Exercising might be the last thing on your mind when your body feels sore or tender, but physical activity is one of the easiest and most efficient methods for mitigating back pain. According to Veritas Health, engaging in fitness allows the discs in your back to exchange fluids, which reduces swelling and improves nutritional absorption.
Still not convinced that physical activity is the best option for you? Here are a few reasons you should consider exercise for back pain:
It's as natural as it gets
Sure, medications, treatments and surgeries can reduce inflammation and help you cope with back pain, but exercise is as natural as it gets. Physical fitness allows your body to move as it was designed to, giving it the strength to improve its natural healing abilities.
It strengthens your spine
When you participate in exercises that are meant to mitigate back pain, you're ultimately strengthening your spine and abdominal muscles. When your core is weak, it's unable to support your back the way it's supposed to, making you more prone to pain and discomfort. Some of the best back-strengthening exercises include kneeling extensions, hip lifts, abdominal chair crunches and planks, according to Advanced Pain Management. These exercises can also help you improve your posture – a large contributing factor to the comfort of your back.
Lack of mobility is bad for your back
While you may be more interested in relaxing when your back is in pain, too much rest can make your pain worse, resulting in stiffness and weakness in the affected area, according to Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association.
"When you stop moving in an effort to protect the joint, over time, the joint becomes more sensitive," Robertson told Daily Burn. "The result is that you need less stimulation to make the body part hurt again."
By exercising regularly, you can get those disc fluids flowing and reduce tissue inflammation in the back.
If you've committed to implementing more exercise into your daily routine, but you're still dealing with the harsh back pain, you may consider chiropractic care. A professional can target the discomfort and provide assistance that relieves the aches and pains. He or she may even suggest a few back pain exercises that you can add to your routine.
Contact Bronston Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor.