Getting an injured area back into functional movement is an important part of recovery. We know the reverse is often true as well. Called pain-avoidance - when the fear of movement causes you to avoid moving an injured area longer than necessary you can also prolong your recovery, the point is illustrated in this great infographic from CMCC's IPEC:
There are a few circumstances where early movement is not part of the strategy, broken bones or instability for example.... If you are not sure about your injury, the right time to introduce movement, or how to progress back to normal, ask your healthcare professional. Chiropractors are educated in spinal manipulative therapy, manual therapy (including mobilizations, soft tissue therapy, etc.), and exercise prescription and supervision, which can all play a role in getting people back to moving well and regularly.