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Can I Exercise With Back Pain?

Can I Exercise With Back Pain?


Low back pain is a very common condition with over 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some stage in life. Although most cases of low back pain resolve within four to six weeks,  this can be a painful and frustrating time and it can be difficult to know what’s best for your back.

Keeping Active Is Important

In the past,  those suffering with back pain were often advised to rest. We now know that, in general, this is not helpful for your back, and can actually delay your recovery. When you are in pain,  muscle activity changes with some muscles switching off and others working extra hard. Bed rest can confound this problem, with inactivity resulting in further inhibition of muscles. Keeping active is therefore really helpful for low back pain. This may take the form of short regular bouts of activity. If,  for example,  you can walk 5 minutes comfortably it may be helpful to do this regularly during the day.

Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy we can advise you on other specific exercises that can be helpful for your back pain. Exercises can be focused on a number of different aims. This can include: maintaining and improving range of movement, improving strength and muscle control around the back and pelvis and reducing pain. As your condition improves your physiotherapist can advise you on a gradual return to sport.

At our Dublin 4 clinic we promote keeping active with low back pain. Contact us for further information.

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