Why it Matters:
Finding relief from low back pain through movement starts with a basic understanding of proper body mechanics.
The right movements and exercises can help you recover more quickly and prevent future back pain episodes.
Let’s start with movement.
There are three different basic types of body movement: segmental, regional, and whole body movement.
The foundation of all movement is segmental movement.
You can think of segmental movement as what occurs between the individual joints of your body.
A step above that are regional movements which are the more complex overall movements that occur in a particular body region like the neck, mid-back, or low back.
Finally, whole-body movement is what we typically think of as exercise.
As you can tell, all three types of movement are essential and work together to keep your spine and musculoskeletal system healthy and supported so it can keep functioning at its best.
Let’s break it down…
● Segmental Movement: Moving the individual joints of your body is what chiropractors are specifically trained to do. Proper segmental movement can help reduce physical and neurological pain and improve your range of motion.
● Regional Movement: Regional range of motion exercises performed in combination with dynamic stretching can help reduce low back stiffness.
● Whole Body Exercise: Daily exercise not only helps your brain and body feel better as a whole, but also helps to improve your body’s ability to rest and recover at night.