Exercise despite low back pain: tips for people suffering from low back pain
More often than not people’s first thought is to avoid exercise when they are experiencing low back pain. This is generally due to the thought that if they participate in exercise, they will do more harm to their back.
In recent years there has been more and more evidence to suggest that exercising whilst someone has low back pain is generally very safe and beneficial
When someone is experiencing low back pain, they will usually have a position of comfort or no pain. This is a great position to use for exercise.
For example, if your back is less sore in sitting, perhaps trying some cycling or pin-loaded upper body machines at the gym for exercise whilst your back settles down.
Or your back might feel better when you are standing or walking. Well, let’s get you doing some short but regular walks during the day. You can start with just walking around your house first, then progress to the garden, then around the block.
Try these easy stretches shown by Physio Ellen:
Exercise in water (Hydrotherapy) .
Hydrotherapy has the benefit of reducing weight bearing via buoyancy and can give people the ability to move further and more freely than they can on land.
Watch our Hydrotherapy video below:
Pilates, yoga or tai chi may be other good ways to exercise with low back pain.
Pilates is not just an exercise, it’s a way to balance your body, rehab and avoid injuries, and tone all your muscles.
Pilates is a full body physical fitness regime created by Joseph Pilates in America in the 1920’s. It is a safe and effective form of exercise for everyone.
Yoga and tai chi involve controlled and gradual movements, which can be altered for people of all abilities and ages. These types of exercises can help relax the body. They may also improve range of movement to help people move better.
Take home message
Sometimes low back pain can be quite severe and very acute. In these circumstances exercise is still encouraged, however the management, advice and education of a Physiotherapist may be useful. We are able to help settle acute symptoms via manual therapy techniques as well as finding out what movements for your body responds well to in order to begin exercising. From here we can set up an exercise plan to help you get back to your best.
If you are someone who is suffering from low back pain and is unable or anxious to exercise then perhaps give us a call on 1300 189 289. Or feel free to pop in to chat to one of our Physio’s to see how we can help.
We are more than happy to organise a time to discuss options for exercise and to get you back to feeling your best.