Lower Back Pain & Exercise

FACT: 90% of people will have an issue with Lower Back Pain in their lifetime. 

There is strong evidence to suggest that exercise therapy is more effective than GP care for reducing pain or disability caused by LBP issues. 

Being physically inactive is associated with the worse LBP outcomes. For people who have had their back pain for more than three months, a structured exercise programme can help them feel less pain, move around more, and get on with their normal activities…and most of these programmes you can do at home on your own…it’s a no brainer!!

Did you know that you can help yourself…now!!!…by walking…walking increases your flexibility by stretching the muscles and ligaments in the back, legs, and buttocks. When you walk, specific muscles, such as your hamstrings, erector muscles of the spine, and hip flexor muscles are activated and stretched. The flexibility of your spinal ligaments and tendons is also increased, improving the overall range of motion in your lower back.

Your walking-pace and the duration you walk depend on your level of tolerance.

  • Start with a short, 5 to 10-minute walk every day and gradually work your way up. You could also use a treadmill or an elliptical machine based on your preference. 
  • Always use correct posture while walking by keeping your spine naturally curved. Your shoulders must be relaxed with your head balanced on top of your spine (and not flexed forward).

Regular walking can have immediate as well as long-term effects in improving the health of your lower back tissues, restoring function, and preventing pain.

…so there you have it…you don’t have to put up with that LBP, why would anyone want to put up with it?…it can be managed, and in most cases, made to disappear…I am qualified in using exercise in the management of Lower Back Pain. Contact me to find out more…you know it makes sense!

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