Even though simple exercises usually aren’t especially strenuous, it’s still possible to injure yourself in the process. Certain movements can easily result in back pain if you’re not careful, according to the professionals at Physical Therapy of Andalusia in Covington County, AL. Here, they offer a few tips to ensure you both enjoy the workout and stay discomfort-free.
How to Prevent Back Pain From Exercises
1. Pay Attention to Your Breathing
It’s easy to get sidetracked by focusing on how to do a certain pose correctly, but it’s crucial to also pay attention to your respiratory rate. Breathing slowly and deeply will stabilize your spine and, and the back muscles. This then effects your balance positively affecting and helps you avoid back issues.
2. Don’t Push Yourself Too Far
If you’re doing an exercise and it starts to hurt, stop! Pain is your body’s way of signaling that injury may be imminent. Instead, flow into a different exercise or go back to a standing position if you find you’re uncomfortable.
3. Bend Forward Slowly During Yoga
When doing yoga most poses call for practitioners to bend forward and touch their toes or the ground. However, if you can’t reach down all the way, don’t strain your back muscles by trying to do it anyway. Instead, bend your knees, or simply reach as far as you can and make it a goal to progress. You can even use blocks if you have them for support.
If you’ve been dealing with back pain, whether it’s caused by exercise, yoga, or another issue, our team at Physical Therapy of Andalusia will help. We have been dedicated to patient wellness for over 25 years and can assist you with both musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. To schedule an appointment with our physical therapist, call (334) 222-5785. To learn more about our services, go online today.