Exercise might be the last thing on your mind when your body feels sore or tender, but gentle physical activity is one of the easiest and most efficient methods for mitigating back pain. Engaging in fitness allows the discs in your back to exchange fluids, which reduces swelling and improves nutritional absorption. Still not convinced to try exercise for your back pain? Here are a few benefits of exercise for back pain relief:
Exercise is natural
Sure, medications, treatments and surgeries can reduce inflammation and help you cope with back pain, but exercise is as natural as it gets. Physical fitness allows your body to move as it was designed to, giving it the strength to improve its natural healing abilities.
Exercise strengthens your spine
When you participate in exercises that are meant to mitigate back pain, you’re ultimately strengthening your spine and abdominal muscles. When your core is weak, it is unable to support your back the way it’s supposed to, making you more prone to pain and discomfort. Some of the best back-strengthening exercises include planks, abdominal chair crunches, kneeling extensions, and hip lifts. These exercises can also help you improve your posture – a large contributing factor to the comfort of your back.
Lack of mobility is bad for your back
While you may be more interested in relaxing when your back is in pain, too much rest can make your pain worse – resulting in stiffness and weakness in the affected area. When you stop moving in an effort to protect the joint, over time, the joint becomes more sensitive. The result is that you need less stimulation to make the body part hurt again. By exercising regularly, you can get those disc fluids flowing and reduce tissue inflammation in the back.
If you’ve committed to implementing more exercise into your daily routine, but you’re still dealing with back pain, consider chiropractic care. Bronston professionals can target the reason for your discomfort and provide assistance that relieves the aches and pains. We can also suggest exercises that you can add to your routine to help relieve your back pain – and make sure you’re doing the exercises properly. Let’s get you back-n-motion!
Bronston Chiropractic Clinics are conveniently located in Onalaska, La Crosse, and Sparta. Call us at 608.781.2225 or click to schedule an appointment.