This may be hard to believe, but exercise can actually help to relieve your back pain. Although some people assume that performing a physical activity with a back injury will only make it worse, this is usually not true. It is often times one of the best things you can do for your pain! So the back pain relief tip for this week is about two of the best simple exercises to help relieve your back pain.
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Before we get in to the exercises, always remember to be extra careful and make sure you do not overexert yourself. There are often limits on how much exercise each person can do, depending on the cause and the severity of their back pain. Your main goal should be able to do as much exercise as you are able to safely, so that you do not worsen the injury.
The first simple exercise for your back pain is also the best because it is so easy to do: walking! The great thing about walking is that most people can do it, and they can do it anywhere. Your first goal should be to walk 20 minutes a day. If it's too hard to walk that long at first, break it up into shorter trips throughout the day until your back gets stronger and you get used to the activity. When you can do 20 minutes with no problems, increase the time to 25 minutes, then 30, and so on.
The other simple exercise that can greatly help with back pain is swimming! You should try to swim at least once a week. When you're in the pool you are eliminating much of the pressure on your back, which both lessens your pain while also making it easier to more around. It is a great way to relieve stress on your back while you are also strengthening the muscles around your spine.
This video can help explain further why these exercises are good for your back:
At the Illinois Back Institute we strive to educate everyone as much as possible about their back pain and sciatica, because it is proven that the more people know about their problem the more likely they are to eliminate it!
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