Exercise with Low Back Pain?

Downtown Tampa Chiropractor 33602

The Chiropractic patient knows best

If your pain increases with the activity, it is best to stop or hold off for a while. Unfortuanly other factors cloud the patients decision such as:

  • Need to work
  • Routine¬†physical¬†work out
  • Upcoming game

Some temporary home treatment includes:

  • Ice
  • Massage
  • Hot and cold alternative therapy for more chronic conditions

If the pain increases when you try to exercise, it is best to stop exercising for a few days before trying again.

Frequently modification of your routine is all that is needed.

You might think about an exercise which can take the load off your joints. Or do what you normally do but for less time or intensity.

Traction Therapy

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Interferential Current Therapy

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Factors that Help Healing:


  1. Controlling the Inflammation: Inflammation inhibits the healing process. This is why it is so important to control and diminish inflammation.
  2. Ice Pack: Cold compression helps to decrease inflammation by decreasing the tissue damage at the cellular level. Cold also constricts tissue reducing cell damage, and decreasing fluid release.
  3. Nutrition Rich Diet
    • Vitamin C: Main precursor to tissue repair and collagen formation.
    • Copper: Mineral needed in soft tissue or collagen repair.
    • Protein: Specifically lysine and proline are amino acids required for soft tissue (collagen) repair.
  4. Controlled Active and Passive Motion
    • Increases Circulation
    • Decreases Swelling
  5. Muscle Stimulation
    • Increase oxygen rich blood and nutrients needed for soft tissue healing.

Factors that Inhibit Healing:


  1. Age and Severity of Condition
    • Longer we have a problem it can heal wrong and now become permanent
    • Age-Decreased metabolism and therefore the body’s ability to heal itself.
  2. Osteoarthritis: Result of old injuries that have permanently healed wrong to some degree.
  3. Tissue type: Not all tissue heals same due decrease levels of circulation
    • Cartilage-Heals very Slow
    • Muscle-Heals quick
    • Tendons-Heal slow
    • Ligaments-Heal very slow
    • Nerves-Heal very slow if at all
    • Discs-Heal very Slow
  4. Swelling: Inhibits the body’s’ normal healing process. The repair phase occurs after inflammation and swelling.
  5. Hemorrhage: Damaged cells release chemicals irritants that are pro-inflammatory and inhibit the healing process.
  6. Scar Tissue from old injuries: Alter and inhibit the repair phase of healing.
  7. Infection: Releases cellular chemicals irritants that cause pain and are pro-inflammatory.
  8. Poor Nutrition
    • Lack Vitamin C: Needed for collagen formation in the repair phase of healing
    • Lack Copper: Needed for collagen formation
    • Lack Protein: Specifically lysine and proline are needed for collagen (repair) tissue.
  9. Medications that inhibit collagen formation:
    • NSAIDS: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
    • Aspirin
    • Motrin
    • Ibuprofen
    • Corticosteroids
  10. Smoking
    • Significantly decrease oxygen supply to the tissue
    • Stimulates vasoconstriction, decreasing oxygen and nutrition to the affected area.
    • Increases platelet adhesiveness

Ultrasound Therapy

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