Exercise is the most significant way to improve the health and decrease pain. Appropriate exercises can increase strength, improve flexibility, and reduce back pain. Most of the doctors accept that exercise plays a vital role and is considered as one of the most important treatment options in the recovery of back pain. Our back is stressed by the demands we make on the body every day in life. It’s a fact that when you are fit, your back is strong and the stress or strain of daily life activities can be dealt with less difficulty.

Most commonly people become inactive once they start experiencing back pain. The amount of stress rendered on the back makes the muscles supporting the spine become weak and lose their tonicity due to which they can shrink and contract. This leads to tightness of the muscles which makes you feel more tired and inactive. You may feel uneasy or uncomfortable while sitting or bending. These constant movements may lead to severe back pain and discomfort. As a result of chronic back pain, most people feel exhausted, restless and sometimes even develop depression. Pain and inactivity are related to each other. Various health disorders such as heart attacks, obesity, and strokes can develop as a result of inactivity.

Patients with chronic low back pain are mostly prone to suffering from the ill effects of too little exercise. If you feel that moving your back makes you feel uncomfortable, you tend to become less active with time. Avoiding physical movements worsens pain over time. In the past, doctors advised patients prolonged bed rest and inactivity for back pain, which over time only worsened the condition and led to a slow recovery.

Exercise helps to strengthen and stretch the muscles thereby improving muscle tonicity. Exercise is a healthy tool to relieve pain and make you feel physically and psychologically comfortable similar to the use of pain medications but without the risks and side effects. Adhering to a physical conditioning regimen suggested by your doctor is especially important to patients with chronic back pain. Back pain is usually described as a psychobiological disorder that means it includes both physical and psychological elements. Exercise has benefits of reducing the disability from back pain, and also relieves frustration and helplessness associated with pain.

Scot D Miller DO MBA FACS
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Dr. Miller has been extensively involved with Orthopaedic Spinal implant design with many companies including Biomet Spine, Stryker Spine, Integra Life Sciences, Depuy Spine and others...Read More
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