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Working Around Back Pain

By Debra Rodzinak

As a runner, I am used to running with some form of pain.  This is just a normal part of running life.  However, I have learned to listen to my body, and if the pain becomes too intense or just doesn’t feel like “normal” pain, I stop.  This has helped me to stay injury-free for several years. 

Exercising with Pain

However, some people who experience back pain think it is not all right to exercise.  This is true and false.  Just like with my running, if you have back pain, there are ways to work around the pain.  In fact, many doctors recommend that patients with back pain perform some type of core strengthening exercise in order to help stabilize the spine.  By working on the abdominal and back muscles that make up the corset-like structure around the waist, the spine can be better supported and function to its potential. 

But remember, if you are performing a type of exercise that brings pain to the area of your back that is injured or doesn’t feel comfortable, stop performing that exercise -- just don’t quit exercising altogether.  Try to stay active.  The muscles of the body need to remain strong and limber to take the constant pressure off of the joints.

Muscular or Joint Pain

Sometimes it is hard to distinguish whether the pain is muscular or joint pain.  When that is the case, be sure to seek advice from a medical professional.  They can guide you to performing the right type of exercises that will not cause more harm to the affected area.

Our spines are like a mast on a ship.  A mast has ropes attached to it to support the mast so it doesn’t fall over.  Our spine is the same way, but instead of ropes, we must rely on the muscles of our back to keep the spine upright.  If these muscles are weak, the spine can slip out of place and cause intense pain.  Everyday stresses can cause weak back muscles to become imbalanced and then those stresses begin to go through the static structures in the spine, like the discs or vertebrae.  This leads to constant wear and tear on the spine.  Just 10 to 15 minutes per day of exercise can help strengthen the back muscles and prevent a lot of these problems. 

Proactive to Prevent Pain

Just remember that it is better to be proactive with exercise than it is to eventually end up with degenerative discs or a pinched nerve.  Beginning any exercise routine with a properly aligned spine is key.  Chiropractic treatments use gentle spinal adjustments to ensure that a patient’s spine is in proper alignment before beginning any exercise routine.

If you are experiencing pain and want to be proactive in your spinal health, come by The Joint Chiropractic and let one of our experienced doctors work with you to create a plan for your best spinal health that is on your terms, not ours.  With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, finding a drug-free path to a pain free life is easy and stress free.

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