Working out and Back Pain
Back pain is something that haunts most of us in some form or another. Often, symptoms show up without a real rhyme or reason - did switching the laundry over do it? Or maybe I stepped down the stairs funny...?
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. They also estimate that 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives - that equals about 4 in every 5 people.
With the way your spine is designed, there is a complex system of joints, muscles, ligaments, disks, vertebrae and nerves which can become injured/inflamed and contribute to back pain.
So, what can you do to prevent back pain?
Well, the ACA recommends:
- Maintain a health diet and weight
- Remain active (with medical clearance)
- Avoid prolonged inactivity
- Maintain proper posture
- Lift with your knees to avoid excessive stress in the lumbar spine
Now you're wondering, where does personal training fit in here? Well, unfortunately, due to an influx of poorly trained and inexperienced personal trainers, it often contributes to back pain! This is where it is important to select a trainer who assesses your movement and posture and factors those results into your training program. So, anyways, as mentioned above, most of the factors contributing to back pain are actually 100% within your control, and, with proper medical clearance, can be helped and prevented by working with a personal trainer.
Often, it seems that when someone injures their back, they become inactive. Short-term, this si good for healing and can help - but fear of re-injury (or flare up) keeps people from going back to exercise. I am here to tell you that will only make things worse for you! The best course of action would be to find a trainer with experience working with clients suffering from back pain (ahem ahem) and hire them in an instant. Your back will thank you!
I can tell you as someone who has personally suffered from severe low-back pain, exercise is the only thing that keeps the pain away. I tried painkillers, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage and other funky things I won't mention. The only modality with lasting effects is properly planned and executed exercise, starting from the core out!
Are you inactive because of low back pain? If you have medical clearance to do so, give me a call or shoot me a message and lets do an assessment and see what I can do for you.
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