Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

November 20, 2015

Every Exercise Has A Purpose: Figure 8s & CAT/CAMEL

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People often have no idea what effect the exercise that they are told to do will have. I am not talking about the reason most often given by people who are in the gym or “working out” (that answer is “To loose weight and get in shape”.). No, I am talking about exercises given by health care providers to patients who have conditions for which the exercise is suppose to be helpful.

I think it’s important to know both the cause (the exercise) and the effect (the result).

Yes, it’s also true: almost every exercise will have a list of effects. It’s also true that for the most part we give someone an exercise because we want a specific effect.

(It’s also true that many health care providers don’t have intimate knowledge of exercise in general and are not very thoughtful about giving exercises that are specific.)

CAT/CAMEL

The CAT/CAMEL isn’t even really an exercise. It’s a mobility maneuver or, more simply, a way to keep the joints (that we’ve just adjusted) freed up and moving properly. Patients get the CAT/CAMEL (usually) first; it goes with bracing and breathing as something they can do while still in acute pain. But, it’s primary purpose is to keep joints moving.

Figure 8s

Same thing, and then a little more. The figure eights will keep the joints moving (primary goal); they will also re-train the reflexes, muscles, ligaments and tendons.

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1 Comment »

  1. […] the context is exercises given by us to patient’s, and I have talked about the thinking there here and, in particular, the “why” of the first 5 or 6 exercises we usually recommend to […]

    Pingback by “It’s my favorite [exercise]” | Everett Chiropractic Center Blog — December 28, 2015 @ 2:22 pm


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