Exercise your Back for the Baton Rouge Holidays!

“Ho! Ho! Ho! … Oh! Oh! Oh! My back!” Poor Santa has a tough job with all those presents. He may need some help loading the sleigh. Are you ready? Are you doing the exercises your Baton Rouge chiropractor recommended to keep back pain away? Remember: Santa’s watching! So is Spine & Sports Rehab Center!

For your back’s sake, listen to your Baton Rouge chiropractor and keep exercising through the holidays! Spine & Sports Rehab Center recommends keeping exercise simple so you keep exercising. During the holidays, your spine needs all the help it can get to keep you going and keep back pain away.

So what may put your spine at risk during the Baton Rouge holidays more than other times of the year? Big shopping bags. (Make a few trips to the car between purchases!) Heavy boxes of decorations. Stress. Bulky suitcases…especially when they’re pulled off of the luggage carousel at the airport. (Use your knees!) Snow shoveling. Bad beds at Grandma’s house or the local hotel. Spine & Sports Rehab Center hears all the stories! January is always the most fun month to catch up with our Baton Rouge back pain patients!

But what exercises are most beneficial to keep your back pain in check? The ones you do! That was flippant (a little bit!), but it’s true. The exercise you do is the most beneficial. There are 3 main goals of exercise for low back pain: one is to improve back flexibility and strength, two is to reduce back pain, and three is to keep you from fearing back pain by using your back! (1) Great goals throughout the year! For now, though, Spine & Sports Rehab Center encourages you to do the knee chest and hamstring stretch in the morning before you get going. These two simple exercises will take you just a few minutes. If you have more time, do more. But Spine & Sports Rehab Center knows you’ll feel better about yourself if you just move. Heck, you may even be inspired to do more!

Now, if Santa calls you and asks you to help load his sleigh, you’ll be ready and your spine will be, too, if you’ve been a good exerciser this year. But don’t feel bad if you ask him to have an elf help him with the heavy gifts! When you are done, contact Spine & Sports Rehab Center to arrange a Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment for your back’s sake. Happy Holidays!

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