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Running: Is It Good or Bad for Your Back?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Running is a great way to exercise your body and stay in shape. But as most people already know, it's not easy. It's challenging, and sometimes, it comes with pain. The stitch in the side, the sore muscles, the overall feeling of exhaustion -- normal, right? While it's normal for running to create some discomfort, there's some kinds of pain that shouldn't be ignored. Like back pain. And if you already have back pain, should you ignore running altogether? If you're excited to run but nervous about your back, take a look at this guide to keeping your routine and your back health too.

Running Comes With Benefits

The benefits of running are hard to miss. It can lead to weight loss, stronger muscles, better balance, and more stamina. It's a great way to exercise the body as a whole. Those who are regular runners tend to have lower body fat and a lower resting heart rate. If you're looking for a form of cardio that requires little equipment but brings big benefits, running is a good place to begin.

What Does Running Do to Your Back?

Even with all of the good that running can bring, it also brings some negatives. Running can be really hard on the joints and the back. It's the pounding motion -- the hard slap of your body on the pavement -- that can create discomfort. Though stretching and adequate rest can help alleviate some of the pain, it might require some outside help to keep your body feeling its very best.

Chiropractic Care Can Keep You Moving

One of the best ways to ease the pain that might come with running is to see the chiropractor on a regular basis. Why? Because chiropractors use a gentle procedure to improve the health of the spine -- and in doing so, they ease the pain. But along with pain relief, those who get care may also experience greater range of motion and better sleep and more energy. The benefits are many. Combine regular care with regular running, and you're setting yourself up for better health now and in the future.

If you would like to try chiropractic care, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without the extra stress or hassle. Chiropractic care can bring big relief to the pain and extra benefits to your health. Get quality care and keep your health moving in the right direction with a quick stop at The Joint Chiropractic today.

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

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