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August 28, 2021 2 min read

Lower back pain is a leading cause of disability in both developed and developing countries. When your back hurts, you’re often too afraid to move because you think it will hurt more. But in reality, it can make your back stiffer and more painful.

If you’re suffering from lower back pain, you may be prescribed opioids or even recommended surgery, but these offer short-term effects and sometimes expensive treatments with no guarantee of total relief. Also, not to mention the associated side effects that come with these remedies.

One of the safest things you can do when your backaches is to stay as physically active as possible.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE ARE EFFECTIVE LOW BACK PAIN TREATMENTS!!!

While non-specific acute low back pain typically resolves in 4 to 6 weeks with or without treatment, results of a review consistently showed that a general exercise that combines strengthening, flexibility, and aerobic training is beneficial for rehabilitation of non-specific chronic low back pain:

  • CORE STABILIZATION AND GENERAL STRENGTHENING EXERCISES:  increasing the core strength can improve the stability of the lower back spine and has been shown to reduce low back pain by 39%–76.8%, while a general strengthening program significantly reduced it by 61.6%.
  • FLEXIBILITY EXERCISES:  improving the flexibility of the lower back muscles as well as the hamstring muscles can improve the back's range of motion and functional movement, and effectively reduced low back pain by 18.5%–58%.
  • AEROBIC EXERCISES: aerobic exercise can increase the blood flow and delivery of nutrients to the back’s soft tissues, speeding up the healing process and reducing stiffness. Also, a 30 to 40-minute aerobic exercise has been found to increase the release of chemical endorphins to decrease the sensation of pain. A moderate-intensity exercise has been shown to reduce back pain by 20 to 47%, and with high-intensity exercises by 30 to 41%.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE INCREASE BLOOD FLOW TO THE BACK, AND SO IS  RECOVAPRO!!!

There is no specific treatment that can totally resolve back pain, and evidence suggests it’s multidisciplinary or a combination of different methods. However, the above facts have demonstrated the benefits and effectiveness of movement. Physical activity and exercise can increase the blood flow to the soft tissues of the back,1 thereby, continuously supplying the area with the nutrition needed for repair and healing of the damages incurred in your daily activities. Being physically active, through activities of daily living, has been highlighted as important in assisting the recovery of acute and chronic low back pain.2Being inactive and not moving enough can weaken your core muscles and can make the pain worse. Go about your daily life as normally as possible, and not allow the pain to limit your activities too much.

Vibration therapy such as the Recovapro has already proven its ability to enhance circulation and provide effects such as by movement or exercise. It’s not an alternative to exercise, but it can definitely assist you in preparing your body before stretching, strengthening, or training to help you prevent injuries to your back and after exercise to help you recover faster and heal whatever damages you’ve incurred to your low back from exercise.

CREDIT: Background image by bruce mars ‑ Unsplash


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