Is Exercise Bad for Back Pain?

Is Exercise Bad for Back Pain?

This 3-year study into back pain across the globe published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet reports that our current treatments for back pain are lacking in evidence of effectiveness. See article below

LANCET ARTICLE low back pain

This research paper [below] shows how the Psoas Major Muscle exerts huge compression and sheer forces on our low spine resulting in crumpling and severely shearing the lumbar spine.

Anatomy and biomechanics of psoas major

Some exercise is bad for your back but it depends on what exercise you do, how you do them and when you do them and if you are trying to use exercise to fix your back pain when it is already in the acute stage.

There are some basic things to address before starting on any exercise regime to help your back pain.

Exercise is only one aspect of getting your Back pain resolved.

If you start going into a gym or fitness centre when you’re in acute pain, then yes you will upset your back further. So having a professional to assess and advise what should be done about the back in the early stage is critical.

As a physiotherapist who has treated thousands of people with back pain, there are some rules around exercise and back pain I would advise:

  • Do not suddenly start running or going to the gym when your back is bad
  • If you are sitting for long periods, place a cushion or rolled up towel behind the small of your back
  • Get up from sitting as much as you can
  • See a professional who can advise on ergonomics posture and what type of exercise you should be doing –  physiotherapists train in all of the above
  • When you are in extreme pain see a professional who can guide you through and start you on the correct exercise regime and management plan

At Posturepro we have a new method of treating back pain called the Soaz Method.

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