It may sound like it makes more sense to lay off your feet and spend a lot of time resting in bed when recovering from an injury that causes acute or chronic lower back pain. It certainly makes sense to me. However, I recently read a post by Chiro Nexus that claims that the exact opposite is true – essentially, regular activity and movement can actually work in conjunction with your other treatment plans and methods to relieve pain and increase healing time from low back pain. Intrigued by this thought, I decided to read the full article to get a better understanding of this idea.
As long as you haven’t just received major surgery, researchers and doctors alike have started recommending regular activity and movement throughout the recovery process after sustaining low back pain. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should go out and run a marathon of course, but you shouldn’t feel the need to shy away from light cardio at the gym, taking a walk around your block, or maybe even playing a non-competitive game of tennis or badminton.
Since decreased mobility throughout the recovery process is very often linked to increased levels of depression and a longer healing time, do your best to remain active. Combined with regular chiropractic treatments, you should feel your back pain start to subside or become less intense. Your chiropractor can further advise you on how to stay active and mobile at home while healing from low back pain. The merging of these two alternative treatment methods can really help to improve the symptoms of pain and discomfort that are commonly associated with pain in the lower back area.
As I finished up reading this post, I was reminded of something I once learned in a yoga class I took. There’s a very helpful thought process related to alternative healthcare that views the body as being similar to a door. If a door is used often, and is kept updated and maintained on a regular basis, it will more than likely always be functioning to the best of its ability. However, a door that is used very little or even hardly at all tends to develop rust and become creaky and difficult to maneuver. In the same manner that a door should be used often for optimum functioning capability, so too should the body experience mobility and activity on a regular basis.
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