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    What are safe exercises to do between sessions with my Chiropractor?

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    Niki treats all ages and body types with low force, gentle chiropractic technques. She tailors her treatment program to your needs and charges highly competitive … View Profile

    Depending on your complaint, the rule would be if this hurts, do not do it. There is an array of specific exercises that can be prescribed specifically for your complaint.
    It is usually done in a tiered or graded fashion. So the initial goal of treatment is to reduce pain. Once you have achieved that, exercises are introduced in increasing difficulty over a period of time. A good stretching regimen is also important. Just ask your chiropractor for specific exercises for your complaint.

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    Dr Adam Gavine

    Chiropractor

    I am a chiropractor who specialises in Active Release Techniques and instrument assisted soft-tissue treatment. I have a keen interest in everything nutritional as I … View Profile

    Safe exercise is a relative term, it totally depends on your diagnosed condition, your fitness level, and your experience with the nominated exercise. If for example you have a broken tibia (shin bone) then doing squats before the bone has completely repaired is not safe and is in fact contraindicated. However, once the bone has fully healed squats then become a safe and effective exercise for rehabilitating the injured leg. 

    Speak to your practitioner to find out which exercises are appropriate for you. If your practitioner is not knowledgeable about exercise or training speak to someone who is. You need to find out how often to perform the exercise (once per day, once a week), number of sets and repetitions (3x10, 8x3), rest time between sets, how much weight to use if training with weights (10kg dumbell, 40kg barbell), or whether simple body weight is enough (dips, lunges, push-ups). 

    Also, some exercises are safe when performed by an expert but may not be safe for a novice. Technique is very important and can determine whether an exercise is safe or not, if you are a novice at a new exercise have an experienced person (coach, trainer, practitioner) observe you performing the exercise. It may require several session of observation before you are able to perform the exercise safely on your own.

    Hope this helps.

    Dr Adam Gavine

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    Dr Philip Lovitt

    Chiropractor, Homeopath, Naturopath

    Chiropractor, naturopath, homeopath specializing in restorative health from Sports injuries to immune System dysyfunction, from young to senior with 37 years experience. View Profile

    There has been a huge change in 10 years in the safe exercises. If I said go to yoga or Pilates 10 years ago people wouldn’t have known what it was.
    I love that stuff and encourage everyone to do it, because you lose it if you don't use it.

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