Your life can be impacted from back pain in many different ways. It may put an end to exercising or from enjoying many daily activities. If you are dealing with chronic back pain, continue reading for some helpful tips that can have you feeling much better.

If your back pain gets to be too debilitating, consider seeking professional help. If you have insurance, there is a good chance it might cover a few sessions. Trained physical therapists can give you helpful advice and help you to develop an exercise regimen that will work to strengthen your back.

Always take time to stretch, regardless of whether you will encounter strenuous activity. If you stretch, you are giving your back more preparation for the day ahead, without which you could be allowing yourself to experience pain and even injuries. Even if you aren’t planning a stressful day, you want to make sure that you are stretching sufficiently to loosen those muscles in the back that are used so often.

Take breaks between long periods of sitting to keep your back in tip top shape. Taking regular walks or just getting up and doing some stretching exercises will go along way towards preventing back pain. Sitting for long periods of time will bunch up your muscles and cause strain and tension.alamo-chiropractor

 

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Chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate back pain. Chiropractors manipulate the spine using various techniques to help align the spine, thereby relieving back pain. Some chiropractors utilize tools, such as impact guns and electrical stimulation, while others rely solely on physical manipulation. Many people find that this type of approach relieves their back pain.

Chiropractors are able to try and heal back pain and prevent further back pain by realigning a person’s spinal column. They are back specialists and therefore very confident in their abilities to help improve one’s back and provide the necessary healing process. Chiropractors can be very efficient in helping you get rid of your back pain.

If you have back pain and have the money for it, consider paying for a visit to the chiropractor. Chiropractors are trained in many different ways to help minimize pain in your body and many specialize in back pain. If it works out financially, a trip to the chiropractor might just cure what ails your back.

If you are suffering from chronic back pain, apply the tips and advice from this article to your life, and wait to see what happens. Pain caused by back issues should not be left untreated. If your Alamo chiropractors for more details.

There’s a curious dynamic at work in youth sports these days. Maybe you’ve noticed?

On the one hand, public health officials are worried about a broad decline in team sports participation among children. According to a recent survey, the number of kids between the ages of 6 and 17 who play organized baseball, basketball, football, and soccer fell about 4% between 2008 and 2012.

And on the other hand, healthcare professionals are also worried about many of the estimated 60 million children in the U.S. who do play organized team sports. They see signs that young athletes may be taking their sports too seriously—training too hard, playing too much and specializing too early in life. The popular media offers many statistics and Young Athletesanecdotes that seem to point in this direction:

  • “While injuries from recreational activities such as biking have fallen over the last decade, team sports including football and soccer saw injuries rise by 22.8% and 10.8% respectively…” (Wall Street Journal)
  • “While concussions account for about 15% of youth sports injuries, experts say many sports carry risks for musculoskeletal injuries, in large part due to increased emphasis on year-round competition, single-sport concentration , and intense training regimens, even for pre-teen athletes.” (Wall Street Journal)
  • “Overuse and overtraining are also major concerns… As children become good at competitive sports, there is sometimes an impulse to keep them in the same sport year round, which may not be the healthiest thing for a young athlete.” (HealthDay News)

What’s more alarming to physicians than the number of youth sports injuries is the nature of those injuries. A troubling new pattern seems to be emerging. According to Dr. Amy Valasek, a sports medicine expert at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, only about half , the sports injuries she sees are the sorts of sprains, strains, fractures and concussions that have traditionally been common among young athletes. 50% to 60% of them are related to overuse. Because the musculoskeletal system of children and teenagers is still growing, they may be especially susceptible to these kinds of injuries.    

Unsurprisingly, each sport has its own risk profile when it comes to overuse injuries. For instance, overuse injuries of the shin and knees are most common to runners. Baseball, softball and football players often have elbow and shoulder injuries. Cheerleaders, skaters and dancers are prone to ankle injuries. And gymnasts frequently encounter wrist injuries as a result of the extreme demands their sport places on this particular part of the body.

In addition, doctors say they tend to these types of overuse injuries more often in children who play one sport year-round or play over multiple consecutive seasons without taking a break rather than in those who participate in a variety of athletic activities. Recent research found serious overuse injuries are 2.3 times more common in young, single-sport athletes than they are in more well-rounded athletes, even after accounting for the number of hours committed.

There may be several reasons for the apparent trend in overuse injuries. Experts believe that there’s growing pressure among athletes to specialize in one sport—and sometimes even in one position—at a younger and younger age. They also believe that youth training programs and competition schedules are simply becoming more demanding. At the same time, though, it’s likely that many managers and coaches at this level (not to mention parents) don’t fully understand the risks and don’t work with their young athletes to build healthy training and injury prevention habits. And when they are injured, it’s not uncommon for children to return to practice before their injuries are completely healed.

So what’s the best advice for the parents of a talented (or even just enthusiastic) young athlete?

  • Encourage a wide variety of athletic activities and well-rounded development. Evidence suggests that playing more sports leads to fewer overuse injuries, lower burnout rates and better overall performance in the long run. While there’s no hard-and-fast “rule,” many experts suggest that children and parents avoid specializing in a single sport before the age of 14.
  • Take time off. The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness advises that children practice no more than five days per week and take at least one day off from any organized training. Some experts offer an alternative rule-of-thumb: young athletes shouldn’t participate in a sports more hours a week than their age. The Council also suggests a 2- to 3-month break to recover between seasons.
  • Teach—and practice—injury prevention from an early age. Warm-ups and whole-body stretches should become lifelong habits.
  • Be sure your athlete understands what overuse injuries are, how to recognize them and how they should be treated.

Additional Resources

Intense, Specialized Training in Young Athletes Linked to Serious Overuse Injuries. http://www.newswise.com/articles/intense-specialized-training-in-young-athletes-linked-to-serious-overuse-injuries

Sports Should Be Child’s Play. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/opinion/sports-should-be-childs-play.html

Guidelines for Young Athletes to Reduce Injuries. http://online.wsj.com/articles/guidelines-for-young-athletes-to-reduce-injuries-1416869652