After long winter months of reduced activity, most of us can’t wait to spend time outdoors. For some, it’s a chance to return to the yard and garden. For others, summertime sports are the lure. Yet for many others, back pain puts a damper on summer fun.
Especially important for developing a strong back is “core” stability. The core area includes muscle groups, such as the abdominals and the back supporting paraspinals, that hold the spine erect.
Core muscles work together to perform double duty, offering both strength and injury prevention (Curr Sports Med Rep 2008;7:39-44).
Chiropractors recommend core strengthening to stabilize the spine and prevent injury from summertime activities that stress the spine, such as swatting a baseball or pushing a lawn mower (Curr Sports Med Rep 2008;7:39-44).
Optimal posture is perhaps the most important factor for avoiding back injuries. Studies show that correct posture has a direct effect on preventing many types of back pain (Rev Enferm 2007;30:9-12, 14, 16).
Consider making an appointment today for a full chiropractic posture evaluation so you can enjoy summer activities free from back pain and other types of aches and strains.
Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Educator