After getting through the first month or so of treatment, Doctor Becerra generally does a re-exam to check how a patient is doing with their care. It incorporates many of the same tests that he does at the initial visit. At this point, many of our patients are cleared to begin strength and resistance exercises, as their back or neck is stable enough to begin more corrective care. One way we begin is with the resistance bands.
In the office, we actually have two different types of bands. The first isn’t much of a band at all; in fact, many patients are a bit concerned by its odd appearance when we first pull it out!
Our amazing patient Lisa!
This is the easier of the two to use. With these resistance exercises, the idea is to strengthen the muscles in your neck by holding the black band against the back of your neck and gently pushing against the top bar. The ultimate goal is to get your body to a point where it’s holding the adjustments and not slipping back into a flare up as frequently. Sometimes, patients will be a bit sore, but think of it as exercise!
Another method we use, and recommend for patients to do at home so they can continue their resistance exercises, is exercise bands like these:
You can find them anywhere in stores where exercise equipment is sold, generally in packs of three with varying resistances. The idea is the same when you use the bands, it’s just a bit more difficult to hold steady, which is why we start off with the black resistance band first.
While the idea of these exercises and even their appearance is a bit strange at first, we’ve seen marked improvement in patients who stick to them! Resistance exercises are an excellent complement to regular adjustments.