Can Chiropractic Care Help With Weight Loss?

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Can Chiropractic Care Help With Weight Loss?It is no secret that weight loss is a common goal for many people and as we enter the summer season many people may begin to look for some help in shedding extra pounds. Whether you are wanting to lose weight for a wedding, vacation, or simply just to look and feel better, we can help you maximize your results. Unknown to many, chiropractic care can offer some assistance in this area, especially for those who have reached a “plateau” in their weight loss journey.

How can chiropractic care help?

Sometimes an imbalance in the body can cause metabolic issues that prevent weight loss. As chiropractors, we can identify those issues so that they can be properly addressed. By combining nutritional counseling with holistic chiropractic methods, we can work with you to establish lifestyle changes to help you reach your weight loss goals, as each of these factors are important to achieving lasting results.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Did you know that spine subluxations can actually contribute to weight gain? The nerves in your spinal column help to deliver information to your brain and the rest of your body, so any misalignment can hinder the ability to transmit important information such as hunger cues.

Spinal misalignments may also cause pain and limited range of motion, which can make the exercise needed for weight loss more difficult or less enjoyable. With the help of chiropractic adjustments, we can help you achieve balance within your body so that you can perform at an optimal level without any pain. This relief will enable you to engage in exercises that are more effective when it comes to weight loss.

Nutritional Counseling

As chiropractors, we look at you holistically and offer additional services to better assist your needs. One of the services we are proud to provide is nutritional counseling or dietary advice.

As part of any successful weight loss program, a well-balanced diet is important to becoming a happier and healthier you. Our highly skilled team is here to ensure that you are maximizing your potential when it comes to fueling your body. Developing healthy eating habits is essential to not only reaching your goals but also maintaining your results.

We are here to support you through the entire process so you can experience a healthier life and lasting results.

Lifestyle Counseling

Your lifestyle choices can play a large factor in your overall health and wellbeing, including your weight. We can offer lifestyle recommendations that will help you with your weight loss journey. Since there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to exercise, we will work with you to tailor our recommendations for specific needs and preferences.

Whether you need help with stress management or simply need to find a regimen that works for you, we can help guide you through these obstacles and evaluate which lifestyle activities will be best for you and your weight loss goals.

Chiropractic care helps your body to not only feel better but also to perform at its best! Our team is ready to help you maximize your results throughout your weight loss journey whether you are just beginning or nearing the end. For more information on how chiropractic care can help you lose weight, contact Tuck Chiropractic today.

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At-Home Self-Care Part 3: 3 Low Back Exercises to Stabilize Your Spine

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While some lower back pain can occur as a result of injury, some pain is simply a result of a sedentary lifestyle that leads to weakness of muscles surrounding the spine and supporting the body. When at-home stretching and strengthening exercises are paired with spinal manipulation therapy, patients can experience further relief from pain and strengthening and prevent in the long term.
In part three of our spinal self-care series, we’re going to share three helpful exercises that allow you to improve your range of motion, reduce pain, and stabilize your spine. After an injury and initial adjustment, it’s important to slowly build up your injured muscles to protect your spine prior to trying more difficult strengthening exercises. By building a foundation, you’re creating the support your spine needs to begin strengthening and continue to be aligned.
Here’s Dr. Delaney McMann of our Bedford Clinic to talk through these three exercises:

1. Belly Breathing

Deep, purposeful belly breathing may not sound like the exercise you’d expect to use for strengthening, but it’s a key step toward building a core that can support your spine properly. During a deep belly breath, your diaphragm is expanded with the help of your abdominal muscles. The longer and deeper your breathing becomes, the harder your abdominal muscles will be working and strengthening.
For this exercise, lay flat on your back with one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly. Make sure as you breathe in that your chest does not rise fully. Only breathe into your belly. The goal is to work up to a 12 second inhale, but starting small is always best. Repeat 5 times per day.

2. Pelvic Tilt

While laying on your back, bend your knees and place your feet comfortably on the ground. Making sure your low back remains on the floor, and tilt your pelvis up and in. You should feel the contraction of your muscles in your lower back. Hold for a belly breath, then relax.
Next, flatten your back, pushing it down towards the floor to close the space between your spine and the ground. You should feel the tightening in your abdominal muscles. Hold for 5 seconds, then relax. Repeat this exercise 20 times in the morning and 20 times in the evening.
You can also take this move on an exercise ball. With your legs at a right angle and your feet planted firmly on the ground. Use only your pelvis, keeping your knees still, to tilt forward and backward. You can also try to move your pelvis in a circular motion for added strengthening in your side abdomen.

