Spinal rehabilitation consists of passive (stretching) and active exercise. Stretching helps reduce muscle tension, increase range of motion, develop body awareness and prevent muscle strain during active rehab. Active exercise helps strengthen the muscles which support the spine, and promotes postural alignment. Spinal rehabilitation is very important for helping patients regain full function of the neck and back. It incorporates motion and resistance which then trains the muscles and encourages joints to function more fully during normal daily activities.
Spinal rehabilitation is also very effective in recovery from injury when used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments. A comprehensive rehabilitation plan for musculoskeletal injuries is composed of the acute, recovery and functional phases. Exercise, in its various forms, is an integral part of all three phases. In most instances rehabilitation begins immediately after injury to minimize the effects of inability and speed up the return to pre-injury status. There is no doubt that strengthening can aid in restoring an injured neck and or back to pre-injury function. The overall goal of rehab is to help return injured spines to full function, and to return each patient to full participation in daily activities. A spinal rehabilitation program will improve strength and endurance, as well as minimize the risk of long-term problems.