So you have gotten your adjustment now what? You may be asking yourself, how do I get my spine to stay well aligned? One of the key parts to accomplishing this is by performing the right stretches and exercises, outside of the office to keep you from having to come in so often. Dr. Zagiba works with each patient creating a personalized care plan, giving you “homework”, while reminding you of the importance of self care to ensure correction and prevent relapse. Dr. Zagiba’s undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology has given him the knowledge and expertise, to ensure that your rehabilitative exercise program is appropriate and safe for you to perform. Our goal is to ensure that you not only heal from your current health challenge, but also educate you on ways to help prevent them from reoccurring.
Stretching is crucial to restoring proper body mechanics, and long term neuromusculoskeletal health. After dealing with the injured tissue, Dr. Zagiba shows you how to strengthen your postural muscles to help restore the postural curveratures as best as possible, allowing the body to use all of its muscles in the way they are intended, instead of constantly compensating. By improving your biomechanics through improved posture, you will naturally improve strength as well. When a muscle is under constant stretch or overuse from poor biomechanics, it becomes less efficient. By getting the joints and shape of the spine closer to normal, this allows for better muscle recruitment and efficiency. The other main issue to be addressed is what caused or continues to cause these issues. Dr. Zagiba wants to help you come up with solutions to address the things you do or use on a daily basis that may be causing these issues to reoccur.
“This may seem overwhelming, and like I ask a lot of my patients, but I try to be honest from the beginning, letting them know if they really want to fix their issue, that it’s going to be work. But, if they put the extra work in, often you will get results that you may have thought were no longer possible. This is the very reason I am against posture braces. As much as it always seems nice to take the easier way of doing things, in this case it actually makes your problem worse. By having straps hold your posture for you, the postural muscles become even weaker than before. So, while it may offer some short term, quick and easy improvements of your symptoms, in the long term, it is unsustainable, making the problem worse, and creates dependency of the brace.” – Dr. Zagiba