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Prehab Before You Rehab


The unique circumstances of the past two years have forced many people to delay routine healthcare and surgeries. For many, these surgeries were pushed to spring. Now, in the midst of winter, is the perfect time to chart your healthcare plan that tackles any outstanding aches and pains, especially if your future includes surgery.

The incredible advancements in surgical procedures have improved the lives of millions of people around the world. Surgery is a massive undertaking, and oftentimes, the stark benefits are paired with significant side effects, financial burdens, and extensive recovery periods. In many cases, chiropractic can be used to avoid surgery altogether. But when surgery is necessary, chiropractic can prepare your body for this invasive procedure and contribute during the rehabilitation process to aid in your recovery.

Invest in Your Health

If you’re experiencing pain or considering surgery, try chiropractic care first! Working with a chiropractor can reduce inflammation, pain, and reliance on pain medication while restoring mobility and function. Do you have surgery scheduled in the coming months? Utilizing chiropractic care in advance may improve your symptoms now so you can delay the procedure until later in the calendar year when it may suit your schedule better. Enlisting the help of a chiropractor before surgery can also optimize your post-surgical outcomes!

Prehabilitation

Prehab consists of a carefully crafted program that prepares your entire body for surgery. Working with a chiropractor before surgery can be incredibly beneficial. Read our recent patient spotlight in the February Newsletter to learn about how chiropractic care for both prehab and rehab has benefited the patient in their recovery from surgery. Pre-habilitation has been shown to accelerate post-operative recovery and reduce the length of time spent in the hospital after surgery.

In the weeks or months before surgery, prehab helps improve your:

  • Function
  • Mobility
  • Education
  • Pain
  • Strength

Rehabilitation

Depending on the type of surgery, chiropractic can be an effective tool to aid in recovery after an operation. Chiropractors will analyze the specific type of surgery and incorporate any medical concerns, timeframe considerations, thresholds, and goals into a tailored recovery program. During your rehab, chiropractic care can:

  • Help ensure your safety at home 
  • Increase mobility and strength
  • Reduce pain medication needs
  • Prevent secondary health issues 

When undergoing surgery, the injured area may not be the only area affected. Luckily, chiropractors are trained to view the body holistically, and can address the root cause of the issue to relieve pain.

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Read our February Newsletter to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for prehab

Try Chiropractic Care First

Many conditions require surgery, but if you’re dealing with pain or loss of function, try chiropractic care first. As a member of your healthcare team, your chiropractor can help you prepare for what’s ahead, with or without surgery, to empower you to return to a life full of motion.

To schedule an evaluation, call any MCR Chiropractic location or submit the appointment request form below.