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Easing Back Pain With Exercise

By Stephen R. Farris

Going to the chiropractor when you're feeling aches and pains in your back, joints and/or neck, can give you much needed relief. During your treatment period, your chiropractor will suggest certain exercises you can do at home to help speed up the recovery process.

While you receive tips on the exercises that will most benefit you, there are other forms that you can incorporate as you begin to regain your agility and mobility, such as yoga and/or tai chi. Not only do they offer movements to work your body physically, but there are techniques to assist with breathing and to calm the mind.

After all, when we hurt it can be very stressful to our overall health. Both exercises can help reduce the aches and pains you may feel in your lower back area. Another plus is that exercising to help strengthen your back, joints and neck are all natural ways to get relief when these areas hurt.

How They Work

As with any exercise you'll want to start slow and gradually build intensity. Both yoga and tai chi are built on oneness of mind and body. When people experience chronic pain in their lower back area, often they will feel helpless and even depressed. Yoga and tai chi, with movement and meditation, can keep the mind from developing into a depressive state. The movements involved can help regain mobility, along with your chiropractic treatments.

What It Means to Your Health

Besides the obvious of getting better and feeling more relief, exercising between your chiropractic treatments can result in less time missed on the job and with activities associated with your active lifestyle. It also means a little less stress on your mind and your body as a whole, plus you'll be in a much better mood around your friends and loved ones.

Your local chiropractor is available to answer your questions when it comes to your overall health and well-being, whether it's nutrition related, stress related, or physical related. Be open with your chiropractor so they can better assess your situation, so that they can talk more with you about treatment options they offer and help put you back on the road to a more healthy, vibrant and active you!

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

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