It seems like every profession, at one time or another, produces back pain. Workers who do manual labor in industries such as warehousing, construction and manufacturing are constantly bending and twisting and putting their backs in compromising situations. When you throw heavy lifting into the mix, you get a recipe for spinal column disaster. Conversely — and almost counter-intuitively — office workers who spend the vast majority of their days sitting also go home with aching backs nightly. Everyone who experiences back pain wonders how he or she can get rid of it once and for all. Luckily, there is an answer, and it’s not painkillers or orthotic foot supports. It’s exercise.
Getting to the Bottom of Lower Back Pain
Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney in Australia and other institutions set out to analyze as many studies on back pain as they could get their hands on. They found few high-quality studies. After sifting through 6,000 studies, they settled on 23 that met their methodological standards. The studies included pain prevention methods such as orthotics. back belts and exercise programs — including exercise programs with specific back pain education.
Benefits of Exercise
Back belts and orthotics were ineffective, but exercise, on the other hand, proved to be a potent pain prevention method. What may be surprising is that the method of exercise didn’t matter. Programs with aerobics and balance exercises did just as well as regimens that focused only on strengthening the lower back.
Symptoms usually returned after the participant stopped exercising, suggesting that fitness should be a long-term lifestyle choice, and not just a temporary one.
What should I do?
A study from the journal Physical Therapy shows some great lower back exercises that are safe and yield great results.
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