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Dealing With Back Pain After A Gym Session

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One of the common problems that people face after a workout session at the gym is back pain. It might be something that has occurred suddenly after lifting a particularly heavy weight, or it might be a pain that has developed over time and has recently become worse. Whatever the situation is, it is important that you address the problem. If you simply ignore the pain you are experiencing and try and fight through it, you are likely to do some serious injury to your body. So, here are a few ways to deal with back pain.

Learn to Stretch Before and After Your Workout

A very common reason that people end up with painful backs is that they fail to stretch. If you don't stretch, then you are going to end up lifting weights and working out with tight muscles. This can result in muscle pulls and strains. Likewise, when you're done lifting weights and exercising, it would also be helpful to stretch. The post-workout stretches can help with any awkward pulls that might have happened during a particularly strenuous set on the weight machine. 

Try a Foam Roller or a Massage Therapist

If you have a particularly tight muscle in your back, then you will want to address it with some sort of therapeutic pressure. If your gym has foam rollers, you can use these to roll out any kinks. If the knots and kinks in your back seem to be very serious, or if your gym doesn't have a foam roller, then you should seek out a massage therapist. A massage therapist is going to be skilled a kneading out the knots in your back. Many athletes regularly see a massage therapist because of the fact that regular exercise, especially lifting weights, can cause muscle tightness. 

Visit a Chiropractor

If you are feeling pain in your back, and you have exhausted massage and foam rollers, then you should consult with a chiropractor. These are professionals who are skilled in joint adjustments. In many cases, you might be in need of a spinal adjustment. Working out can exacerbate spinal issues that have developed due to poor posture, prolonged sitting, and many other cases. A chiropractor will know how to diagnose the problem as well as how to treat it so that the joints move back into alignment. 

Once you have had your adjustment, it would be wise to continue to go back to the chiropractor for monthly tune ups (so to speak) to make sure everything stays in working order.