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Keep Your Back Strong against Pain



Up to 80% of adults in Western countries have back pain at some point in their lives. It’s chronic for some and can be debilitating.

 

It can be hard to figure out why it’s happening or how to feel better. And everybody wants a magic pill.

 

But we know there’s a better way: movement.

 

A fitness program that combines strength, flexibility, aerobic fitness is beneficial, the National Institutes of Health says. “Increasing core muscular strength can assist in supporting the lumbar spine. Improving the flexibility of the muscle-tendons and ligaments in the back increases the range of motion and assists with the patient’s functional movement. Aerobic exercise increases the blood flow and nutrients to the soft tissues in the back, improving the healing process and reducing stiffness that can result in back pain.”

 

Let’s discuss the best exercise options for you. In the meantime, review these five facts about low back pain in Canada.

 

  1. Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability.

  2. It costs more than $8 billion a year.

  3. Exercise helps; doing nothing and hoping for the best just delays recovery.

  4. Studies show flexibility of the lumbar spine and hamstrings, core stabilization, and muscular strength significantly reduce low back pain.

  5. If you have low back pain, first see your doctor to rule out serious causes. Then start moving. Come see me to learn more about strength training, aerobic exercise, yoga, Pilates, tai chi and more.


And remember, be kind to yourself and others! See you next time,


Dr. Loïse

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