There are many causes of lower back pain, a condition that millions of Americans suffer with. Although the structures directly involved in contributing to your symptoms may vary, there are some common things that you should know:
1) Walk- Studies have shown that walking helps to relieve back pain, due to the increase in circulation throughout the body, as well as the low impact nature of the activity. It doesn't have to be a fast walk, but some movement is better than none.
2) Find a movement preference- With most lower back pain, there is a movement preference, meaning that your back feels better with one position or movement compared to another. For example, if bending forward increases lower back pain, extend backward; sometimes it's the other way around.
Changes in Eating Habits
Many people are trying to stick to a New Years Resolution, often involving some sort of change in eating habits. Here is some information regarding some of the most popular diets trending right now.
1) Mediterranean Diet- A heart healthy diet that encourages foods like fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and olive oil. It is limited in meats, cheeses, and sweets. Since many of the foods are high in omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats, about 35% of the calories can come from fat, which is consistent with other heart-healthy diets. These oils as fats have a protective effect on the heart. This is more of a healthy way of life than a diet, and can have the effects of decreased cholesterol, preventing heart disease, and preventing type 2 diabetes. It may also prevent cognitive decline.
New Year, New Workout...?
There are many different options for workouts to try. So what are some of the options if you're interested in trying a new workout routine in a new place?
1) A gym- this is general, but often joining a gym offers a wide range of fitness classes, fitness equipment, and options. This is great if you know how to work out and want a variety of options. For example, they have free weights and machines for strengthening, so you can pick how you would like to work out. They offer various cardiovascular equipment including: bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers, and step machines. Many gyms offer group classes, where an instructor will guide you through a specific exercise routine, it may be: weights, yoga, pilates, or zumba. Some offer personal training services as well.
2) A boutique gym- Innovative Therapy & Wellness would fall into this category. We offer one-on-one personal training and pilates instruction. This is great if you need someone to guide you through a work out, watch your form, and make sure you won't hurt yourself. You will be closely monitored throughout your routine.
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