Is It Safe to Exercise If You Have Back Pain?

kettle-bellWhen you have back pain, whether or not to exercise may become a concern?  Not only is exercise safe, but it is recommended.  A typical response to experiencing back pain is to take it easy, either staying in bed or at least stopping any activity that is strenuous. While this approach is understandable and may even be recommended in the short term, when done for more than a day or two it can actually have a negative impact on how you heal.  Instead, exercise is almost always necessary to alleviate pain and speed recovery.

Light cardiovascular exercise along with condition specific exercises helps patients reduce the severity and duration of the complaint.  Just as chiropractic provides motion, which is key to a faster recovery, exercise promotes motion as well.

Exercise modifications that are usually recommended relate to the duration and intensity.  However, also discussed may include the type of exercise,  the amount of weight or resistance used with lifting, and the impact during cardiovascular exercise.  It is important to start slowly and gradually build back to normal activity.  Although the back pain has to be closely monitored, exercise is necessary for a full recovery.

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One Response to Is It Safe to Exercise If You Have Back Pain?

  1. Stella Mary says:

    A very thoughtful post to understand how to prepare the body when the back still aches. Thank you for the very helpful instructions.

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