What’s The Connection Between Exercise and Back Pain?

Back pain can sometimes be caused by sudden incidents, such as an auto accident, a fall, or any other unexpected injury. However, the vast majority of the time, people experience back pain in a gradual and steady manner because of their lifestyles, which often includes habits which contribute to poor back and spine health. Chiropractors tend to see a strong connection between people who don’t exercise and lead heavily sedentary lifestyles, and instances of back pain and discomfort.

Why You Should Be Exercising More

You don’t need to become a full-blown health nut and go for three-mile runs every morning in order to prevent back pain occurences. When it comes down to it, most of us lead lifestyles which require very little physical activity and movement. Between our commutes to work, our mealtimes at the table, and relaxing on the couch at home, your body is moving much less than you may realize. Over time, the lack of movement creates a feeling of stiffness in the joints and muscles of the body, including those surrounding the spine. People who work at a desk in front of a computer are at an especially high risk of developing back pain and other health issues related to how much they stay seated in one position for hours at a time.

How You Should Exercise For Better Back Health 

Making sure your core and back muscles are being stretched out and engaged regularly throughout the day is key to preventing instances of back pain and discomfort. At the very least, make sure to stand up and walk away from your desk as often as is reasonably allowed. Even just standing up and stretching for two minutes can be enough to prevent pressure from building on your spinal column as you sit throughout the day. 

If you can fit exercise routines into your week, opt for low-impact workouts such as jogging, cycling, and swimming. These can all help to strengthen and condition the muscles in your back and core, which will in turn help support your spinal column. 

You may also want to consider meeting with a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic clinics for a walk-in consultation appointment. Our chiropractors can help you along the path to improved health and wellness with safe spinal adjustments and helpful lifestyle advice. 

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