Barton Chiropractic Clinic is a big proponent of preventive medicine, which involves strength training and conditioning as a way to avoid pain and costly injuries down the road. Though we are happy and capable of providing comprehensive, drug-free chiropractic care to get our patients up and running again, we also like to provide education as a means of prevention.
Below are a few exercises to avoid, especially if you've been experiencing lower back pain -- which might come as a result of sitting at work too much, carrying something or lifting something in an improper way, automobile accidents, and a number of other possibilities.
Toe Touch? No Thanks!
Toe touches are sort of an outdated exercise. It puts a lot of pressure on your back and often has you in a poor posture position. And what does this exercise or stretch benefit? Mostly just your hamstrings. However, a standing toe touch stretch can be beneficial in a yoga setting when you slightly bend the knees -- as long as you've warmed up over the course of an intelligently designed routine. Otherwise, standing toe touches tend to put a greater amount of stress on your discs and ligaments. You can also end up overstretching your lower back muscles as well as those hamstrings you were trying to give some TLC.
Say "No" to Sit-Ups
Talk about an outdated exercise. Sit-ups might still be an exercise you'll have to do if you join the military, but if you're trying to devise a rigorous strength training routine, you can leave this one out. Besides, most people tend to utilize their hip muscles when doing this exercise more than their abdominals. Sit-ups also put a great amount of pressure on the discs in your spine. Try partial crunches instead to achieve more optimium benefits!
Experience Chiropractor in Homewood, IL
We could go on, but we'll save it for another blog. And if you experience any sort of back pain that persists in the face of exercise and stretching, then maybe it's time to enlist the services of an experienced chiropratci care specialist in Homewood, IL. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule your consultation.