Swim For Your Life: It Is Great for Your Back
By Virginia Laird
There are a great many workouts chiropractors would recommend that cause little to no stress on the back. Among them, swimming is top of the list. Not only is this great for the back, it is actually one of the best exercises for the entire body. If you are not a swimmer, there is no need to shut the door on this idea. There are other activities in the pool that are just as good as taking a long swim. Some of those activities include water aerobics, arthritis classes, and many more. There are many benefits to choosing water workouts, including:
- Water is stress relieving
- Water workouts and swimming are low impact
- Swimming strengthens physical endurance
Water Offers Stress Relief
There is something therapeutic about being in the water. It alters the tension that gravity puts on the body. This can help those with joint and arthritic issues. Water also can help the body relax. Chiropractors have long recommended water exercise to those who suffer with back issues. It helps to reduce the impact that movement on the ground can have on the spine.
Water Workouts are Low Impact
Low impact refers to exercises that are less stressful to the body. On land, this means workouts that always have one foot on the ground. In the water, all exercises become low impact. Water provides resistance naturally that can help to strengthen muscles without the strain that weightlifting can put on individuals. Chiropractors suggest those wanting to build strength, but suffer from back pain, to use water classes.
Swimming Strengthens Physical Endurance
Research suggests that one of the best workouts a person can take part in is swimming. This is for many reasons, including building and strengthening physical endurance. Although weightlifting may not be a part of working out in the water, it does offer a great deal of resistance. This allows for the building of muscles. Chiropractors recommend those who struggle with back pain to use water therapy to help build back muscles and correct posture.
If you are unsure about exactly how water workouts can help you, visit with your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in your neighborhood. With no appointment necessary, it would be easy to stop by on your way to the pool.
Here’s to hoping you find the best way to utilize your water experience. Happy swimming!
To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.