Back pain is typically experienced as a combination of soreness, muscle tension, and stiffness concentrated in the lower back region (as illustrated in the image below).
Back pain is an extremely common source of pain and frustration. It is estimated that up to 80% of the adult population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Causes are varied and will often be a complex mixture of both physical and mental factors like stress, work, and bad posture. Luckily, it's relatively easy to do something about an aching back if you have the right tools.
Regular exercise has an incredible amount of benefits, including helping you burn unwanted calories and increasing your energy and happiness levels, but it's also extremely effective at reducing your pain and alleviate tension in your back. So while you might think that a painful back needs rest rather than exercise, too much inactivity can actually increase your pain because your back muscles stiffen and lose strength.
Use exercise to treat your back pain
This is why performing the right kind of exercises will help you reduce your pain as it helps you stretch your sore back muscles and increase muscle strength.
Regular exercise (at least 3 times per week) can even have the added benefits of making you less dependent on pain-killing medicine as well as saving you both time and money spent on physiotherapy. The Injurymap team has put together 3 easy and simple exercises to get you started. All 3 exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and are designed to build up your back muscles and reduce your pain.
You can find even more exercise videos and a full training program for treating your back pain in the Injurymap app. Download it right here.
We hope that you will find these exercises useful and that they bring you closer to a pain-free life. Don't forget to check out the Injurymap app and the rest of our website to learn more about how to treat your painful back.