Can Rebounding Hurt the Vertebrae?
Rebounding on a mini trampoline is a form of cardiovascular exercise that can also help tone your legs. Rebounding is unlikely to hurt your vertebrae if you are healthy, but people with certain health conditions should avoid it, says chiropractor John Huynh of Mountain View Chiropractic in Bonney Lake, Washington. Consult your health-care provider before starting a new exercise routine.
If you have a previous back problem, you are more likely to aggravate the injury when rebounding on a mini trampoline. Avoid using a mini trampoline if you have sciatica, pinched nerves, degenerative disk disease, osteoporosis or fractures, Huynh says. If you have an existing condition, jumping up and down on the trampoline might cause more back pain by increasing disk pressure. Disks are the rubbery and soft pads between the vertebrae in your spinal column.
If you are healthy and have no history of back pain, your risk of injury during mini trampoline rebounding is small, Huynh says. The most likely scenario for an injury is an accidental fall. That makes the ability to maintain proper balance important on a mini trampoline.
To reduce the risk of falling, use a mini trampoline that comes with a support bar attachment. Build up your workout routine slowly, such as starting with five to 10 minutes and then adding time each week. Wear supportive cross-training shoes for traction and ankle support.
The overall benefits from rebounding outweigh the potential risk if you do not have back problems or health issues, Huynh says. Mini trampolines are designed to provide a low-impact workout that improves aerobic conditioning. Rebounding also stimulates your lymphatic system, which helps your body eliminate waste more efficiently. Rebounding helps you lose weight, raises your metabolism, improves function in your capillaries and helps your cholesterol profile.
- John Huynh, Chiropractor; Mountain View Chiropractic; Bonney Lake, Washington
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Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.