Exercise Your Way to Better Function

The mention of exercise can cause pangs of guilt. After all, you may already struggle to find time to work, cook, take care of your home, take care of your children, and so on. It’s true that many of us juggle a lot of responsibilities. However, it’s interesting how priorities can change if we get injured.

Wouldn’t it be great, though, if you could reduce your risk of falling or getting injured? You can through functional exercise. In this blog, the health specialists at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora explain how functional exercise can help you stay healthy and operate at your best level. 

Functional exercise explained

When you think of exercise, you may conjure up images of going to the gym to lift weights or do repetitions designed to build muscle mass or tone your body. Functional exercise is similar, but it’s much more focused. The ultimate goal of functional exercise is to replicate the daily movements you do, from getting out of bed in the morning to going to bed at night and everything in between.

All of our daily tasks typically include certain movements, such as lunging, squatting, pushing, pulling, and bending, all of which engage certain muscles and joints to accomplish these tasks. Functional exercise focuses on these key movements to train your body to operate safely and more efficiently with attention to proper spinal and body alignment, thereby enhancing flexibility, agility, and balance.

Benefits of functional exercise

Performing functional exercises with the guidance of the health specialists at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora can benefit you in a number of ways, including the following:

Perform daily tasks with less stress and strain

How many times have you or someone you know mentioned pulling a muscle or feeling pain after doing a simple task, such as bending down to pick up something from the floor? Many times we just chalk it up to getting older, but chances are you twisted or moved a certain way that put your spine or body out of alignment when you bent down. 

Pain is the body’s way of telling you there is undue stress or strain on your muscles or joints. Functional exercise can correct postural imbalances and thereby reduce your risk of suffering  injuries or chronic pain.

Reduce the risk of falling

Another great benefit of functional exercise is its role in improving balance and agility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year an estimated 36 million older Americans fall, which results in more than 300,000 hospitalizations for hip fractures and more than 32,000 deaths. 

Did you know that more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling? Falls are not a normal part of aging. Staying active and engaging in functional exercise can strengthen your legs and body and improve your balance, so you can function better and not become a statistic. 

Help manage or reduce chronic pain

Each year an estimated 20.4% of all American adults experience chronic pain, with 8% having high-impact chronic pain, or pain lasting at least three months, which leaves them unable to go to work or school or do tasks around the house. Chronic pain issues include conditions like arthritis, joint issues, tendinosis, and herniated discs, and back pain.

At Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora, we can customize an age-appropriate functional exercise program to address your condition and fitness level. Our programs incorporate strength, core, and balance training as well as stretching exercises. 

Furthermore, our exercise program can complement other services. For instance, if you have a soft tissue injury, your personally tailored treatment plan may include both functional exercise and neuromuscular reeducation or NMR, a technique that improves strength, nerve function, movement, balance, and coordination.

If you have concerns about balance and agility issues or want to learn more about how functional exercise can help you, book an appointment over the phone with Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora today.

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