Exercising with Back Pain

When you hear the word exercise, you may envision a miserable experience — running on a treadmill, lifting heavy weights, sweat, and pain. Getting a workout is probably the last thing on your mind if you experience chronic back pain. You might be keen to lay on the bed with a heating pad to get relief from your pain rather than exercise, but we have some inspiring news that will help you get off the couch! Read on to see how exercise can help relieve your pain.

Exercising With Back Pain

For short term relief, the heating pad is the way to go, but for lasting relief the answer to your back pain is exercise.

You do not have to leave the comfort of your home or pay any gym membership fees to get the amount of exercise you need to lead a healthy lifestyle and help mediate your back pain. Much of your pain can be reduced with simple exercising and stretching techniques that can be done in as little as 15 minutes a day.

Exercising with back pain is not, and should not, be a vigorous activity. Your back is already in a sensitive state and sore muscles will not aid in the relief of your back pain. Simple exercises can help increase blood flow to the affected area, providing oxygen and nutrients to facilitate healing and pain relief.

Motivation is Key

Motivation can be the largest obstacle when it comes to exercising with back pain. As we mentioned before, the heating pad seems like a much better and easier way to obtain relief, but human muscles are not made to become stiff and sedentary, and when they become that way an injury is more likely to occur. According to Dr. RJ Burr:

Movement is medicine. Motion is lotion.

Having a workout buddy to motivate you to get moving can really help aid in your success. Get in a routine of working out each morning or afternoon with your partner or a close neighbor or friend. Hold each other accountable!

What Types of Exercises Should You Do?

There are different types of exercises for different types of pain. To determine which type of exercise is best for you, talk with your doctor to set up a daily exercise plan because not all exercises help your back pain. Make sure you are also using proper form when exercising to avoid straining or pulling muscles.

If you find you have difficulty with maintaining proper form during exercise, a back brace may be right for you. Back braces can help provide stability and correct posture which can benefit the quality of your workout.

To see if you could qualify for a back brace through your insurance, simply fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Customer Service Representatives will follow-up with you within three business days. Soon enough, you will be on the fast-track to feeling your best!

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