3. Side Plank

While side planks can be challenging because it requires both strength and balance, working on these two elements combined is a great way to stabilize your muscles. Lay on your side with your lower forearm on the ground and your feet stacked together. Position your elbow directly below the shoulder to keep your body aligned properly.
From here, press into your bottom forearm and lift your pelvis off the ground, keeping your feet together. If you need more stability, try separating your feet or leaving your knees on the ground. Belly breathe while you hold your plank for 30 seconds.
Make sure you repeat this exercise on both sides for even strengthening. Though our muscles aren’t typically symmetrical in strength, it’s a good goal to work towards. Do this exercise 2-3 times daily.
Practicing these exercises daily will help to stabilize your muscles so that you can take on more complex strengthening exercises later in your treatment. These exercises will reduce the likelihood of re-injuring yourself and help you find further relief from lower back pain!
If you’re ready to take control of your spinal self-care, the doctors at Tuck Chiropractic would love to help you on your journey! Schedule an appointment today.
Stay tuned for the final installment of our spinal self-care series where we explore more complex strengthening exercises for your back!
 

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At-Home Self-Care Part 2: 5 Stretches to Loosen Lower Back Tension

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We’re continuing our spinal self-care series by talking about what to do after your first few adjustments! Stretching out tight muscles surrounding the spine is key to recovery and healing after an injury.

Inflammation often causes tightness in the muscles surrounding our spine. It’s your body’s way of attempting to protect itself from movements that could cause further damage. Without stretching, the body will tighten up more and more over time and will slow down the healing process. Here are six stretches you can do anywhere to loosen your muscles. The first three focus on your lumbar spine while the second set focuses on your sacrum.

1. Knee-to-Chest

While laying on your back, grab each leg behind the knee and pull them towards your chest. If you have difficulty reaching your legs, you can put a towel behind your knees to use to pull upward. This stretch can also be done one leg at a time. Hold for thirty seconds at a time.

You should feel this stretch in your lower back and glutes. If this stretch causes back pain to move into your legs or if you have existing sciatica pain, ask your doctor for an alternative.

2.  Seated Flexion

While sitting comfortable on a chair with your feet flat on the ground, lean forward so that your torso hangs between your legs. Allow your body to relax and let gravity pull you into a gentle stretch. Do not strain your back to force yourself forward and downward by pulling on your legs or chair. You should feel this stretch in your lower back and glutes. Hold for thirty seconds at a time.

3. Hamstring Stretch

While standing, place your heel on an elevated service at approximately knee height. Maintain a neutral or straight spine, avoiding arching your lower back. Bending at the hip, til your torso forward.

You can also take this stretch laying down on your back at a doorway or wall. Lift your leg up and rest the heel on the doorway or wall. You should feel this stretch in the back of your thigh and possibly behind your knee. Hold for 30 seconds on each leg.

4.Figure Four Stretch

While sitting in a chair, cross the ankle of the affected side to your opposite knee, creating a figure four. Lean forward slightly while keeping your back straight, bend at the hips rather than rounding your back.

You can also take this stretch on your back. After crossing the affected ankle over the opposite knee, grab the knee and pull it towards your chest. Hold gently for 30 seconds. You should feel this stretch in your gluteal region.

5. Hip Flexor Stretch

Stand in a split-stance or lung position with one foot placed on the ground behind you. Bend your front knee slightly until you feel a stretch in the back leg.

You can also take this stretch on your back on the edge of a bed. Allow your leg to hang off the side. Use your hands to pull the opposite leg towards your chest. You should feel this stretch in the front of your thigh and in the groin area.

As with any stretch or exercise, it’s important to not over exert yourself or you could injure yourself further. If you have trouble doing any of these stretches, talk with your chiropractor about alternatives. When paired with spinal manipulation therapy, icing, and strengthening exercises, these stretches can help you find relief for your lower back pain.

If you’re ready to take control of your spinal self-care, the doctors at Tuck Chiropractic would love to help you on your journey! Schedule an appointment today.

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How to Avoid Injury When Reviving your Workout Routine

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New Year, New You, Right?

