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Types of Exercise to help Prevent Back Pain

December 18th 2005

Types of Exercise to help Prevent Back Pain

Consult a Doctor First

Exercise may extend your life and help prevent back pain and other ailments.  Very little research indicates that exercise is bad.  Many experts believe a combination of strength training and aerobics is best. 

About eight in ten Americans will experience some form of lower back pain at some point in their lifetime.  The good news is that there are a multitude of treatments available.  The bad news is that lower back pain can also be tricky to treat according to the Austin American Statesman Online.

Treatments include drugs and / or surgery.  Sometimes aspirin may help, but in some cases a strong prescription drug is necessary.  There are also pain-pumps, nerve blocks, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy.  Simple things like a message or complicated treatments like mechanical devices that stretch the back can also help relieve back pain.


There are some things you can do to forestall back pain before it happens.  Try not to use your back when you pick things up.  Use your knees.  Also, consider working on your stomach muscles.  Strong abdominals may help prevent back pain. It helps to have “stability and core strength in the midsection”.  Muscles in the back and abdomen should have the same tone as your arm muscles.

A sedentary lifestyle and obesity are two of the major causes of lower pack pain according to experts.  Even a lack of exercise can make existing back pain worse.

Also, according to a study out of Harvard, exercise can extend your life.  News Target reports that “men who work out and maintain physical exercise regularly can gain about two hours of life expectancy for each hour of exercise.”  Dr. Harvey Simon, editor of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch said that exercise “is a good long drink of vitality, especially as part of a comprehensive program that includes aerobic exercise, strength training, and stretching."  As little as 30 minutes of brisk walking everyday can make the difference. 

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