How Physical Activity Impacts Your Spine
There’s no doubt that being active and exercising is healthy for your heart, your lungs and your muscles, but what about your spine? There’s evidence that supports that physical activity helps to prevent obesity and back pain, and if you have certain conditions that affect your spine then exercise can help with those too!
If you suffer from osteoporosis, which causes your bones to become weak and brittle, regular exercise has been shown to possibly improve balance in order to avoid falls. As you can imagine, if you have osteoporosis you may suffer a very serious injury due to a fall, so avoiding the scenario all together is the best bet.
Of course, if you do suffer from this condition you should talk to your chiropractor and doctor before starting a new exercise program. In general, however, people with osteoporosis can benefit from walking every day, and that can help to improve bone strength too. It’s good to remember, however, that bone density responds to intensity, not duration. So, you should switch things up to challenge yourself and your bones! Think dancing, aerobics and strength training.
Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
These are condition that impacts the flexibility of your joints. If your joints can’t move through their whole range of motion that can have an impact on your muscles, tendons and ligaments, not to mention your quality of life in general. Stretching exercises are great for people who suffer from these conditions because the more a muscle can stretch then the more flexibility a joint has.
Low back pain is a common problem, and to prevent it your need to make sure that the muscles in your leg, back and hips are strong and flexible. If you have poor flexibility or strength in these muscle groups, then it can cause the curve of your lower back to increase and your pelvis to tilt forward. Both of these things contribute to low back pain. So, make sure to strength train and stretch to keep these muscles in good working order and hopefully avoid or reduce lower back pain.
When you have healthy habits that include exercise and proper nutrition, then you more than likely have a healthy body with lean muscles and a small amount of fat. Strength training is important because it not only helps to raise your metabolic rate, but also to maintain good posture and body mechanics and these are good for you spine. Your performance is better and your chance of injury is less. So, talk to your chiropractor today to get some ideas of exercise regimens that will help to keep your body and your back healthy for years to come!