal daily activities to help your muscles and bones become as healthy as possible:
I'VE BEEN INACTIVE FOR SO LONG. WON'T IT HURT TO EXERCISE?
Check with your doctor of chiropractic or other health care provider before starting any exercise or physical fitness program.
You can always become as physically fit as possible, given your current health status and limitations. When you commit to a physical fitness program, you will move toward enjoying life more fully.
First, pick an activity that you enjoy doing and perform it regularly. Second, begin your exercise program gradually, starting with five minutes of exercise each day.
If you have been inactive for some time, you may feel some small aches and pains. They will fade with time. Be sure to tell your doctor if you experience any unusual pain or other symptoms while or after performing your exercises.
WHAT FITNESS PROGRAM WILL HELP ME MOST?
The best exercise program should be tailored to your individual health status. Your doctor of chiropractic can help you plan the fitness program that is right for you. Typically, low-impact activities that keep joints moving and minimize pain, such as walking, swimming, and water-based exercise, are effective. Research has shown that exercise can reduce joint stiffness, pain and inflammation associated with arthritic conditions, which affect most of us.
Doctors of chiropractic can not only help restore muscle and joint function that has been affected by injury, illness, and age-related conditions, but they can also maintain the health and flexibility of your muscles and bones. They often prescribe exercise to prevent and treat many of these conditions, helping older patients to remain active and independent.