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Managing Back Pain with Exercise

By Debra Rodzinak

I have two friends who are going to start a new exercise routine this week. One friend is going to go to the chiropractor before she begins her new regime and the other says she is just going to be careful. According to a study titled "Acute Low Back Problems in Adults," when chiropractic care is combined with strengthening and cardiovascular exercises, the management of low back pain is greatly increased. 

However, if a patient has a history of heart problems, the patient should first consult with their general doctor to see if they can safely tolerate cardiovascular exercises. A doctor of chiropractic medicine can then advise the patient of particular exercises to perform to help with lower back pain. Exercise that is not too stressful and performed on a daily basis is generally recommended. 

The Benefits of Exercise

Everyone knows that it is healthier for the body to exercise rather than to sit around. When we don’t engage the muscles in our body, they become soft, weak, and prone to injury. There have been numerous studies that report the importance of exercise in managing lower back pain. By strengthening the lower back, patients are able to prevent injury, work longer, and improve their overall quality of life. Strengthening the core or abdominal muscles was found to be a key difference in patients who suffered with lower back pain versus those without pain.

Combining Exercise with Chiropractic

The benefits of exercise increase when combined with regular chiropractic care.  Aerobic exercise, the type of exercise where the heart rate is elevated for a prolonged period of time, is known to promote digestion, keep the muscles toned, and increase circulation. Walking is a good aerobic exercise for someone starting out. 

Ensuring that the spine is in proper alignment with the body before beginning an aerobic exercise regime ensures the patient that the new, taxing stress is put on the body will be received positively. Just like warming up the muscles before exercise, the back should also be warmed up with a gentle adjustment to ensure proper alignment. 

I am going to advise my friend who is just going to be careful to see a chiropractor before she begins. She can always go to a chiropractor if she gets injured, but being proactive is always better. Congratulations to both my friends -- or anyone -- on their healthier lifestyle changes.

If you are suffering lower back pain or thinking about beginning an exercise regime, stop by The Joint. The doctors at The Joint can provide a gentle adjustment to help properly adjust your spine. Just drop by The Joint today and let our experts discuss the benefits of chiropractic care and exercise.

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