EXERCISE AND BACK PAIN:
Strengthening Back Exercises:
the muscles that support the back - muscles of the back, abdomens,
and buttocks - with exercise is an important measure to take
to prevent back pain.
Strong and flexible muscles are also beneficial for back pain
caused by conditions other than muscle strain, e.g. herniated
disc, sciatica, and back osteoarthritis. Strong muscles absorb
shock before it reaches the joints. See
BACK EXERCISES page to prevent back pain.
Stretching Back Exercises:
muscles is also important as shortened muscles can cause misalignment
of the spine (poor posture). Stretching back exercises loosen
and lengthen the muscles to reduce pressure on the discs.
*Always consult with a doctor to make sure you don't have
a condition that could make it unsafe to do certain exercises.
Posture And Back Pain:
Prevent Back Pain with Good
posture. It is extremely important to learn and maintain good
posture. When the spine is in proper alignment it provides proper
support for the head. If the spine is out of alignment, the muscles
have to work harder to support the head, causing strained muscles
and back pain. Strengthen and lengthen the muscles required for
developing and maintaining good posture. See
POSTURE page to
prevent back pain.
Body Weight and Back Pain:
Weight: being overweight causes more stress on the back, especially
the lower back which supports most of your weight. Lower back pain
is more common in overweight people. If excess weight is concentrated
in the stomach area, even more stress in placed on the lower back
resulting in more back pain. Weight can be controlled with a healthy
diet and exercise. Though aerobic exercise is the most effective
way to burn calories, strength exercises increase your muscle mass,
which in turn increases your resting metabolism. Extra muscles burn
extra calories even while sleeping.
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