Exercising with Lower Back Pain
Do you experience low back pain? After a back muscle injury, aerobic exercise can be beneficial for recovery and rehabilitation. A healthy blood flow, as facilitated during aerobic exercise, moves oxygen and nutrients through the body to injured muscles, supporting healing in injured tissues. In this video you will learn how to help yourself recover and prevent future pain with exercise.
Exercise is good for low back pain, but not all exercises are beneficial. If pain is more than mild and lasts more than 15 minutes during exercise, patients should stop exercising.
Make sure to start slow by beginning with low-impact workouts, like walking or gentle yoga. People with ongoing or recurrent episodes of lower back pain should consider the benefits of walking as a low-impact form of exercise. Aerobic exercise has long been shown to reduce the incidence of low back pain. Do not rely just on bed rest, your body needs to move to recover. Start with slow stretching before more active movements to prevent strains. Try to move daily and not just saving it all for the weekend. Listen to your body, and if your pain flares up switch to something easier. Lastly, get expert advice on what exercises you should be doing. Proper form is important, especially with weightlifting.