Back Pain? The 3 Sports You Should Stick With
By Krista Elliott
When dealing with back or joint pain, a lot of people think that they should stay away from exercise until the pain is all gone. And in some cases, they're right. High impact exercises with a lot of jumping or bouncing, contact sports, or sports where you have a high risk of slipping or falling are all activities that you should try to avoid while receiving chiropractic treatment for a serious injury or chronic pain. You definitely don't want to damage still-healing joints.
However, there are exercises that are not only safe to do, but can work in harmony with your chiropractic treatment to improve your blood flow, strengthen your muscles, and give your joints more support.
Not sure where to start? Here are some great ways to stay fit while receiving chiropractic treatment for an injury or chronic pain:
- Yoga or Pilates - Both of these low-impact exercises involve involve stretching and strengthening the muscles in your core, back, legs, and shoulders. Stretching out the hamstrings is especially good for lower back pain. The gentle movements also increase blood flow to aching muscles, helping them heal. And the mental/spiritual aspect of yoga makes it meditative and relaxing, helping your body recover more quickly.
- Walking - Going for regular strolls helps strengthen the back and legs. It also helps keep our weight down, which means less strain on the spine to support extra pounds. Blood flow, important for muscle repair, is increased as well. Furthermore, walking is a gentle form of cardio, which helps release natural pain relievers called endorphins.
- Water Exercises - Because of buoyancy, working out in the water, such as in water aerobics, reduces a lot of the pressure that would normally be placed on the spine. Swimming, which is gentle on the back and muscles, is also an excellent form of exercise, and many strokes like the breaststroke and front crawl, strengthen the muscles in your shoulders and back, helping to stabilize your spine and joints.
If you're seeing a chiropractor for routine adjustments and joint maintenance, you can be a bit more daring in your choice of sport or exercise, but as always, use your best judgment and protect your joints and spine as much as possible.
No matter your sport of choice, whether it's tai chi or rugby, The Joint Chiropractic can help treat joint restrictions and subluxations, helping to improve your coordination, balance, and overall well-being. As well, painful conditions such as pinched nerves or herniated discs can be treated by a chiropractor at The Joint, helping you feel better.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.