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Should You Exercise With Back Pain?

Back pain is a common issue that impacts many individuals, and it can be extremely frustrating. Many people think that if they rest or take it easy, the pain will go away on its own.

Unfortunately, this isn’t usually the case; in fact, rest may even make the problem worse. Exercising and other forms of physical activity are the most effective ways to reduce or eliminate back pain.

Physical activity helps improve flexibility and posture and strengthens muscles around the spine. Stretching exercises such as yoga have been shown to help relieve lower back pain by increasing range of motion and improving circulation. Lower-impact activities such as swimming, cycling, and walking also provide therapeutic benefits for those suffering from chronic back pain.

It is also important to maintain a healthy weight as excess body fat can add pressure to the spine, which can cause pain. Eating a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise will help keep your weight at a healthy level and reduce your risk of developing chronic back pain.

Proper exercise and physical activity play an essential role in managing back pain. If done correctly, these activities can provide relief from chronic back pain as well as help prevent future occurrences.

If you are experiencing pain, are dealing with back issues, and have questions about the next steps in the recovery process, then schedule a time to come see us at Empower PT & Pilates. With the right instructions and support, you may be able to reduce or even eliminate your back pain altogether.

Many people believe that rest will eventually solve the back pain that you are experiencing and that by taking time off from exercise will allow for the back to heal on its own. However, that isn’t the case. Obviously, listening to your body and not pushing through pain is important in helping you heal, but in most cases it helps when you stay active and come up with a treatment plan when dealing with a back issue.

Here Are Ways You Can Exercise With Back Pain

1. Pilates: Pilates is a great way to manage and prevent back pain. Through its series of low-impact exercises, Pilates helps build core strength and stability that reduces strain on the spine. This can help improve posture, balance, coordination and flexibility – all factors which play an important role in minimizing back pain. Additionally, staying active with Pilates can be beneficial for overall health and well-being by encouraging better breathing habits, improved circulation and stress reduction. Practicing Pilates regularly not only helps alleviate current aches but also prevents future discomfort from developing.

2. Core strengthening exercises: Strengthening the muscles around your core can help keep your spine in alignment and reduce back pain. This may include planks, crunches, bridges, and other targeted exercises. Doing these exercises regularly can improve posture and support the spine, thus reducing lower back pain.

3. Aerobic Exercise: Doing low-impact aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, or biking can help to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation in the back region. This can help to relieve pain and improve overall function. Additionally, aerobic exercise helps to strengthen muscles which support the spine and reduces tension in the lower back area.

4. Yoga: Practicing yoga poses specifically designed to target lower back pain can be beneficial in helping with discomfort and stiffness. Poses such as cobra pose, triangle pose, bridge pose, locust pose, cat-cow pose, and happy baby are all gentle ways to move your spine while relieving tension in the affected area.

5. Foam Rolling: Using a foam roller to massage the affected area can help reduce tightness, improve circulation, and increase mobility of the muscles in the lower back region. This can be very beneficial in helping to ease pain and improve overall flexibility. Additionally, foam rolling is a great way to relax the body and mind while relieving tension in your back.

Are You Wanting To Stay Active With Back Pain and Don’t Know Where to Begin?

Empower PT & Pilates offers a Free Pilates Taster Session, where you can come in and see if Pilates and the different programs we offer are a fit for you. We get several requests per day and only have room for one or two a week, so get started and schedule your Free Pilates Taster Session today!

We also offer a Mommy & Me Pilates and Pelvic Floor Workshop! We know that postpartum life can be lonely and that Pilates is a great way for you to meet with a community of mothers about the changes you may be experiencing. That is why this workshop is perfect for mothers wanting to connect with other mothers and build the confidence and strength after labor, delivery and pregnancy. Reserve your spot for our next workshop!

We want to help, so contact our Arvada location today to schedule a time to come see us.  Contact our team or schedule a Free Pilates Taster Session so you can determine if our programs are right for you!

All you need to do is tell us a bit about what’s going on through this quick form and we will have a conversation about how we may be able to help.

You can also give us a call at (720) 722-0685. 

See you soon,

Dr. Casey

Other Free Resources…

Free Guide – 10 Reasons Why Pilates Will Ease Your Pain and Reshape Your Life (And Body)

Read our blog – Exercises That Can Help Strengthen Your Core

Read our blog – 6 Pilates Exercises That Will Help With Back Pain

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