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Cross the Finish Line Without Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

What is your motivation for participating in a holiday fun run? For some, it is a sense of accomplishment. Others see it as a great time to spend with friends during the holidays. Still, there are many who like the idea of a challenge. No matter what reason you may have for entering the community jog, it is best to make sure you are fully prepared, this includes finding ways to prevent back pain along the way. Research suggests that many who are ill prepared for fun runs, even the short ones, find themselves injured and in great pain prior to crossing the finish line. Chiropractors have suggested several tips to help you cross the finish line without back pain, including:

  • Overtraining can be brutal for the back
  • Use good posture while jogging
  • Take a trip to your chiropractor

Overtraining Can Be Brutal for the Back

While you may want to make sure you are completely prepared for your race, there is such a thing as overtraining. Fitness professionals advise that this takes place when you push your body to accomplish too much in too short a period of time. Chiropractors admit that overtraining can be the cause of great back pain and, in some instances, injury. As you prepare for your approaching race, make sure you prepare your body carefully for the challenge.

Use Good Posture While Jogging

Posture matters in all things you do, including jogging. Chiropractors suggest that those who jog using bad posture can cause damage to the spine, including restriction and pain.  Research suggests that some of this damage may be irreparable when left without proper care. For those who love to jog, you may already be acquainted with the issues that jogging with poor posture can bring about. Rather than allowing your posture to get the best of your jog, chiropractors suggest when you notice you are using incorrect posture to pause. During your quick break it is necessary that you stretch and correct your posture before hitting the trail again. Following this advice can help keep back pain away.

Take a Trip to Your Chiropractor

For those who have suffered with back pain in the past, or are serious about preventing pain from intruding, it is best that you take a trip to your chiropractor. Whether you indulge in routine chiropractic care or simple pre-race care, such care can help keep your back pain at bay and you on your feet. Now is the time to locate The Joint Chiropractic in your community to get started on your care as the big fun run quickly approaches. With more than 425 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. And with no appointment necessary, it can be easy to drop in on your way home from training for your lengthy race. Drop by right away, you will be glad you did.

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

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