You wake up to sunshine and a beautiful, temperate day. You’re motivated to take a long power walk. You dress, eat a light breakfast and put on your shoes. Wow, it feels good to be moving and enjoying the outdoors. Less than a half mile into your walk, your lower back starts to twinge. You keep going; it will work itself out. Half a block later, the discomfort has moved up your back and down one leg. A few more steps and one knee is aching. You turn around hoping to make it home. How discouraging!
We hear over and over again how important it is to have an active lifestyle, to keep moving, that sitting is the new smoking and so forth. You decide yes, I’m going to do this, and then your body says, “No, no, no!” Pain. It’s a major deterrent to being active. And the smartest course of action may not be to push through the pain, especially if it worsens with activity.
If pain is holding you back from the lifestyle and activities you’re ready to pursue, it may be time to consider chiropractic (or increase your visits if you’re already a patient) as a way to reduce or eliminate the pain. A chiropractor works from the inside out, adjusting and aligning the spine to get the nervous system back in sync, then addresses the areas that hurt. Chiropractic isn’t a quick fix. Getting the body functioning correctly takes time, often with multiple visits each week then gradually working to a maintenance schedule of one or two times per month. Why so many visits? Because we don’t stop moving even if we are taking it easy. Something as simple as rolling over in bed can cause the spine to move the wrong way and set off a chain reaction (nerves, muscles, pain).
Adjustments will help get you moving again. Once the pain is reduced enough to start exercising, go slow. Even if you used to walk five miles a day before the pain, start with shorter walks and gradually increase the distance. Listen to your body. It will tell you when it’s had enough.
If pain is stopping you from exercising, don’t just accept it. Talk to your chiropractor about treatment options and keep moving!
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