Got back pain? Walk it off!

Treating your lower back pain could be as simple as going for a walk. Recent research has indicated that frequent walking exercises can be effective physical therapy for sufferers of back pain, providing another inexpensive option for treatment.

One study, conducted at Tel Aviv University's Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions, found that walking twice a week for 20 to 40 minutes works just as well as other types of physical therapy treatments. The researchers examined a study group of 52 patients for a period of six weeks, first questioning them on pain levels as well as walking and muscle endurance, then separating them into two groups: one that would complete a walking program and the other that would participate in a muscle-strengthening program.

The results, which were published in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation, found that both groups reported overall improvement in their back pain, leading the study authors to conclude that walking and muscle-strengthening were equally sufficient in treating back pain.

Another recent study from the University of Sydney found that exercising can improve symptoms of back pain to the point where other forms of treatment are unnecessary. However, it cited walking as one of the most ideal forms of exercise for back pain because it's unlikely to cause joint damage.

Prior to this research, though, walking had many known benefits. Spine-Health.com explains that routine walking exercises can strengthen muscles in feet, legs, hips and torso as well as improve spine stability and posture. Walking can also make you more flexible, which lessens the likelihood of injury in the future. Since walking also strengthens your circulation, you're sending important nutrients into soft tissues and flushing out toxins around your spine.

If you're experiencing lower back pain, you should schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.