Back pain is one of the most frustrating and disabling forms of chronic pain there is. This is something which doesn’t just affect one kind of movement, or a particular position – like say a painful knee or shoulder joint which will hurt when we move that particular area – rather it is something that will hurt no matter what we are doing. The reason for this is that unfortunately all of our nerves pass through our spine, which means that every single movement we make and every position we sit or stand in, can exacerbate or interfere with our back pain.
This causes a range of problems for our lifestyle and the way we go about our daily chores, but it also has effects on our general health. In particular back pain can make it very difficult for us to exercise and to stay in good shape, which then can cause a vicious cycle as that further irritates the problem.
It’s important to use the correct forms of exercise in order to strengthen and improve our back condition, but at the same time it’s also important to use regular exercise to avoid our back pain leading to obesity and other problems.
Exercises You Can’t Do With Back Pain
Some of the exercises you perhaps took part in before you hurt your back, you will not be able to engage in now that you have a chronic problem. For instance, if you have bad back pain then you are not going to be able to go running for extended periods of time. This causes a lot of impact on the joints, and it can thus cause your joints to grind and your disks to deteriorate.
Likewise you shouldn’t do anything that will place strain on your back – that means no weight lifting and no sports that involve swinging or hitting anything.
Doing some CV though is a good way to avoid losing weight and muscle definition from being static, and this can help you to avoid making the problem worse. Instead then, another way to try and burn fat and keep yourself fit despite your back problem, is to go swimming. This is a no-impact form of CV that allows you to exercise without jolting yourself. At the same time it is also a form of exercise that will allow you to train all of your muscle groups thereby improving everything from core stability to muscle tone in your legs and arms.
You may find that you are able to do other low impact forms of exercise – and particularly if your back is isolated and not involved. However before you begin any such course you should be certain to consult with your physician.
Exercises That Can Help Your Back
While intense CV and weight lifting are off limits, there are some other forms of exercise that can actually help you to improve your condition and gain more mobility and pain relief as a result. Gentle stretching for instance can help you to take pressure off of trapped nerves in the short term, and even dislodge them in the long run. Meanwhile very basic core strength exercises can help you to give more support to the joints in your back so that there is less pressure on joints and nerves.
If you see a physiotherapist then they will provide you with a range of exercises and stretches you can do yourself at home in order to improve your back pain. These may involve things like lying on your back on the floor with your legs up on a chair at right angles at the hips and knees, or arching your back like a cat while on all fours. Be sure to follow their advice and to practice these exercises regularly.
Finally you may find you can benefit from something such as yoga or perhaps Pilates. This is worth looking into but again make sure you work closely with your doctor.
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