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Marathons and Managing Back Pain: It Can Be Done

By Virginia Laird

As you prepare to compete in your next marathon, you may find that you need help managing back pain. If you are one who struggles with this issue, you are not alone, There are plenty who find themselves struggling with the same pain. Chiropractors have offered a host of tips for you to follow to help manage such pain today, including:

  • Preparation is the key
  • Stretch often
  • Maintain proper hydration
  • Never skip your off days

Preparation is the Key

Anyone who has ever tried to tackle an extended run knows that preparing properly is the key to preventing a great deal of pain. Slowly increasing the amount of miles you run is just one part of appropriate preparation. Experts say that it is necessary that you avoid overdoing it early, as this can deter you from staying on the path to success. Chiropractors say that jogging too much, too soon, is an invitation for back pain. Start today making certain that you are preparing for your marathon (or other lengthy race) properly.  

Stretch Often 

Chiropractors teach that stretching often can help prevent back pain. Stretching out allows the body to release tension that builds as you take on regular daily activities. Chiropractors say that these stretches should be simple enough that they can be done anywhere, including the office. These should include the neck and upper and lower back. Start adding stretches to your day now. 

Maintain Proper Hydration

Proper hydration is necessary to help avoid unnecessary cramping in the muscles. Research indicates that where there is a lack of hydration, the muscles throughout the body become more susceptible to cramping, especially throughout the back. Chiropractors admit that staying properly hydrated is the best defense against such cramping as you hit the trails. It is advised that you consume at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day to stay properly hydrated. However, on days in which you are jogging for a great length, it can be necessary to consume more. 

Never Skip Your Off Days

Chiropractors insist it is vital that you never skip a day off. While you may prefer to be out churning up the miles, a day off is needed to help the body recover. Making sure to take your days off can be helpful in preventing injury due to overuse of the body.  Make certain that you are agreeing to your days off by taking it easy and allowing the body to rest. 

When it comes to back pain, chiropractors know best. Consider dropping by The Joint Chiropractic to visit with your chiropractor about how to best prevent back pain from taking over your workout. With nearly 500 locations nationwide you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary, getting started is as simple as dropping by on your way home from work. 

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

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