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Back Pain? Just Add Water!

By Sara Butler

If you suffer from chronic back pain, there’s something the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic think you should do -- get in the pool! Exercises in the pool or just floating around can have a positive impact on your spine that works to strengthen muscles without high impact and help you to relax. Here are a few chiropractor-approved ways water can benefit you if you suffer from chronic back pain.

It’s Relaxing

You may not realize it, but if you suffer from chronic back pain, then your body is probably very tense all over. Getting in the water and simply floating around can really help those muscles to loosen up and relax.

In fact, evidence has shown that floating in the water with your head bobbing up above the surface and your feet dangling below helps to slow your breathing and heart rate, helping to calm your nervous system. To help you attain this position, a pool noodle is a great tool to hook under your arms.

Reduces Pressure

Low-impact exercise and movements are important when you suffer from chronic back pain. That’s because they help to keep your muscles strong and your joints loose without putting pressure on your back, unlike high-impact activities such as running. People who suffer from joint pain find that being in the water helps to relieve lower back pain and helps them to stay active too. If you’re able, sign up for a water aerobics or water yoga class and reap the benefits of hanging out in the water!

It Adds Resistance

Water exercise is the ultimate bodyweight exercise, meaning that it adds resistance to the movements you make without adding additional weight. The resistance you encounter in the water is your own body weight working against the water, making it easier on your joints.

This kind of exercise is also important for core strength, which is essential for those with back pain. Strong core muscles can help to reduce pressure and pain on your spine, helping you to find relief from chronic back pain.

Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today about ways you can incorporate water exercise into your life. They may have some tips and suggestions to help you get started. Just remember that getting your body moving is important to your overall health and wellness -- if you can be kind to your joints in the process, then it's a win!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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