Physical Activity and Low Back Pain

Physical Activity and Low Back Pain

Movement is Crucial in Preventing Chronic Pain

Although it seems to be helpful to rest and avoid movement when experiencing low back pain, that belief is not always beneficial. Holding the body still to prevent further injury can make matters worse and set back pain sufferers up for chronic pain as time passes. Lack of movement can result in weakened muscles in the low back, just like any other part of the body. Because of the importance of muscle strength for core stability, which prevents injury and protects the spine, physical activity is often part of treatment and recovery from injuries.

Not only is it beneficial to remain active when recovering from a low back injury, but it’s also crucial in preventing back pain. Exercise and movement are proven to help prevent low back pain risk and keep the muscles and spine healthy and strong. At Body Fixers, we know that not all ailments require traditional medicine. We understand the mechanics of the spine and back musculature and the importance of back health. Our teams can help you with preventative care, flexibility, and pain relief.

Contact Body Fixers for chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, or reiki today.

Studies Reveal Link Between Low Physical Activity and Increased Back Pain

A Finnish study in 2019, of 4,246 Finnish women and men (all around mid-thirties) contained research on the effects of routine exercise on reduced back pain. Those participants who regularly engaged in 5 or more physical activities, especially endurance activities like running or cycling, reported less occurrence of radiating and non-radiating back pain. Additionally, those who did weightlifting alone (strength training) had reduced risk for radiating back pain but were not experiencing reduced non-radiating back pain. This study concluded that it is best to include variety in your exercise regimen, combining endurance training with other activities, to prevent both radiating and non-radiating back pain.

Two additional studies resulted in similar conclusions. One, analyzing data from 4,022 middle-age men, revealed a direct correlation between low physical activity and a higher risk for chronic back pain. Although low physical activity may result in obesity, this study controlled for obesity so as not to sway the findings. The second additional study, analyzing findings from 7,565 older male participants provided even more proof that the higher amount of physical activity, the lower the risk for back pain. This study compared total physical activity levels to the risk and existence of chronic low back pain. They concluded that even moderate levels of physical activity reduced the risk of chronic back pain by 25%, proving that it pays to stay active.

Inactivity, Back Pain and Your Body

As we age, our bodies require more care and preventative action on our part to stay healthy, strong, and pliable. Our backs need to stretch, twist and remain strong to protect the spine and everything it houses. The extensive research in multiple studies helps to confirm the link between movement, variety in exercise, and a back that feels good. Staying physically active can reduce the risk for radiating and non-radiating low back pain, with endurance training leading the pack in beneficial practices.

Risk reduction is crucial, but so is maintenance back pain care and recovery. Whether you are already suffering from back pain or are at risk due to inactivity, our team of alternative medicine practitioners can help you with a plan for getting back on track. There are simple exercises you can do, with no need for fancy equipment or a gym, that can help you prevent, reduce, and recover from pain.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Chronic pain is exhausting, debilitating, and can cause depression. Let the professionals at Body Fixers work with you to keep your back happy. Contact us today to set an appointment.