How Walking Helps Your Spine
By Sara Butler
Walking may seem like a simple action you’ve been doing forever, but it’s actually a very complex movement for your body. When you walk, more than 200 of your muscles spring into action – including muscles in your pelvic and spine area. Walking is just plain good for you and is very beneficial to your overall health and wellness. Here are a few reasons why your spine will thank you if you get your exercise in by walking.
It Can Help Back Pain
The American Chiropractic Association claims that walking can help to relieve back pain. It’s considered to be a low-impact exercise, so it’s easy on your back but still manages to burn over 250 calories in just 30 minutes on average.
If you want to be kind to your back as you walk for exercise, make sure you do it on even terrain and try to avoid doing it on concrete. This helps to keep the activity low impact and also lessens your chances of injury. If you suffer from back pain, then walking can actually help to relieve the pain by signaling your body to release endorphins that can help to ease any pain you’re experiencing. Walking also helps to increase the mobility and flexibility of your spine, increase circulation, and rehydrates your spinal discs in order to help them be more effective.
It Can Help to Increase Your Circulation
Your whole body can benefit from increased circulation when you walk, including your spine. The continual flow of blood to your muscles helps to get nutrients to your spine. When the soft tissues in and around your spine are nourished, then toxins can be drained away and function is more optimal.
Increased circulation also helps to lower your blood pressure while also nourishing your muscles and increasing your stamina, because the more you walk then the longer you’ll be able to do it and get fit!
It Can Help to Improve Flexibility
Every year, as you grow older, it becomes more important for you to stay flexible and increase your mobility. When you walk, you aid your body in achieving this, especially if you combine walking with a light stretching program to improve your range of motion. This can help to improve your posture and reduce your chances of becoming injured.
If you want to begin walking as exercise, discuss it with your chiropractor during your next visit to The Joint Chiropractic.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.