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Preventing Back Pain in the New Year

woman strengtheing with therapy bandAfter overindulging a bit over the holidays and putting on a few extra pounds, many people will sign up for a gym membership. Or they’ll buy new equipment for their home gym. What often happens is they’ll hurt their back due to using that new equipment or performing exercises that they’re not used to.

Make Sure You’re Working Out Correctly

If you’d like to use a particular type of equipment at the gym that you haven’t used before, it’s a good idea to speak with a trainer who can demonstrate how to use it. Working out at home? If you like a particular app, make sure you’re following the instructions and not taking any shortcuts.

The Importance of Healthy Habits

Adopting different healthy practices also can keep your back strong. It’s essential to maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet. Being overweight can put a strain on your back leading to pain as well as joint injury or osteoarthritis.

It’s also vital to eat a balanced diet that contains essential nutrients that nourish the bones, muscles and discs.

Maintaining good posture also can help to prevent back pain.

Perform Stretches

Dr. Dan can provide you with some helpful stretches for your back to help keep it strong. If you do hurt your back and any discomfort isn’t gone within 24 hours, contact our practice for an appointment.

Get Adjusted

One of the best ways to prevent injury is to get a chiropractic adjustment on a regular basis. Doing so will ensure that your spine is healthy. Getting adjusted also can help to prevent workout injuries. Chiropractic care improves balance, flexibility and range of motion.

If you’d like recommendations for stretches you can do at home or the gym, or would like to book an appointment for chiropractic care, contact us today.

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