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Avoid Lower Back Pain While Exercising

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Do you suffer from frequent lower back pain?

Do you notice pain more after you’ve just finished a tough workout? Are you worried that the exercises themselves or poor form while working out are contributing to your lower back pain?

Many nerves run through your spine, so lower back pain can actually lead to leg pain, hip problems, and overall decreased mobility. Protecting your lower back while working out can prevent direct injury, and control progression of a problem that may have already occurred.

Decrease your risk of a lower back injury by:

  • Strengthening your core muscles: A strong and supported core helps to support your spine! While working out, you’ve probably realized that all core exercises rely on your back in some way. Keep your spine protected by keeping your lower back flush to the floor, or during sit-ups and crunches, make sure you’re not arching your back.
  • Working with proper posture: You may hear your trainer or the instructor on your YouTube video telling you to lengthen your spine or press your lower back into the floor if you’re working on the mat. Working out with proper posture and avoiding arching your back will prevent the disks and nerves along your spinal cord from being compressed or tilted. You should also take care to hinge at your waist or hips when performing some weight lifting exercises, and make sure your chest is up and shoulders are back.
  • Lifting with your legs: Lifting heavy weight is a common cause of lower back pain. Even every day activities like yard work or unloading groceries can cause a back injury. Remember, bend at your knees, not at your lower back! Pivot your feet and hips rather than twisting your lower back, and hold a heavy object close to your chest while you straighten your spine.

Come to a Specific Structural Chiropractor for Lower Back Pain Relief

Did you know a trainer or weightlifting coach and specific correction chiropractic can work together to help you get the best results from your workouts?

If you injured your lower back, neck or any other part of your body in the gym, you have options when it comes to treatment. Everything from over-the-counter medications, massage, foam rolling, and stretching. The list goes on and on. But why would you want to see a chiropractor, especially a specific correction chiropractor?

Personal trainers and weightlifting coaches want to make sure your muscles engage with the correct order and timing while performing a movement.

Most people think that strength training will only aggravate injuries, but did you know strength training exercises are a great way to stay fit generally, but also improve mobility, confidence and overall health, including back pain?

When done properly, strength exercises do exactly that – strengthen weak muscles in your legs, core, and back, which will give you more support over time and help reduce back pain.

Our goal at Pivotal Chiropractic is to make sure there are no blockages in your nervous system as a result of an injury that would cause weakness in any extremities or affect the nerve communication in your body.

Specific Correction Chiropractic care will help any active person whether it be the weekend warrior training for a 5k or the seasoned weightlifter performing at the competitive level.

As a Specific Structural Corrective Chiropractor, Dr. Gessert is dedicated to diagnosing and correcting the underlying cause of your lower back pain. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

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