It’s a common refrain every January. “This year,” many say, “I’m going to be more physically active.” In fact, according to a survey conducted by NPR and the Marist Poll, 13% of adults who made a New Year’s resolution resolved to work out more, making it the most common resolution.

And truthfully, it’s a great goal to shoot for. Increasing your physical fitness is one of the easiest and best ways to boost your overall health, especially for your heart and muscles.

However, many people sabotage themselves by working out too hard or too long when they’re just starting out. Overexerting your muscles and joints can lead to injury, especially in the early stages of a workout routine when your body isn’t used to the activity.

This year, keep up your workout routine by preventing injuries through these 5 simple steps:

Discuss your resolution with your doctor

As much as you’d like to not admit it, you’re probably not as nimble as you used to be. As we age even into our 20s and 30s, it’s common for our muscles and joints to be sore after a sudden increase in physical activity. For some people, that soreness is natural. For others, especially women over 55 years old and men over 45 years old, it’s a good idea to discuss your new workout routine with your doctor. Your doctor can rule out any eventual problems so you can move confidently toward a more active future.

Be reasonable

It can be tempting to overreach and imagine yourself transforming back into the star athlete you were in high school. But after not working out for a long time, it can be dangerous to expect too much from your body too quickly. Instead, opt for a workout routine that makes sense for you. If your knee tends to hurt, choose a low-impact option that keeps your knees healthy but strong.

Limber up

You might remember stretching before gym class. Turns out, that’s not just to fill up the class period. It’s good to stretch your muscles before exerting them because cold and tight muscles are more likely to get injured. However, how we grew up stretching (holding one position for 10-15 seconds) isn’t considered the best for your muscles. Now fitness experts recommend doing dynamic stretches where you stretch your muscles through movement.

In the same way, it’s smart to gently stretch and cool down your muscles after working out. This keeps your tired muscles from tightening up and can help reduce soreness.

Variety is the spice of life

Exerting the same muscles in a workout day after day can cause undue strain on particular muscles and joints while leaving others relatively untouched. If you tend to workout your arms everyday, instead add in core and leg exercises to keep your whole body strong. Or get out of the gym entirely and go for a hike or a bike ride. Doing various types of physical activity helps prevent overuse injury and keeps you from getting bored with the same workout routine.

Know your body

We all know that working out isn’t a pain-free experience. Your muscles ache when you’re pushing yourself, and in many cases, you should push yourself through a reasonable amount of discomfort. As they say, “No pain, no gain.”

However, know your body well enough to know when you should stop or take a break. Sure, exercise can cause pain, but be sure that you’re not injuring yourself by pushing yourself too much.

Live Stronger

If you’re beginning a new workout routine and are experiencing joint or back pain, the chiropractors at Tuck Clinic can help you determine the problem and keep your spine in alignment so you can safely pursue your dreams of a more active lifestyle. Let the experts at Tuck help you feel better so you can live stronger.

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The Long Lasting Effects of Student-Athlete Injuries

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The Downside of Sports

Whether in school, rec leagues, or on travel teams, many children participate in sports on a daily or weekly basis. Over 50% of children play at least one sport. In many ways, this is a positive statistic: sports provide children a healthy way to stay active and learn outside of the classroom. However, sports can increase the risk of injury, from broken bones and torn ligaments to brain trauma.

Many of us who played sports as children are dealing with injuries we sustained decades ago. Osteoarthritis can cause joint pain in people in their 20s and 30s who are otherwise healthy and fit. The condition affects 30 million people in the United States. Athletes who suffered from a joint injury in the past are likely to suffer from osteoarthritis, a surprise to many people who believe that osteoarthritis affects only older people.

A Path Forward

One way to treat arthritis is to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, taking NSAIDs like these every day for months can be harmful to your stomach and kidneys and even increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

In an age in which people are beginning to wonder if a pill can solve everything, medical doctors are opening up their minds to chiropractic care. And short of undergoing a surgical procedure like cortisone shots and or even joint replacement, chiropractic care is a non-invasive option that has led to real results in thousands of patients.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are a few things to think about if you’re considering treating arthritis with chiropractic care:

  1. Chiropractic care is only recommended to treat osteoarthritis. If you have been diagnosed with an inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis, you should talk to your doctor before visiting a chiropractor.
  2. Make sure to give your chiropractor your full medical history to rule out any possible issues in treatment.
  3. Doctors do not recommend getting a chiropractic adjustment on joints that are currently inflamed.
  4. If an adjustment isn’t possible, chiropractors can use other therapies to help your joints, such as ultrasound therapy and electrotherapy, which increase the circulation in your joints and have been shown to relieve pain and stiffness in joints.
  5. Though chiropractic care has helped many reduce their symptoms, there is no evidence that chiropractic affects X-ray results for osteoarthritis. So if you’re going to a chiropractor who promises to cure it, switch chiropractors!

