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How to Avoid Back Pain with Your Holiday Race

By Virginia Laird

Have you caught the race fever? As the holidays approach, there are many who begin to look forward to a variety of holiday fun runs and jingle bell jogs. Many may choose to participate in just one or two events, but some will choose to travel around the state from one community to the next to enjoy the holiday festivities which come with the thrill of racing this time of year. Chiropractors advise that there are some things you need to take into account to help prevent back pain from keeping you ready to run. These tips include:

  • Get plenty of sleep before the race
  • Stretch prior to all workouts and races
  • Give chiropractic care a try

Get Plenty of Sleep Before the Race

Race life can prove to be a challenge, even for those who have trained for years. With the holiday season in full swing, those who love the challenge of a lengthy fun run may find a host of them, both in your community and nearby. One thing that every participant, and trainer, would suggest is making sure you get plenty of sleep prior to the big race. Chiropractors suggest that sleep can play a vital role in preventing back pain. Research suggests that the average adult should get at least six hours of sleep each night. Prior to your next big race, make sure you plan ahead to get enough sleep to prevent pain as you complete your race.

Stretch Prior to All Workouts and Races

Stretching is an imperative part of the exercise process. Research suggests that those who choose to exercise without stretching are more at risk for injury and pain. Chiropractors advise that no matter the length of the holiday race you may be participating in, or the duration of the workout, stretching is a must. Make sure you make time to stretch before each race and workout this season.

Give Chiropractic Care a Try

Have you considered adding chiropractic care to your marathon or fun run training? Research suggests that chiropractic care can help improve an athlete's mobility while keeping the pain at bay. This is such a helpful part that professional sports teams have begun keeping a chiropractor on staff for players to utilize before and after games. Now may be the time to begin giving routine chiropractic care a try. When you are ready to make chiropractic care a part of your routine, drop by The Joint Chiropractic in your community to get started today. There, your chiropractor will get your personalized pain prevention plan started. With more than 425 locations nationwide you are sure to find one located near you. It is important to know that there are no appointments necessary, which make it easy to drop by on your way home from work or your training session.

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

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