The object of exercise is to stress your body physically, allow it to heal/repair, strengthen and then repeat. This would apply for anyone in the entire gamut of those looking for better health to those who are competitive athletes. Whether your activity of choice is aerobic exercises, weight lifting or a little of both, the stresses you place on your frame need help with its repair.
If you break down what you do to your body, you will realize that in exercise you are not only “getting up a good sweat”, but rather you are creating a physiological effect to your entire body. Yes we understand that the heart pumps faster, the blood moves quicker, there is a rapid exchange or oxygen to carbon dioxide in your lungs, that there is micro tearing in your muscles where such repair allows for growth etc. There is something else such as a weight load on your joints and the build up of lactic acid that will sit in your muscle tissue; this is not something creating injury but a stressor to your body.
Let’s break down some exercises and see what they can do:
- Bench Press – we know this is a great power exercise for the chest but think about the weight that is placed on your mid-back while it supports you against the bench. This would apply to any lying down exercise.
- Squats – another great power exercise this one for your legs, but that load of weight is resting on shoulders supported by the entire spine. Same could be said about military presses, as they both create an axial load on your spine.
- running/jogging – there is constant banging of your joints. Every time your foot hits the ground your ankles, knees and spine absorb that shock. It’s always best to run with great sneakers and on a better surface, but there is still impact upon those joints.
- Bicep curls/Tricep extensions sitting – doing these sitting exercises may cause you to tighten your neck or put undo stress on your mid back as you perform the exercise
All exercises create lactic acid that rests in those muscles you worked until your blood takes these molecules, delivers them to your liver and breaks them down.
No matter how good your form and technique, basic physics says that the force of the weight (from iron or your own body weight) moves through your entire body and rests on the part making contact with a surface..be it bench, chair or running track.
Chiropractic’s can play an important role in the heal, repair and recover phase. Allowing the spinal and extremity joints to return to their normal ranges of motion allows for faster recovery and more fluidity in those articulations. More moment means more blood flow which ultimately means reduction in lactic acid clean-up time. Adjunctive therapies such as ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, cold laser, heat/ice etc also moves the lactic acid out faster and increases the effectiveness of joint manipulation.
As some one who has exercised his entire life, and sees a chiropractor regularly for most my life, adjustments make a real difference in recovery and the ability to work harder in my training sessions. This is a major reason why so many professional athletes utilize the care of a chiropractor and why they attribute it to helping them get back on the field quicker.
If you exercise regularly and have never seen a chiropractor, give one a call. Our office is open 5 days a week which include 3 nights/evenings.
Until Next Time,