This weeks question of the week came from a lady who came into me with back pain and she wanted to know:
“Is it alright to exercise if I have back pain?”
The answer in her case and in the majority of cases is YES.
Providing you are safe to do so, you can exercise comfortably as much as you are able to.
This may surprise some people as their initial response when in pain can be to move less, but exercise and movement, combined with specific exercises from your physical therapist, can be one of the best remedies for back pain.
Gentle exercises like walking, swimming and even cycling can be best and not too taxing on the body. More strenuous exercise like running or lifting weights might be too intense for a lot of people who have back pain.
In fact, walking is one of the best exercises you can do as its very natural and easy on your body and it relaxes your mind so you can forget about your back for a while.
Don’t be afraid to start small with a 5 minute walk once or twice a day and then you can increase it by 5 minutes every 3 – 4 days. If you find its too much, then back off a little and reduce it.
The key thing is to walk at a relaxed pace where you can comfortably breathe in and out through your nose or have a conversation with someone and not be out of breath.
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Thanks for reading,