As summer prepares to get underway, families and individuals across the country are plucking their sandals from the backs of their closets and searching for ways to spend the hot months in comfort. But for people with health conditions such as lower back pain or other such aches, it can be difficult finding activities that are enjoyable and don’t cause more discomfort.  Don’t despair! There is a way to keep cool and have fun this summer without aggravating your back or causing lower back pain.

Come on in, the water’s fine!

Swimming is an easy remedy to the summer heat. But it is also a gentle enough activity that it may contribute to the alleviation of back pain. Here are just a few ways swimming is a good way to cool off this summer:

  • As a naturally low-impact activity, swimming provides excellent aerobic conditioning that is easy not only on your spine and back, but also your entire body. Other aerobic exercises like running can aggravate spinal and lower back conditions, but water supports and cushions the body, removing stress and pressure from various joints in the body.
  • The natural buoyancy of water counteracts the effects of gravity which provides the perfect environment in which to relieve the body and lower back of pain.
  • Swimming is also a form of active stretching. Technical swimming can help improve and ensure full range of motion for various groups of muscles.

As with any exercise regimen, it is important to consult your health physician and chiropractor before starting any routine. Make an appointment with Progressive Health & Rehab today to discover the right kinds of exercise for you.