Surprising as it may seem, exercise can actually help alleviate back pain. Initially, one may think that exercise can be a cause of back pain. This may be true only in cases when proper exercise tips are not followed. Take into mind that exercise requires warm ups, gradual transition into routines and cool downs. Foregoing any of these are good causes for back pain because we already know that back pain may be caused by sudden and forceful use of the muscles.
With this in mind, it is then time to get off that couch which may actually be the one causing you further back pain. Anything in excess, such as rest – more so resting in a bad position, can be bad news for your back.
The best exercise regimen to develop and follow aimed specifically towards back pain is one that focuses on stretching. Stretching promotes flexibility of your tendons, ligaments and muscles. It also eases pressure on your joints and promotes proper blood flow. Stretching even for 20 to 30 minutes spread out through the day will prove beneficial in the long run. On the contrary, avoiding exercise and stretching altogether equates to body stiffness and limited movement. This means you are more prone to experience muscle injuries and body pains.
For starters, initial research on exercise tips and proper stretching guidelines is a must. You can personally browse through several sources but remember that the best resource is always a physical therapist or a friendly gym instructor. Based on the information that you have gathered, decide on a routine and timeline to follow.
Once you have the regimen in place, you can start. Make sure to wear comfortable exercise clothes. Pick an area that will give you ample space to freely do your routines. Follow the exercise tips and keep in mind the proper stretching guidelines. Warm up, exercise and then cool down. Sometimes, it helps to have a buddy to strictly stick to your plan. Also make sure to have checkpoints. Stretching should alleviate and not cause pain. Pain is a signal that you are doing something wrong and you need to adjust accordingly.
Other forms of exercise that help alleviate back pain include brisk walking, swimming and cycling. These are all cardiovascular exercises that contribute to improving blood flow as well. Make sure to steer clear of jumping, lifting and squatting.
Again, as with any health concerns, make sure to consult with your doctor or therapist before starting out your exercise regimen or any back pain relief remedies in general.