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Don't Let Back Pain Limit You!
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Don’t Let Back Pain Limit You!
Find Enjoyment and Stay Active with These Tips


Pain can limit you from the activities you once enjoyed. Bending over in the garden, long hours on the golf course, or kayaking the Brandywine Creek are impossible due to back pain. If you suffer from back pain, take the opportunity to start new back-friendly activities.  
 
We all know exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Back pain sufferers can still make fitness a priority in their life with these back-friendly workouts:
  • Walking
    Don’t underestimate the power of a daily walk. Walking helps get blood flowing, sending important nutrients into soft tissues.It also strengthens core muscles, including those in and around the spine.
     
  • Swimming
    Proving to be a low-impact form of exercise, swimming is great for back pain sufferers. The buoyancy of the water acts as a support for the body, removing pressures from the spine. Water also relieves stress on your joints and helps stretch muscles without harsh pressure.
     
  • Cycling
    As a non-weight bearing activity, cycling provides an opportunity to get in a good workout without placing pressure on the spine. If cycling outdoors, opt for a smooth and flat surface. Stay spine safe with our cycling tips here.
     
  • Yoga
    Stretching and bending the back may seem like a painful form of exercise, but if done slowly can be soothing and beneficial. Benefits of yoga for back pain include increased flexibility, strengthening of core muscles and relaxation.
     
  • Core Strengthening Exercises
    Surrounding and supporting your spinal column are your core muscles. Strengthening these muscles will stabilize the spine and minimize the compressive forces of the spinal column which attribute to back pain.  Find more information on the importance of Core Strengthening here
When you are experiencing back pain, it is especially important to stay active. Cardiovascular activity has been shown to preserve the normal architecture of the spine and slow down the degenerative process. It is essential to find something that is enjoyable that raises your heart rate in order to preserve optimal spinal function and stability. 

 
Things to keep in mind when starting a new exercise with back pain:
  • Consult a Doctor First
    When suffering from back pain, it’s always a good idea before starting something new to consult a physician. They can evaluate the pain level and evaluate if your body is ready to begin a new activity.
     
  • Set Limits
    Limit how often you enjoy these activities, as well as remember to take breaks every 15 to 20 minutes throughout.
     
  • Relax and Enjoy!  Don’t let back pain limit your enjoyment.
 
If you have back pain or back problems, make an appointment with one of First State Spine's specialists.

It's time to get a handle on your spine health and live free of pain! However, always check with your physician to see if these tips are safe to follow based on your health history.
 
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Located in Newark, Delaware, we at First State Spine are leaders in diagnosing and managing adult spinal disorders. The foundation of our treatment plan is an accurate diagnosis, and an individualized, conservative treatment plan using a multidisciplinary approach. Surgery is always a last resort.

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