The chiropractors at Tuck Clinic are passionate about helping our patients with joint pain. If you’re struggling with old sports injuries, consider chiropractic care as a holistic and natural way to treat your aches and pains.

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Patient Testimonial: Alainna Goodnight

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“Been there, done that”

“I’ve been going to different chiropractors since 6th grade,” said Alainna Goodnight. “I’m 5’10” and I’ve always played volleyball and basketball. My back was in pretty bad shape from all of that.”

Alainna periodically suffered from severe back spasms that kept her from being able to walk. “The back spasms were so bad some days that I had to stay home from school,” said Alainna.

When Alainna started her job in Blacksburg, Virginia, several of her coworkers mentioned Tuck Clinic. “They said Tuck was the best,” said Alainna. “I had been to a lot of chiropractors before so I was doubtful, but I wanted to see what all of the hype was about.”

The Tuck Difference

Alainna gave Tuck a shot and was impressed right away. “The initial interview I had with the doctor at Tuck was so thorough. I studied Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise at Virginia Tech, so I’m really interested in the body and how it works. They explained everything to me about what my spine looked like, how that would manifest in how I walk and feel, and how they could treat it,” said Alainna.

Alainna thought her husband, Curtis, might be able to benefit from chiropractic care, too. “My husband had chronic headaches since he was a kid,” said Alainna. “He didn’t really think it would work. But with my back pain and his chronic headaches, we said we should at least give it a shot.”

Having experienced the benefits of chiropractic before, Alainna knew that it might take a few weeks to begin to tell results. “Sometimes, when your body isn’t used to it, you can feel sore after your first few adjustments. It makes sense if you think about the doctors getting your spine into better alignment after it’s been messed up for so long.”

But after one month, both she and Curtis began to tell a difference. Alainna’s back spasms became less and less frequent, to the point where she can’t remember the last time she had one. And Curtis’ headaches are much improved. “He’ll get the occasional headache, but it is so much better than what it used to be,” said Alainna.

“I feel like it’s dramatically shifted our health,” said Alainna. “It’s been a big change in both of our lives.”

Why Chiropractic Care Matters

Now Alainna and Curtis only get adjustments every month or so, just to make sure their spines and necks stay in a healthy alignment. “I don’t know how people don’t go to the chiropractor,” said Alainna. “In addition to the chiropractors adjusting my spine, they also give me exercises to strengthen my muscles and even help alleviate old sports injuries I got back in high school.” Tuck Clinic has helped Alainna think about and improve her overall physical health.

“You have to prioritize and invest in your health now. The return benefit will be exponentially greater,” said Alainna. “My physical health bleeds into my emotional health which bleeds into my mental health. I’m an all-around better and happier person when I take care of my body.”

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Importance of Pre- and Post-Natal Chiropractic Care

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The American Pregnancy Association advocates for chiropractic care before, during, and after pregnancy to support the mother’s body in adapting to her changing body and recovering from labor and delivery. It is a great non-invasive solution that can replace the need for pain medication throughout pregnancy and recovery.

Reducing Complications During Pregnancy

As the body adjusts to make room for your growing embryo, your musculoskeletal system may become misaligned causing a protruding abdomen and increased back curvature, pelvic changes, and postural adaptations to weight. These changes can cause severe back pain and sciatica, intrauterine restriction, and could result in the inability to have a natural, non-invasive birth.

Regular chiropractic adjustments can help your bones and joints adjust to the added weight of carrying your child and reduce pain as a result.  Some other benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy include overall improvement in health and controlling symptoms of nausea.

Preparing the Body for Labor & Delivery

One of the biggest ways chiropractic care can help prepare a mother’s body for labor and delivery is through the Webster’s Technique. This gentle adjustment relieves pressure from the sacrum and reduces intrauterine restriction that could prevent the baby from moving into the proper position for birth. The goal of this technique is to prevent an emergency cesarean delivery.

