exercisingThere are a number of benefits to minimally invasive spine care. While quick, effective pain relief is most appreciated by patients, short recovery time is probably a close second. Within 1-6 weeks, most patients are back performing their normal routines and activities. But to make the most of your recovery, you will need to begin properly exercising after surgery. Before proceeding with any exercise regimen, be sure to speak with your doctor about what is allowed and what should be avoided. The advantages of exercising include:

  • Natural Movement. Exercise is one of the safest recovery aides because it is completely natural. As long as you follow the instructions of a certified professional and don’t perform stretches or movements outside of your natural range of motion, you will almost always notice favorable results.
  • Endorphins. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals known as endorphins. These interact with your brains receptors and reduce your body’s perception of pain. While minimally invasive spine surgery does not cause much postoperative pain, exercise can relieve what little pain is present.
  • Total Body Improvement. In addition to aiding your minimally invasive spine care treatment plan, exercise is good for your entire body. While you are recovering from surgery, you are also benefiting your heart, lungs, and joints.