If you have back Pain, read tour following tips to take care of your back.
Your whole body must keep active to stay healthy. It thrives on use.
Regular physical activity:
- Develops your muscles
- Keeps you supple
- Gives you stronger bones
- Makes you fit
- Makes you feel good
- Releases natural chemicals that reduce the pain
Even when your back is painful, you can make a start without putting too much stress on
- Exercise bike
- Dancing/Yoga/keep fit
Exercise gets your back moving again by stretching tight muscles and joints, and stops the working parts seizing up. It also makes your heart and lungs work and improves physical fitness.
Different things suit different people. Experiment – find what works best for you and your back. Your goal is to get moving and steadily increase your level of activity. Do a little bit more each day.
Getting stiff joints and muscles working can be painful. Athletes accept that when they start training, their muscles can hurt and they have to work through the pain barrier. But that does not mean they are doing any damage. So don’t worry if exercise makes you a bit sore at first – that’s usually a sign you are actually making progress! As you get fully fit the pain should ease off.
No-one pretends it’s easy. Pain killers and other treatments can help to control the pain to let you get started, but you will still have to do the work. There is no other way. You have a straight choice: rest and get worse, or get active and recover.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking it will be easier in a week or two, next month, next year. It won’t! The longer you put it off, the harder it will be to get going again. The faster you get back to normal activities and back to work the better – even if you still have some restrictions.