Chiropractic care can also help reduce the time spent in labor and delivery. When pelvic floor strengthening exercises are paired with adjustments, contractions that take place during labor are reportedly less painful and the body is able to prepare for delivery quickly.

Expediting Recovery

The postpartum body requires a significant amount of healing. Loose ligaments need to be strengthened, nerve functioning needs to be restored, and the pelvis and spine are often out of alignment. Therapeutic exercises can be used to recuperate weakened spinal and  abdominal muscles and continued chiropractic care can help the spine and nervous system return to normal functioning.

When caring for their newborn, mothers will also experience a new type of strain in the thoracic region as a result of feeding and carrying the baby. Chiropractic adjustments and strengthening techniques can also provide relief in this region. Finally, some research connects chiropractic care to reduction of stress and improved mood – something many mothers struggle with postpartum.

Chiropractic Care for Newborns

The mother isn’t the only one who can benefit from chiropractic care after birth. The birthing process puts a lot of pressure on a newborn’s spine and chiropractic care can help prepare the baby’s spine for the significant growth that happens in the first year. Some research has also shown evidence that chiropractic care can reduce the symptoms and occurence of colic, ear infections, and ADHD in infants and children.

Tell your chiropractor as soon as you think you are pregnant so they can adjust your treatments accordingly. If you are not already seeing a chiropractor, talk to your obstetrician to see if they believe chiropractic care is right for your pregnancy.

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Easy Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

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Your shoulders are made up of some of the most complex combinations of bones, joints, tendons, and muscles in the entire body. It’s where your neck, back, and arms come together to support your upper body. That’s why shoulder pain can have a major impact on the overall wellness of your neck and back.

Impact of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can often result in poor posture and pain that extends into the neck and upper back. Pain can stem from strain in the tendons or inflammation in the bones and joints. Regular chiropractic treatment and active therapeutic exercise can work together to reduce the impact of shoulder pain. Here are few simple exercises to make sure you’re doing every thing you can to reduce your pain.

Exercises to Increase Shoulder Strength

Rowing
Using a row machine, exercise bands, or free weights to build muscle between your shoulder blades is the best way to provide added support for your shoulders. It can improve posture and reduce strain on your upper back and shoulders.
Making sure your back is completely straight, pull exercise band, weights, or machine cables backward, flexing the muscles between your shoulder blades as the main source of strength. Arms can either be up in alignment with your shoulders or down at your side.
Shoulder Squeeze
Another great way to exercise the muscles between your shoulders is a simple shoulder squeeze that can be done any time, any where! Position your arms like a goal post with your upper arms straight out to your side and your forearms upward. Without moving your arms, begin to move your shoulders backwards by squeezing the muscle between your shoulder blades. It’s helpful to imagine that you’re trying to hold a marker between your shoulders. If you have a tennis ball laying around, you can use it as a prop to get started! Hold the pose for 10-20 seconds at a time.
Bound Locust Pose 
While most people perceive yoga to be primarily focused on stretching, there are some positions that are also great for gentle strengthening. A bound locust pose can help you open space in your collar bones and strengthen your trapezius muscles. Laying flat on your stomach with your arms straight behind your back, join your palms together with fingers interlaced. With your feet together, you can choose to raise them or leave them on the ground for leverage as you enter into the pose. Slow lift your chest off the floor, using your back muscles to stabilize. Hold for as long as you can without losing the integrity of the pose. Rest and repeat!
There are plenty of ways to take small measures to create a big impact on the strength of your upper back and shoulders. Ask your chiropractor for specific exercises that fit your unique needs.

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What’s the Best Exercise Style for Your Body

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Starting a new exercise regimen can be a daunting task. Depending on your level of ability and starting point, some exercise routines may be better for you than ever. The key is finding something your body can handle and that your brain can enjoy.

Talk to Your Doctor First

If you have a history of health problems and pain, it’s important that you talk with your doctor before starting a new regimen. Your chiropractor can set you up with some simple therapeutic exercises to get you started, then you can build from more. You can also ask your primary care provider what level of exercise you should be doing if you have any heart or lung problems.

