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Exercise is Important For the Back

By Virginia Laird

Many people believe if there is back pain present, exercise is off limits. The truth is the opposite of this belief. Exercise can help release tension and stress in the muscles. This is not saying that severe back pain should be taken to the gym. However, mild muscle pain that emanates from tension can be reduced with a brief, easy workout. A few reasons to include working out as part of a daily routine include:

  • Skipping out on exercise can cause back pain
  • Focus on strong abs can cause back pain
  • Yoga releases tension

Skipping Out in Exercise Can Cause Back Pain

Exercise may not always be the most fun and enjoyable thing, but it is vital to include it daily. For those who do not enjoy hitting the gym, lifting weights, or jogging, there is much more to try. The most important thing is to find some workout to enjoy so that it can become part of your daily life. Chiropractors often suggest yoga and water aerobics as exercises for those with back pain. Both of these are geared toward taking pressure off the spine.

Focus on Strong Abs Can Cause Back Pain

While many people strive to get the six-pack abs look by crunching hundreds of time per day, it is equally important to strengthen the back. Focusing only on the ab muscles can cause an imbalance in the body. Without a strong core, the back can suffer with a great deal of pain. Working both the abs and the back muscles can actually cause the muscles to develop more quickly than focusing solely on one.

Yoga Releases Tension

Yoga is one of the most chiropractor-recommended workouts for those who suffer with back pain. This workout consists of exercises that stretch the muscles to release tension as well as encourages meditation. Many report yoga to be relaxing and mind clearing. It strengthens the core which can improve posture. If yoga is not in your current lifestyle, give it a try. You will be glad you did. Keep in mind that it could take a couple of classes to really love and appreciate the slower pace of the workout.

If you are concerned about heading to the gym with back pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community first. There, chiropractors will help you determine the cause of such pain and your ability to workout.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chandler, Ariz.

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