January is here, and that means winter sports are in full swing! Whether you snowboard, ski, snowshoe, or more, it is your time to enjoy the clear, cold air and beautiful snow.

When it comes to back pain, skiing is an especially common culprit. The required bent-over posture as well as sudden twists and turns (not to mention falls) can have you knocking back ibuprofen and taking it easy while your friends ski without you.

In this blog, we will discuss why skiing causes back pain and what you can do to avoid it.

  • As we said, skiing puts strain on the lower back and abdominal muscles.

  • What people do not often realize is that carrying the heavy gear needed for skiing can cause sprains in the lower back.

  • Falling or self-correcting to avoid falling stresses the spine and all the muscles in your lower back.

  • This one is obvious: skiing moguls is very hard on your back because it involves twisting and constant, jarring impacts.

 How to Prevent Back Pain

  1. Get ready for ski season by exercising at least six weeks before heading to the slopes.

  2. Always do at least one warm-up run on an easy hill before heading to the challenging runs you love.

  3. Feel free to challenge yourself, but be aware of your ability level. Be patient and work up to your goals – this will keep you injury-free!

Don’t be left behind this winter! Make an appointment with the premier chiropractor in Evansville and keep your back happy, healthy, and ready to go!

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