Swim Away the Pain
Getting wet could be your ticket to a healthier spine. We always tell people, when trying to improve the state of your spine, or to rehabilitate an injury, movement is key. Movement reduces pain, but pain reduces movement. The key is to get out of this cycle and we can help: our chiropractic adjustment will help improve range of motion and reduce inflammation so that you can get up and be active. One of the best destinations from here is the pool.
Swimming is a great, holistic exercise for the body. Low-impact and high reward, it actually strengthens joints rather than weakening them the way running does. The buoyancy of water provides support for the body by removing the pull of gravity but it also provides natural resistance as you glide through the water. The benefits are enormous.
Water therapy also removes the pressure of gravity, but gets you moving in a less exhaustive manner. Certain programs can actually be used to target your specific back pain.
Soaking is the easiest method, but it is not to be ignored. Warm water is great for healing joints, relaxing sore muscles and promoting blood circulation.
Swimming is primal and perhaps this is why we feel so good in the water. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we want to see people start getting wet for the sake of their spine. Call our office to schedule an evaluation of your spine to find out if swimming could be right for you! You never know until you try, and it is never too late to start.
Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.
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