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Jogging and Back Pain: 3 Tips to Avoid It

By Virginia Laird

Are you one who loves to jog? You are not alone. Each year, millions across the nation set out on a jogging journey for a variety of reasons. For some, it is an effort to get fit while others may have decided to begin training for a marathon. No matter what the reason may be, there are several things which can cause a setback in your training. One of the most sure ways to be stopped in your tracks is to suffer with back pain. For this reason, chiropractors have put together a list of tips to help runners prevent such pain. Some of these tips include:

  • Stretching prior to exercise is best
  • Invest in good workout shoes
  • Consider a trip to the chiropractor

Stretching Prior to Exercise is Best

Although there are many who skip out on a pre-workout stretch, it is not wise. It is imperative to make time to do this. Research suggests that those who skip the stretch have more probability of getting injured than those who take the time to stretch before hitting the pavement. It is recommended that you not only stretch your legs, but also the back and neck to release tension which may have built prior to your jog.

Invest in Good Workout Shoes

Another thing chiropractors insist on is to wear comfortable shoes while on your jog. Comfortable shoes are generally broken in and formed to the foot. Research suggests that wearing shoes to jog prior to breaking them in, or wearing shoes that are not comfortable, is a sure way to invite back pain. It is best to keep in mind that although the shoes may match your outfit, they may not be ideal for jogging.

Consider a Trip to the Chiropractor

Research suggests that a trip to the chiropractor can help prevent and manage back pain. This can be especially helpful for those who love to jog. As chiropractors work on this the joints of the spine they are able to restore it to its proper position which is unrestricted. Chiropractors also help reduce tension in the back and neck. If you are ready to begin your routine chiropractic care, consider dropping by The Joint Chiropractic in your community. There you will work with your chiropractor to establish a plan to prevent and manage your pain. With more than 400 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. And, with no appointment necessary, dropping by while on your lunch break, or on your way home from work, is a great time to get started.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Beaverton, Ore.

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