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Is Exercise Ruining Your Back Health?

By Genevieve Cunningham

We’ve all been told that exercise is one of the best ways to boost our health. It burns calories to keep us at a healthy weight, increases energy, stabilizes moods, and leaves us feeling refreshed. It should definitely be a part of the routine. But, is it possible that some kinds of exercise aren’t as great as they seem? Could they actually be doing damage to our bodies? In fact, some types of exercise, such as the three mentioned below, may actually cause back pain. Read on to find out which exercises can cause this phenomenon, followed by what you can do about it.

Running

Running is a great exercise, but it’s also really hard on your body. You literally pound the pavement with each step, so your knees and your back are taking a direct hit. Over time, this can cause injury, constant pain, and even misalignments of the spine which will exacerbate the pain problem. While running is a great way to get in shape, it should be done with caution and care.

Lifting Weights

There is no doubt that lifting weights is good for you, but it’s also incredibly important to do this with perfect form. Bad form when lifting weights is a sure-fire way to strain your back and cause significant pain in the body. Should you skip the weight room? Absolutely not. But you should absolutely get the help of a professional if you have any questions regarding how a particular lift should be done.

Contact Sports

No-brainer, right? While fun sports with friends is a great and light-hearted way to stay in shape, it can definitely be the cause of pain and injuries. If you’re playing sports to stay in shape, it’s more important than ever to keep your back healthy. Jumping, running, and sometimes jarring with others are often a part of the game. All of these can cause pain and discomfort that may need a little attention sooner rather than later.

So, do you have to give up your favorite workouts? Not at all. Instead, just add chiropractic care to your routine. Chiropractors can help keep the spine aligned, which can help fight off pain and discomfort. You can absolutely enjoy your workouts and keep your body healthy at the same time. If you would like to try chiropractic care, visit The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easy and stress-free with walk-in visits and an affordable pricing plan. Don’t give up exercise! Just add a quick trip to The Joint to your normal routine, and you’ll have better health, less pain, and a workout you can enjoy from now into the future.

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