Now that we have some warm weather, Caspers Chiropractic wants to share some of our favorite warm-weather activities for people who have back or neck pain. We all know it is important to keep moving, but it can get boring doing the same activity or being stuck inside.
Gentle Activities for Back & Neck Pain
Walking – It’s easy, you don’t need special equipment, and you can easily walk with a friend. Plus it helps everything from flexibility and posture to improving circulation! Some of our favorite walking paths in Shakopee are Memorial Park, Huber Park, and James Wilkie Regional Park. Learn more about Parks & Trails in Shakopee, MN here.
Cycling – Hutchinson is full of amazing bike paths. Since cycling is a non-weight bearing exercise it is less jarring to the spine than some other exercises. Make sure you have a bike that fits you well and allows you to keep your back straight. In Hutchinson, there are great trails for cycling at Masonic West River Park, Stahls Lake County Park, and the Luce Line Trail. Learn more about Hiking and Biking Trails in Hutchinson, MN here.
Yoga – Yoga combines breathing, medication, and gentle physical movements so it is wonderful for many back and neck pain conditions. Yoga can help flexibility, strength, and stress relief! Yoga can be done at home on your own or at one of the many yoga studios in Hutchinson and Shakopee (check for COVID schedule and regulations).
Hiking – Hiking is a great choice for people who like walking but want to take it to the next level. Make sure you have good hiking shoes and know the terrain and distance of the hike as to not over-exert yourself.
Paddle Boarding – If you are headed to the lake, you may find that paddleboarding appeals to your adventurous side! It is low impact but engages practically every muscle in your body through strength, core stability, and balance. If you don’t have a paddleboard, consider renting one from a place like Minnesota Mermaid Paddle Board Rental or Three Rivers Park District in the Shakopee area or through the City of Hutchinson Paddle Sport Rentals.
Swimming – Swimming is another perfect choice because it places virtually no impact or stress on your spine. The water supports your body, keeps you cool, and provides buoyancy to make it easier to perform certain movements. Many of the local swimming pools are temporarily closed due to COVID, however, you could find swimming options at a local lake, or (as many people are doing) invest in your own swimming pool!
If you don’t feel comfortable with an activity, contact your Doctor or Dr. Guy or Dr. Dan first. Whatever you choose to do, make it fun and safe! Get outside and keep moving to feel your best!
Keep Moving! Motion is Life.
Reach out to the Caspers Chiropractic team if you have questions or concerns about activities for back or neck pain. We are here for you! You can reach us in Hutchinson at 320-587-2292, or Shakopee at 952-977-9933. You can also click here to schedule an appointment. We’re ready to help! For more health tips and insight, follow the Caspers Facebook page.