Set Specific Goals

Setting specific goals is a great next step. Ask yourself why you want to start working out? You’ll never maintain the motivation to stay active if you don’t have a clear goal in mind. This will also guide what kind of exercises you should do.
Let’s look at a few common goals and explore some options.
“I’m just getting started with exercise and need to strengthen my muscles to avoid pain.”
It’s easy to feel like you’re starting from square one if you’re in this situation, but it’s not as daunting as you may think! The trick is to start small and build upon habits and ability.
If you experience a lot of pain from activities, try low impact workouts like swimming or walking on soft surfaces. This is also where therapeutic exercise or physical therapy can come into play. Doing gentle, strengthening exercises with little or no weights can be a great way to build a foundation before taking the next step.
“I’m not in a lot of pain but I want to lose weight.”
The great news about having weight loss as a goal is that there are variety of ways to achieve that goal. Aside from eating better, a combination of aerobic and strengthening exercises can have you well on your way to your goal weight. It’s a common misconception that people should focus only on aerobic exercise, but building up the muscle to support those high powered exercises is important to prevent injury.
Whether you want to exercise in the gym or on your own, there are plenty of options. You can start small by walking and hiking or jump right into jogging and biking if you’re up for the challenge. There are also an endless amount of YouTube videos and apps that provide with varietal at home routines if you’re more of a homebody. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you enjoy.
“I’m aging and want to maintain my independence and balance.”
Nobody likes to face the fact that their fitness and body isn’t what it used to be. Overtime, our musculoskeletal system takes a lot of wear and tear and the body can begin to deteriorate with age. It’s important to get ahead of the curve and choose exercises that will help you maintain balance and stamina.
Chiropractic is a great way for older adults to maintain coordination and mobility. When paired with the right kind of exercise, you can stay active long into your retirement. Low impact exercises and yoga are two great ways to stay active. Low impact exercises allow you to maintain muscle without putting strain on your aging joints. Yoga and tai chi can help reduce pain and help you maintain balance.

Don’t Give Up

Remember, these are just general recommendations. It’s important to recognize when a routine simply isn’t working for you. Don’t get discouraged and stop altogether, just try something else. If you have questions about your level of ability, call your doctor to discuss your options today.

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4 Effective Low Impact Exercises

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Daily exercising is essential to a healthy lifestyle. You might hear the term “low impact” exercise and assume that it’s a slow, not effective workout. However, low impact exercises are perfect for those who have stiff or sore joints, are recovering from an injury, or those who just want to switch up their current routine! Here are some of the best low impact, but still effective, exercises you can try today.

Swimming

Swimming is fun, relaxing, and good for your body! Because our bodies are buoyant, water in the pool puts virtually zero pressure on our joints. Speaking of joints, swimming in a heated pool can actually offer pain relief for those of use experiencing stiffness or joint pain. The resistance in the water targets your muscles and holding your breath is a great lung workout.

Elliptical Trainer

The elliptical versus the treadmill is often debated. Most runners wouldn’t consider substituting a run on the treadmill for a 20 minute elliptical workout. But, if you’re looking for a low impact way to keep your whole body moving, the elliptical might be for you! The motion of the elliptical mimics the natural foot path of how you run, walk, or jog. This motion helps prevent strain on your joints, but still allows you to get a great cardio workout.

Light Walking

Walking is an extra convenient low impact workout because, it can be done literally anywhere! If you are able to get up and walk 10 minutes in either direction, you are able to have a quick and beneficial workout. Walking is very low impact so adding some hand (or ankle) weights and seeking out some hills is a great way to pump up your workout. If you find that your joints are still hurting after a walk, try avoiding concrete or asphalt and opt for a wooded or grassy trail.

Barre

Former dancers will rejoice! Barre classes are centered around ballet positions and is targeted to increase muscle stamina and core strength. But don’t worry, you don’t need and prior dance experience to attend a class. Barre is named after, surprise, the wooden are that is anchors a wall found in ballet studios. Classes are done barefoot and usually do not involve any weights. Instead of large and intense movements (think squats) found in other strength classes, barre uses very small increments called  isometric movements. These movements are often gentle on joints and don’t require a ton of equipment, making barre a pretty intense low impact workout.
Now that you’ve gotten the run down on low impact workouts, it’s time to give it a try! You can start with whatever is most convenient for you, then slowly start integrating these joint friendly workouts into your weekly workout schedule. 
It’s always a smart idea to check in with your chiropractor before making any extreme changes in your workout plan. Consult with one of our doctors today!

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