Woodruff chiropractic medicine
minimize pain, maximize health

Scott C. Woodruff D.C., DACNB
Chiropractic Physician
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist


Therapeutic Exercise


Exercise recommendations should be based upon an individual patient’s unique presenting symptoms and examination findings. Ironically, many exercises that are commonly promoted to help the back can actually cause back pain! Therefore, generic exercise recommendations as well as exercise machines should be avoided for back pain patients.

We often times have patients perform specific positional loading exercises for spinal pain caused by disc and joint derangement or dysfunction.

Spinal (core) stabilization techniques are often employed to improve endurance, coordination and stability of core musculature.

Functional resistance exercises are recommended for weak (deconditioned) muscle groups and stretching for tight (short) muscle groups.

Aberrant movement patterns and postural distortions which are common perpetuating factors of musculoskeletal pain are corrected by “grooving” proper motor engrams.

Balance is often an overlooked aspect of fitness. The use of a rocker board, wobble board, balance pad, and stability ball provides sensorimotor stimulation leading to improved neuromuscular control.


The goal of incorporating therapeutic exercise is to improve function to the point where patients can safely start, return to, or continue with a healthy, active lifestyle. This should include regular exercise at home or at the gym.
Our bodies are genetically engineered to be active. For the vast majority of human history rigorous activity was inherent to every day survival. Sedentary lifestyles, afforded by ever increasing modern conveniences, have existed only for a very short time in relation to human history. Many people now live their lives in a de-conditioned state. This has, in part, resulted in the scourge of chronic diseases that plague modern humans.