Dr. Brennan not only believes in Chiropractic and adjusting the spine, but also in teaching patients about rehabilitation exercises.
Specific rehabilitation exercises are extremely important to ensure full recovery from injury and to promote optimal function.
These exercises come in many forms such as stretching, strengthening, proprioception (balance and spatial awareness), cardiovascular exercise, and muscle re-education.
Every activity we do involves a combination of joint mobility (flexibility) and joint stability (strength). The key is finding the correct balance between flexibility and strength to maximize the performance of your body and to achieve a higher state of health and well being.
Stability is the ability of any system to remain unchanged or aligned in the presence of change or outside forces. Stability is created through a combination of balance, strength and muscular endurance.
Mobility is the combination of normal joint range of motion and proper muscle flexibility. Great function is when the body is able to perform any motion without having to sacrifice stability.
The balance between stability and mobility can be altered by an injury or repetition of movements that involve poor biomechanics. For example, poor posture leading to low back or neck problems or poor wrist positioning at a computer leading to carpal tunnel symptoms. Rehabilitation exercises are designed to restore strength, muscle endurance, range of motion, and balance to the affected area. Certain exercises can also be used to minimize scar tissue.