When fair weather finally arrives in the Chicagoland area, we’re all desperate to return to our favorite outdoor activities. These first few sunny weeks feel like a gift after all Mother Nature has slung our way, mild winter or not. Beware your enthusiasm, though—be conscious about protecting your lower back. Avoiding lower back pain now means you can enjoy the entire summer.
Weekend warriors anxious to boost their fitness levels and avid gardeners tackling tough shrub removal can easily injure themselves. Nothing can deflate your spring and summer faster than acute and persistent lower back pain.
How do you welcome spring? Some of us lace up our trusty sneakers and hit the neighborhood loop for an easy jog. For others, it’s about jumping on the bike to cycle the local forest preserve paths, or hitting the local park for some pick-up softball. And many of us throw on grubby clothes, dust off the gardening gloves, and attack the yard with a vengeance. It’s cathartic to clean out the flowerbeds, sow some veggie seeds, and make way for new blooms.
If you’re gritting your teeth because you’re suffering from lower back pain already, you’re not alone. Nearly 4 out of 5 adults will experience lower back pain and injury at some point during life. While uncomfortable—and limiting—lower back pain can also provide a tangible opportunity for you to make changes in your health, so that you’re fit to live an active lifestyle.
Many common causes of back pain have roots in core strength and fitness. Your core consists of those large muscles around your torso and trunk that control your most powerful and sustained movements. You engage core muscles while running or jogging, while squatting or shoveling, and while hitting a softball or lifting a bag of mulch out of your van.
At Sleigh Family Chiropractic, we’re experienced in helping our patients address lower back pain, injury, and core fitness. We can help you understand the difference between an exercise-related or overuse injury and more serious conditions that cause lower back pain. By asking specific questions, listening carefully to your answers, and examining the site, we can determine what treatment might bring immediate relief. We can also recommend stretching exercise for low back pain and daily strengthening exercises to benefit your fitness level for the athletic and outdoor activities you love. Make this spring and summer the very last time you clap an ice pack on your aching back at the end of a beautiful and busy day. Let’s put you on the path to better health.
At Sleigh Family Chiropractic, we offer exceptional chiropractic care for your entire family. With a warm and friendly atmosphere as our standard, we believe that what our patients encounter is different from that experienced in other doctors’ offices. What’s more, we strive to give our patients a path to optimal health with excellent chiropractic care as well as resources for home. Whatever your health goals are, Sleigh Family Chiropractic will help you and your loved ones achieve them. We invite you to visit us and experience our standard of care. Call us at 847-788-0880.