Back Pain Treatment - Exercise
If you have back pain that has made you inactive, eventually you are going to need to get moving again, regardless of the treatment options you pursue. Also, exercise, in the form of back exercises that are focused on improving back health, and those that involve breaking a sweat and improving your overall health, may help you to prevent long bouts of back pain from recurring. Exercise, that raises the heart rate and/or challenges the muscles, is a great way to be and stay healthy. A regular and diverse exercise program can increase your energy and mood, boost your energy, and decrease your chance of developing certain illnesses like cancer and heart disease.
Often, when you experience back pain, your first instinct may be to try to protect your back and avoid any types of activities that would make it worse. Often, that might mean avoiding exercise altogether. This may or may be a good strategy for you. Unfortunately, some degenerative back conditions are irreversible, meaning that the structural damage done to your back won't correct itself with time or rest. Now this doesn't mean that you may not be able to improve your well being despite the structural damage or live a quality and back pain free life afterwards. You can. But often exercise will be an integral part of the healing process, and you will eventually want to strengthen your muscles, especially your core and back muscles, in order to protect your back that has been structurally compromised. But before doing so, check with your doctor to make sure that you are up for certain types of activities before going out there and doing them.
Do you want to start up an exercise program again, but are afraid to do so? Or if the back pain and stiffness to the degree that you can hardly imagine exercising? If you want to get out there again, to start breaking a sweat and get back into shape, speak to your doctor or physical therapist about what types of activities or activities may be appropriate to you. Once you have been cleared by your doctor to perform certain activities, start slowly, set small goals, and build from there.
Do you want to try to get back in shape, but don't think you can afford the cost of new equipment, gym fees, or simply do not have enough time to put into it? Don't worry. There are tons of exercises available that don't take very long, and can be done in your home. If you are interested in joining a gym but don't think you can afford the monthly fees, check with your employer or insurance companies, because many of them subsidize part or all of the cost. Exercise can also be worked into your daily schedule in small increments, and it often doesn't require any specialty equipment at all. Simply walking around the block, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, can help build muscle strength and endurance, and keep your body strong and flexible.
A well-rounded exercise should contain three types of exercise: Isometric, Isotonic, and Isokinetic. Click here to learn more about these three types of exercises.