Staying Active May Reduce Low Back Pain
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic back pain, often times in the lower back. This pain can be caused by a myriad of reasons, from strain to age. The treatment that one receives is always unique and may range from surgery to physical therapy to chiropractic. Spinal adjustments performed by chiropractic doctors can help put any misaligned vertebrae back in place, thus releasing nerve tension and promoting blood flow. But in addition to these treatments, a new study suggests that the more active a patient is, the fast they may heal. That is of course if they are healthy enough for activity – speak to a physician before starting any regimen.
The study evaluated how patients recovered from their chronic low back pain in relation to their levels of activity. Volunteers were asked to either remain active despite pain or adjust activity levels based on their levels of pain. Despite their perceived pain, those who remained active tended to recover sooner and suffer less depression than their counterparts. Those who were told to watch their activities actually felt more depressed and reported reduced mobility.
The research team believes that the results of the study suggest that patients suffering from chronic lower back pain who remain active are promoting their mobility and self-esteem. By remaining active and doing their best, they may have a more positive outlook on the recovery process. It is part physical therapy, part power of positive thought. The research team still insists that patients not over do it but instead consult their care team about what activities are safe.
In addition to the physical activity, chiropractic patients with lower back pain may also engage in stretching exercises. There may be some resistance or not, depending on the level of injury and pain. These light exercises are not as vigorous as tennis or swimming, but can supplement their benefit by keeping the muscles loose and limber. Along with regular adjustments and consultations with your care team, your low back pain may recover even sooner.