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Importance of Exercise and Nutrition on Back and Spine Health

It is no secret that consistent exercise and good nutrition is essential for maintaining a healthy body.  However, most people do not consider how back and spine health depends greatly upon remaining active and consuming a nutrient-rich diet.  Many governmental and health organizations recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, including both cardiovascular and strength training.  In addition, good nutrition includes a proper diet of fruits and vegetables, healthy carbohydrates, and lean protein, while consuming limited amounts of sugar and unhealthy fats.

For runners, it is even more important that extra care is taken to preserve back, spine and knee health.  Running is great for cardiovascular health, and can help lower blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol; however, there are some drawbacks which must be addressed due to the stress placed on joints, back, and spine. Particularly for women who enjoy long distance running, constant wear and tear on the back and knees makes them more susceptible to injury.  This is where physical therapy becomes essential to improve muscle strength, joint mobility, and flexibility.

If you have sustained an injury from running, finding a physical therapist sooner rather than later can aid in avoiding future injuries and improve the current health of your back and knees.  It is especially important to schedule physical therapy before returning to strenuous exercise, such as long distance running, to prevent worsening the injury.

If you are struggling with pain in your back, spine, neck, hip, knee, or any other kind of pain, call us today at (303)327-5511 to experience the many benefits of physical therapy. Our physical therapists are highly trained in getting you back on your feet, whether you are training for a marathon, or missing your daily jog.

Physical therapy utilizing spine-specialized or sports-specialized treatment may be the answer to your back and knee pain! For those residing in Colorado, the best news – referrals are NOT required to see one of our physical therapy doctors. That’s right, no referral from your primary care doctor is required for most insurances. Call us, let us help you heal and return to all the activities you love.

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