Back pain is fast becoming a common medical complaint and 8 out of every 10 Americans suffer from back pain at least once during their lifetime. For some it can be short termed but for most, especially people in their middle and old age, it can become a chronic problem. It can be a result of bad sitting or sleeping posture, lifting weight, long hours of gardening and sometimes even as simple as bending to pick up a piece of paper. But whatever the reason for your back pain, it should not restrict you from working out or doing your normal activities. According to orthopedic spine surgeon David Hanscom of Swedish Neuroscience Specialists in Seattle, it’s safe to exercise with low or mid back pain. In fact, activity is the best medicine for back pain because the right kind of exercises and movement can be beneficial; bringing fresh oxygenated blood to sore areas that promotes healing.
Here are a few workout tips to ease and avoid back pain:
When struck with back pain it’s best to limit bed and rest and do simple exercises to keep you moving. Walking is one the best simple exercises for back pain because it gets you out of a sitting posture and puts your body in a neutral, upright position.