Hesitant to start working out because you’re afraid of hurting yourself? Don’t let fear keep you from your health and fitness goals.
A recent article in the JAMA Internal Medicine looked at 23 studies that included more than 30,000 participants. Their goal was to review the effectiveness of tools such as shoe inserts and back belts in reducing lower back pain. However, the results were more far-reaching.
“What we do understand about the back it that the more you use it, the more likely you are to keep it strong, fit and healthy,” says Chris Maher, health researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to go after your goals! Just remember to start slowly and listen to your body. The most frequent cause of back injuries that I see in my practice involve someone stepping up their workouts too quickly and too aggressively.
When should you see your doctor? If you are dealing with back pain, here are 3 signs you shouldn’t ignore:
1) You feel numbness and/or tingling in your back or legs
2) You have back pain when you cough or sneeze
3) You have trouble sleeping at night because of back pain
If you have any concerns about your back health or starting a fitness routine, come on in and let’s talk about the right strategy for your individual needs. With the right approach, exercise is an important tool to protect your back for years to come.
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