Naturally, we do not like pain and do not want to live with it, so to avoid it our body along you’re our brain will always try to find the solution. When the body together with brain finds a way to avoid the pain and discomfort through compensation, they will start to create a new so-called motor program. In simple terms, a motor program is a relatively automatic movement pattern produced by the nervous system.
The problem with a new motor program is that it was created when you already have poor posture, have chronic muscle imbalances, joint mechanics have been altered and joints are already out of their optimal position. So, in simple terms, our new motor program is at least not ideal, but more often is bad.
And here I would like to bring back the subject of chiropractic services. A good chiropractor would be able to create a treatment plan that over time and a set number of sessions would be able to realign your spine and joints. Let’s say in two months, thanks to manipulations and gradual adjustments, you have the correct posture, and your joints may be in their optimal position.
The question is: Were my problems solved and would I be able to live my life pain-free?
Unfortunately, the answer is no to both questions.
The pain will come back as well as bad posture and you will be forced to see a chiropractor over and over again.
And the reason for this is very simple. You have never addressed the root of the problem – and that is your muscles.
First, you would need to create a balance between the muscles surrounding your joints. Meaning, you would need to strengthen the ones that are weak, lengthen those that are short, activate inhibited muscles and sometimes deal with overactive muscle.
At the same time, you had to start the process of retraining your brain on motor control, and that is the process of activating and coordinating muscles during the movement. All this is done through corrective exercises and repetitions. Slowly activating and training muscles, creating new neuro-connections between the brain and the muscle, teaching our brain to fire neuro-signals at the correct time to stabilize the joints through balanced engagements of the surrounding muscles.
The process is very simple as a concept, but requires proper exercise selection, control, and time. At the end our goal is to create a new motor program, so all the movement patterns will be relatively automatic and controlled by our nervous system unconsciously.
And that is where the service of a corrective exercise specialist or knowledgeable personal trainer will benefit you. These professionals can play a crucial role in complementing and enhancing the outcomes achieved through chiropractic treatments.
One of the primary advantages of working with a corrective exercise specialist or personal trainer is their expertise in assessing movement patterns, muscle imbalances, compensations, and posture. Through a detailed evaluation, they can identify any dysfunctions or weaknesses that may contribute to the pain and discomfort experienced by the individual. This assessment helps them gain a comprehensive understanding of the root causes of the problem.